The Birthday of Emma Lani.—Friday (yesterday), the 2nd of January, 1880, was the 44th birthday of the life of Queen Emma Kaleleonalani. Just as usual, the day on which her royal mother suffered birthing pains arrived. There were throngs gathered at the walls of her estate. We are very happy to inform the public that as always the “beloved elegance of lehua blossoms” top her sweet rounded cheeks, and the figure of that “Rare Blossom” of the people is in fine shape. And as the people happily celebrate the arrival of this fine day, we also reminisce as we join in the celebration, while we utter a prayer, wishing that she and her family live long in ease and prosperity. The King kindly made his way by to give his congratulations to the Queen of one of the famous Kings of Hawaii nei.
[The Daughters of Hawaii announced that today, 1/2/2014, in honor of Queen Emma’s 178th birthday, there will be a new exhibit opening, along with free admission to Hanaiakamalama, with a short program at 11 a. m. So if you are on Oahu, this sounds like a good way to spend the Queen’s birthday!]
(Kuokoa, 1/3/1880, p. 2)