Queen Liliuokalani birthday celebration, 1911.

Birthday of Liliu.

On this past Saturday, September 2, it was the birthday of Queen Liliuokalani, and a royal audience was held midday of that day between 11 a. m. and 1 p. m. in the afternoon.

At 8 a. m. in the morning of this Saturday, the Royal Hawaiian Band [Bana Hawaii] appeared at Washington Place [Wakinekona Home] and played Hawaiian songs which were composed by the alii during the Monarchy of Hawaii nei, and some of these songs were composed by Queen Liliuokalani. The Royal Hawaiian Band played for an hour in the morning to commemorate the birthday of Liliu at Washington Place, and they played once again from 11 midday to 1 in the afternoon.

At 11, the public was allowed to come and see the alii. The Kalama Society, Kaahumanu Society, and Kauikeaouli Society arrived to see the Queen.

The interior of Washington Place was decorated with kahili, just as during the era when the alii ruled—it was beautiful and awe inspiring to see that morning. The Queen sat upon her cotton chair [noho pulu], with two boys behind her chair, holding long kahili, with ahuula upon their shoulders. The Princess Kawananakoa was on the Queen’s right, and Colonel Iaukea was on her left, and he was the one who introduced the Queen to the malihini and to the townspeople. There also, were the heads of the Territory, County, and Federal government. There were many distinguished people of this town who went to see the alii, and by the looks of it, almost one thousand people came during this royal audience.

What shocked this reporter on that morning, was that two-thirds of the people who went to give their congratulations on the birthday of the Queen were malihini and haole. As for the true Hawaiians, only but a few went to see the alii. Reflecting back in time, and seeing Liliu in her finery, i am lulled into recalling the days when Hawaiians were proud upon the soil of their native land.

(Kuokoa Home Rula, 9/8/1911, p. 4)

ka La Hanau o Liliu.

Kuokoa Home Rula, Buke IX, Helu 36, Aoao 4. Sepatemaba 8, 1911.

3 thoughts on “Queen Liliuokalani birthday celebration, 1911.

  1. My mother, Thelma Olds, was seven years old and came with her grandmother Elizabeth Achuck, a dear friend of the Queen, and her mother, Mrs. James Olds, to the birthday reception mentioned in this article. In the Queen’s Guest Book, her mother signed her name for her, but the next year, 1912, Mother wrote her own name in beautiful penmanship. The Queen’s Guest books are held in the Archives, which is where I have obtained copies of these pages. Before she died, my mother made a tape recording of her memories of the birthday parties as well as her Sunday morning visits to the Queen with her grandmother after church. It is a treasure! Thank you for choosing article to translate.

  2. Nani nō ka unuhi ʻana o ia ʻatikala me ke kālele ʻana o ka paukū hope loa. Piʻi mai nō ke aloha ke heluhelu au i kēia manaʻo “…nā lā e haʻaheo ana nā Hawaiʻi ma luna o ka lepo o kona ʻāina kulāiwi’”.

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