Kamehameha School graduation, 1893.


Graduating Exercises at Kawaiahao Church—List of Graduates.

The graduating exercises of the Kamehameha Schools took place at Kawaiahao Church yesterday evening, the old stone edifice being crowded to its utmost capacity. The church was decorated with potted plants and evergreens. Revs. W. B. Oleson, the retiring principal, and S. L. Desha were seated on the platform near a picture of the founder of the school, Mrs. Bernice Pauahi Bishop. The exercises opened with orchestral music under the leadership of Prof. Berger, and was followed with a salutatory address by Samuel Mahelona delivered finely. Class statistics by Abraham Pihi preceded a song by the popular glee club. The club received an encore. Two discussions were held—one entitled, “Resolved, That an income tax is desirable for this country.” and the other, “Resolved, That large landed estates are harmful to national development.” James Harbottle and John Wahinemaikai and William Meheula and David Ai took part in the first and Henry Blake and Samuel Mahuka and I. Harbottle and Robert Baker argued on the second. The argument showed careful training and the speakers displayed good elocution. A composition, “Homes for Hawaiians,” by K. Kanehe, was an excellent effort. Moses Kauwe in “Class Prophecy” caused ripples of laughter with his quaint sayings. The valedictory was delivered by M. Hoonani, after which Principal Oleson presented the graduating class with their diplomas. Mr. Desha pronounced the benediction. The graduating class consist of: David Ai, Robert Baker, Henry Blake, Isaac Harbottle, James Harbottle, Matthew Hoonani, Kaili Kanehe, Noah Kauhane, Mose Kauwe, Solomon Mahelona, Samuel Mahuka, William Meheula, Abraham Pihi, John Wahinemaikai.

[Here is a picture of the class of 1893 found on the Kamehameha Schools Archives page. Some names given on the Archives page are not the same as found here.

Here is perhaps a more detailed article on the graduation appearing in the Hawaiian Gazette.

Yet another article in the Pacific Commercial Advertiser.

And this as well.

Also, see this touching follow up post on one of the graduates, Abraham Pihi!]

(Daily Bulletin, 6/16/1893, p. 3)


The Daily Bulletin, Volume V, Number 754, Page 3. June 16, 1893.

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