Kahili from Washington Place to go to Hanaiakamalama, 1918.


Because Washington Place [Wakinekona Hale] will be placed under the care of Governor McCarthy, as a home for him to live in with his family, twenty-six feather standards were returned from Washington Place to the old home of Queen Emma, in the uplands of Nuuanu, under the care of the Association, the Daughters of Hawaii [Na Kaikamahine o Hawaii].

During the funeral of Queen Liliuokalani, and while her body lay in state at Kawaiahao Church and in the throne room of the palace, those kahili were something the public could visit, however, as the result of an agreement between the trustees of Queen Liliuokalani’s estate and the Association of the Daughters of Hawaii, the caring for the kahili has been transferred to the association. As has been the custom from ancient times, it was during the night that kahili of those types were moved from one place to another, and so it was that the kahili were returned in the dark of night on Sunday two weeks ago.

However, because there were not enough people to carry the kahili and march on the roads to its new home where it is hoped to be cared for, the kahili were put on cars and it was on these cars which the people who held the kahili stood.

When the cars and the kahili arrived at the entrance to the yard of the home of Queen Emma in the uplands of Nuuanu, the kahili were taken by the leaders of the Association of the Daughters of Hawaii, and its care was transferred to them.

(Kuokoa, 10/18/1918, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LVI, Helu 42, Aoao 2. Okatoba 18, 1918.


2 thoughts on “Kahili from Washington Place to go to Hanaiakamalama, 1918.

  1. In an interview with Mrs. Lahilahi Webb, one of the Queen’s Lady-in-waiting, she stated to Mrs. Mary Kawena Pukui:

    “When my Queen was in her last sickness, I was by her side constantly, for I was her nurse and companion for many years. As I dozed one night, I had a brief dream of seeing her favorite kahili that always stood by her bed, fall gradually until it rested beside her on the bed. I awoke and knew that the end had come for my beloved Queen. A few hours later she breathed her last.

    The Queen wanted her kahilis to come here to the [Bishop] Museum but we were told that there were already a large number there, so most of them were taken to the Queen Emma Museum instead. When the time came to move them there, I was asked to do it, having had experience with the old rules and regulations. The custom was to roast a pig, and offer it. I did my best. After the street cars had stopped running, Mrs. Julia Swanzy and I rode on the truck with the kahilis. On the way up Nu`uanu, it rained but not a drop fell on us or the kahilis. Mrs. Swanzy did not know what to make of it, but I knew.”

    Mahalo for your posts nupepa-hawaii.com ;-) Nice to have supplemental resources!


    • Mahalo to you for your added information! It seems that at the time, Julia Judd Swanzy [aka Julie Judd Swanzy] served in the position of Presiding Regent for the Daughters of Hawaii.


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