Island Princesses, 1908.



Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume VI, Number 269, Page 2. February 23, 1908.


Thirty-four pa-u riders came cantering along in four sections of color: yellow, red, orange and pink, led by Judge Andrade and Mrs. Puahi. The Kaonohiokala Club sent fifteen horse women and the Wakinekona Club eighteen equestiennes. A brave sight they made with their long pa-us fluttering in the breeze and their garlands showing bright in the sunshine.

Several of the older riders were in the parade, ladies who wore the pa-u in the pleasure-loving days of the monarchy. Very dignified were these elderly dames and very well they rode. The younger women were out for fun and they certainly had it, galloping wherever there was room to and urging their steeds on with merry shouts. The riders included the following from the Kaonohiokala Club: Mrs. Puahi, Mrs. Kaumaka, Mrs. Dias, Mrs. Kaluapapakini, Mrs. Kailianu, Mrs. Nakapaahu, Mrs. Irene Silva, Mrs. Kauwa, Mrs. Haalou, Miss Lucy Woodward, Mrs. M. Hoonani, Mrs. Maluae, Mrs. Anehilo Keama, Mrs. Stahle, Mrs. Johnson; and the following members of the Wakinekona Club: Mrs. Horn, Mrs. Kapio, Mrs. Liau, Mrs. Aiwohi, Mrs. Jackson, Mrs. Pumehia, Mrs. Mahi, Mrs. Isaac, Mrs. Fairman, Mrs. Kekuewa, Mrs. Kapulani, Mrs. Tuck Williams, Miss Kekua, Miss M. Hao, Mrs. Emakai, Miss Marie Hiram, Miss Julia Lui, Miss Mary Wood.

First prize went to Mrs. Hila, a lady of dignified appearance and a horsewoman in every respect. Mrs. Kapulani was awarded second banner and Mrs. Walanika was adjudged third best.

Mrs. Kamaka Stillman, the grand, old pa-u rider of the Territory, was absent from the throng and hundreds of spectators looked for her in vain.


The cowboys clattered along in their panoply of lariats, chaps, jingling spurs and sombreros. They were an efficient, hostile looking crowd, led by Angus McPhee, Jack Fernandez and Chris Holt. This section consisted mostly of juvenile riders but what they lacked in size they more than made up for in ginger. One young fellow with woolly chaps and a pink red waist was cynosure of the eyes of all the girls along the route.

First prize was awarded to John Fernandez, who certainly looked the real thing. Sonny Gay came second on the award list and Ernest Gonsalves captured third prize. The latter had a fine horse and seated it in thorough cowboy fashion. A special prize was awarded Kilinahi of Moiliili, the old man who became known to fame through going attended on horseback for many years by a small dog, now dead.

The cowboys were as follows:

Angus McPhee, Chris Holt, Jack Fernandez, Arthur Hough, Foster Wond, C. F. Chock, Tom Pedro, Maunakea, C. Collins, James Cullen, Herbert Turner, Dan McCorriston, W. Wond, George Wond, L. K. Smith, John Marcallino, O. Torres, F. Alvera, William Holt, Charles Holt, George Lishman, Carter Galt, Walter Grace, Ernest Lishman, John Gonsalves, John Heiha, E. J. Gay, Joe Rodrigues, Marcus Monsarrat, William Ouderkirk, B. M. Sumner, M. Costa, D. Aveiro, Walter Kolomoku, F. Aveiro, Harvey Holt, Anton Lopez, John de Mello, Edward Pulawa, Joe Leal, J. J. Hurd, Kilinahi, Benny Clark, Master Pratt, Master Douglas Damon.


Stately as befitted royal dames, the Hawaiian princesses passed by. Ahead came Miss Emma Rose with Jimmy Holt for an outrider, Appy Colburn for herald and Eben Low’s daughters in attendance. Her colors were red to match the lehua leis, the island of Hawaii’s favorite flower, which she wore.

Miss Alice Bartholomew with Stanley Bellina as herald followed. She represented Maui and her colors were red and black. She wore red rose gathered in mighty Iao Valley, the popular flower on her own island.

Oahu was represented by Mrs. Mignonette Meyers, and Francis Brown heralded her coming. The yellow of the royal ilima was the keynote of her color-scheme, and she made a striking appearance.

The Garden Isle deputed Miss Emma Pihi to represent her, and John Hollinger announced her coming. Purple and green were her colors and very well they became the wearer. The green was the green of the sweet mokihana, a chaplet of which the Kauai princess wore.

Last came Molokai, in the person of Miss Victoria Meyers. James Holt acted as her herald and her colors were green and white, the green of the kukui which has ever been Molokai’s floral emblem. Miss Meyers rode well and was well mounted.

It has been arranged that each princess should wear the flower most popular in the island which she represented and the flowers used yesterday will be worn in future parades.

Oahu won first prize and the announcement was greeted by applause. Mrs. Meyers looked and rode splendidly and few complaints were heard over the judges’ decision.

Miss Alice Bartholomew took second prize for Maui and Miss Emma Rose, Hawaii’s princess, was awarded a special prize.

(Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 2/23/1908, p. 2)


Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume VI, Number 269, Page 2. February 23, 1908.

1 thought on “Island Princesses, 1908.

  1. Thank you so much for this wonderful blog. Miss Alice Bartholomew is my 2nd great grand aunt and it was so exciting to find this information. Thank you again, Mahalo nui.


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