New blog from the folks who bring the Hawaii newspapers to Chronicling America, 2013.


I just came across this new (as of summer 2013) blog from the Hawaii Digital Newspaper Project. They are the ones who take care of the Hawaii newspapers on Chronicling America. On the blog are posts about the progress of the project itself, as well as random articles from the English-language newspapers. I am looking forward to see what they find in the future about the past!


The Ninth Independence Day, 1852.

Chamberlain’s Notice.

The public are hereby notified that Sunday, the 28th of this month, being the ninth Anniversary of the Joint-Declaration of Great Britain and France to respect the independence of this Kingdom, the day will be kept on Monday, the 29th, as a holiday in the usual manner.

Their Majesties, the King and Queen will hold Court in the Palace at half past 7 o’clock, in the evening, whereat there will be a public reception.

Strangers, (Ladies or gentlemen) desirous of being presented, are requested to bring with them cards signed by the Consuls of their several nations.


Chamberlain’s Office, Nov. 12, 1852.

[The 9th anniversary of La Kuokoa was celebrated under the reign of King Kamehameha III, Kauikeaouli and Queen Kapakuhaili.]

(Polynesian, 11/20/1852, p. 110)

Chamberlain's Notice.

The Polynesian, Volume 9, Number 28, Page 110. November 20, 1852.

La Kuokoa information and more… 1700–1999.

For those of you interested, i came across this British Newspaper Archive site. It is unfortunately not free access. But if you want to know what their newspapers were saying about Haalilio and Richards and Paulet and Charlton as it all was going down (or other events that occurred between 1700–1999), it might be worth paying the subscription. Here for example there seem to be some four-thousand articles in the 1840s found using the search term “Sandwich Islands”:

And for the same period, there are five hits for “Haalilio”:

[Being that it is a pay for view site, i don’t believe that i would be able to repost articles found there even if i spent the money for a subscription myself…]

45th La Kuokoa celebration, 1888.


This coming Tuesday, November 28th, is the forty-fifth year celebration marking the recognition by the Heads of the Nations of Great Britain and France of Hawaiian independence; this day is set aside as a holiday all across the land. In other lands which enjoy independence through learning and enlightenment, independence day is seen as a day of rebirth for the nation and victory. These are great events found in the history of Hawaii’s friendly international relations; this is a distinction not received by any other island here in Polynesia; it has been nearly half a century that we remain proud of her unwavering  independence—progress—and enlightenment.

Long Live Hawaii Under God.

[On this the 170th anniversary of La Kuokoa, what are you doing to remember the great efforts taken by those like Timoteo Haalilio and William Richards to gain independence for the Nation?]

(Kuokoa, 11/24/1888, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXVII, Helu 47, Aoao 2. Novemaba 24, 1888.

Speaking of Prendergast… 2013.

It is good to know if you are doing research on this name that the Hawaiianized version of Prendergast is Penikalaka. I am looking for a site that will host a database that will give alternate names for historical people, like Armstrong is Limaikaika, or Lincoln McCandless is Lina or Linekona Eliwai, and so forth. It would also be ideal if people could add to this list with a citation of where they found the alternate name. This would make for better/easier research in Hawaiian-language material, not just in newspapers.

Ellen Kekoahiwaikalani Prendergast’s “Kaulana na Pua”, 1896.

Look Here at This Mele


1. Kaulana na pua o Hawaii
Kupaa mahope o ka aina,
Hiki mai ka elele a ka lokoino
Palapala alunu me ka pakaha

2. Pane mai Hawaii-Nui o Keawe
Kokua na Hono-a-Piilani
Kakoo mai Kauai o Mano
Pau pu me ke one o Kakuhihewa

3. Aole e kau e ka pulima
Maluna o ka pepa a ka enemi
Aole makou a e minamina
I ka puu dala a ke Aupuni

4. Ua lawa makou i ka pohaku
I ka ai kamahao o ka aina
Hoohuiaina kuai hewa
I ka pono kivila o ke kanaka

5. Mahope makou o Liliulani
A kau hou la i ke Kalaunu
Haina ia mai ana ka puana
Na pua i aloha i ka aina


[This mele for obvious reasons is published many times throughout time.]

(Aloha Aina, 6/13/1896, p. 4)


Ke Aloha Aina, Buke II, Helu 24, Aoao 4. Iune 13, 1896.

Ellen Wright marries John Kapamawaho Prendergast, 1894.

Joined Together as One.

At the hour of 7:30 P. M. of last Thursday, August 9, 1894: joined together in the holy covenant of matrimony, was our fellow and friend, John Kapamawaho Prendergast and Miss Ellen Wright of Honolulu nei. The Bishop of Panopolis [Bihopa o Panopoli] performed their marriage ceremony.

Our beloved prayer is that your lives be blessed with good fortune from the Heavens and that love and patience remain always in your home and that your days upon Hawaiian soil be prolonged.

(Leo o ka Lahui (puka la), 8/13/1894, p. 3)

Ua Hoohuiia i Hookahi.

Ka Leo o ka Lahui (puka la), Buke II, Helu 1003, Aoao 3. Augate 13, 1894.

Heads of “Nupepa Ka Oiaio”, 1894.


Every Friday.

The charge for a single newspaper subscription: For six months, $1.00, for one year, $2.00


Business and trade and store advertisements are at a reasonable rate. Announcements from outside this town, are to be sent with payment.

Send comments under the name, John E. Bush, Ailuene Buki; newspaper subscription requests and payments to be all sent under the name, Treasurer John Kapamawaho Prendergast.¹



¹John Kapamawaho Prendergast would become the husband of Ellen Kekoaohiwaikalani Wright Prendergast.

(Nupepa Ka Oiaio (puka pule), 6/1/1894, p. 1)


Nupepa Ka Oiaio (puka pule), Buke VI, Helu 22, Aoao 1. Iune 1, 1894.

Mourning for the end of the Provisional Government? 1894.

Flags in Mourning.

On this day, the 30th of May, the House of Representatives opened with flags at half staff, showing that this was a day of mourning for this provisional government, being that their life under this temporary government is almost at an end.

(Nupepa Ka Oiaio (puka pule), 6/1/1894, p. 2)

He Welona Hae Kanikau.

Nupepa Ka Oiaio (puka pule), Buke IV, Helu 22, Aoao 2. Iune 1, 1894.