Kamehameha boys graduate, 1917.

Kamehameha Boys’ School to Graduate 18 Commencement Exercises Occur Tonight

The Kamehameha boys’ school will graduate a class of 18 young men at commencement exercises to be held this evening on the lawn in front of the Bishop memorial chapel, Kamehameha campus. Every member of the class of 1917 is an officer.

In the accompanying picture the graduates are, reading from left to right, as follows: Standing—Cadet 2d Lieut. Valentine Kane, Cadet Capt. Clement Akana, Cadet 2d Lieut. Samuel Poepoe, Cadet Sergt. George Machado, Cadet Color Sergt. Samuel Mahoe, Cadet Color Sergt. John Kupihea, Cadet Sergt.-Maj. Joseph Palama, Cadet Sergt. Francis Spencer, Cadet Q. M. Sergt. Abraham Hobbs.

Seated—Cadet 1st Lieut. Earle Eaton, Cadet 1st Lieut. Lazaro Kaimuloa, Cadet Capt. William de la Nux, Cadet Maj. Joseph Smythe, Cadet 1st Lieut. and Adjutant Ahoi Simeona, Cadet 1st Lieut. Moses Ahuna, Cadet 2d Lieut. and Quartermaster David Simeona.

Seated in front—Cadet 2d Lieut. Nohea Peck, Cadet Sergt. James Rowland.

(Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 6/7/1917, p. 5)

Kamehameha Boys' School to Graduate 18...

Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Volume XXIV, Number 7847, Page 5. June 7, 1917.

First Kamehameha class reunites, 1916.


Students of the ’91 Graduate Class of Kamehameha: Those standing from the Left—Thomas N. Haae, Charles Blake, William M. Keolanui, Samuel Kauhane, Fred K. Beckley, William K. Rathburn. Those seated—Solomon Hanohano, John K. Waiamau, William O. Crowell, Charles E. King, and Samuel Keliinoi.

[There are many priceless articles on this reunion; this includes the one that accompanies the picture which can be found here from pages 1 & 3.

It is pretty awesome that we can compare the graduation portrait of the class of 1891 which is on the Kamehameha Schools Archives page with this picture from 25 years later!]

(Kuokoa, 6/16/1916, p. 3)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LIV, Helu 24, Aoao 3. Iune 16, 1916.


The first Kamehameha class celebrates reunion, 1916.

The Alumni Remember

For the 25th anniversary of their graduation from Kamehameha School, the boys of the class of 1891 are looking back; it is the first class that graduated from that school, under the principal Rev. W. B. Oleson.

The 10th, 11th, and 12th of upcoming June will be set aside as time to reflect by the students still alive today.

From within the class of 14 that graduated in 1891, there are 12 of them still living, and two that passed away. Those residing in this town are: Charles E. King, Samuel Keliinoi, Frederick William Beckley, Solomon Hanohano, William K. Rathburn, and John K. Waiamau. On Hawaii island are Samuel Kauhane, William M. Keolanui, Enock Brown [Enoch Brown], and Thomas N. Haae. On Kauai is Charles Blake and William O. Crowell. The students who passed away are Robert Pahau and Moses Kauwe.

(Kuokoa, 5/12/1916, p. 1)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LIV, Helu 19, Aoao 1. Mei 12, 1916.