THE DAYS OF YORE OF HONOLULU
The Anglican Church Saint Andrew’s [Sana Anaru] in the year 1873. Built in 1867.
Photograph by Williams.
[This is part of a series of pictures of old Honolulu that ran on the first page of the Kuokoa. From about 1900, pictures become an added feature of the papers. Paging through the papers, you never know what or who you will come across! (…even after the all of the pages become word searchable, until they find a way to indicate that there is an image of this or of that).
(Kuokoa, 3/6/1903, p. 1)
Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLI, Helu 10, Aoao 1. Maraki 6, 1903.
J. P. ALOHIKEA MEETS HIS DEATH
In common with a good many other Hawaiians, J. P. Alohikea, the well known harness maker and upholsterer of Lihue, went down to the shore Thursday evening to fish for ala-lau’a.
An experienced fisherman he went to that point on the rocky coast between the outer and inner lighthouse known as Pukaulua, a famous fishing hole, and was sitting there on the edge of the same when an unusually large swell rolled in and swept him off the narrow ledge of rock and into the boiling cauldron.
Thence the receeding surge carried him into the open sea. In the process he was doubtless more or less bruised and mangled so that he was unable to help himself effectively. William Hookano, who was near by, heard his call and tried to reach him with a long fishing rod, but in the fierce surge the bamboo was broken to fragments, and Hookano was warned of the futility of throwing himself into the sea to save his friend.
In the darkness and roar of the surge the unfortunate man was soon lost.
(Garden Island, 9/11/1917, p. 1)
The Garden Island, Volume 13, Number 37, Page 1. September 11, 1917.
THE RED FISH INVASION
The ancient superstition that visits of red fish in large numbers to the Islands portend the death of some member of the royal family, absurd as it may be, has just had what may be considered by many a remarkable substantiation. A few months ago there started running into and around the harbors of the Islands such schools of alalaua as had not been seen before in five years or more, if not in many years prior to that; and the schools of aweoweo, or grown alalaua, are still here. When the little red fish first started coming in months ago, the older natives shook their heads and declared that one of their aliis must go. It has so turned out. Of course the supposition that there is, or can be, any connection between the two circumstances is ridiculous, but the singular thing to anybody is that the two incidents should have happened together so many times in history, as to create a more or less fixed superstition.
(Maui News, 11/16/1917, p. 4)
The Maui News, Eighteenth Year, Number 923, Page 4. November 16, 1917.
Following the birthdays of our dearly Beloved Queen, her weakening health was noticed. And we guess that this is the reason for the appearance of the alalaua, like what is usual for this lahui, that when this fish to save the people runs, the Ruler will follow. Aloha for the Chiefs of this Lahui; left is Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, our Chiefly Representative and the Leader of this People.
(Puuhonua, 9/28/1917, p. 4)
Ka Puuhonua, Buke IV, Helu 39, Aoao 4. Sepatemaba 28, 1917.
THE ALALAUA¹ FISH IS A LIFE SAVER THESE DAYS.
All sorts of people are heading together these days to go pole fishing for alalaua: the piers are full of men, women, and children.
A few days ago is when the run of alalaua began by the piers near the prison of Kawa all the way until those by the mouth of the harbor. Even the haole went alalaua fishing at night, probably just for fun; however, for some, it is a true lifesaver, with the high cost of fish, where they can escape from buying fish [??]. If the alalaua keeps running in Honolulu Harbor, it is clear that the other desired fishes will be in trouble. God is the one who is controlling this, the prodding of this fish into the harbor; it is to alleviate the troubles of the people from the vise of the fish mongers.
All those going pole fishing should give their thanks to the Heavens for this great assistance, and we believe that the Heavenly Father will increase all kinds of fish more than this.
¹Alalaua (also seen as Alalauwa) is the juvenile stage of the Aweoweo.
(Aloha Aina, 9/14/1917, p. 4)
Ke Aloha Aina, Buke XXII, Helu 37, Aoao 4. Sepatemaba 14, 1917.