Telephones in Hawaii, 1910.

New Telephones.

It is believed that before the end of August, all of the work of the telephone company will be completed. Currently, there are 1,200 sets mounted in homes and businesses, and it is thought by those in charge, that there are 1,300 more sets to be installed, then all those wanting this new type of telephone will be supplied.

There are lots of this type of devices in the business office of this company, and there is more on the way aboard the steamer Lurline of this coming Wednesday. Supervisor Hummell stated yesterday, everything will be ready in three weeks. So after all of the sets are installed, all the old ones will be taken away. My! So speedy is the work of that Opihi Makaiauli.

[It seems that any box-like device that voice came out of was considered a “pahu olelo,” including, and perhaps more commonly seen when referring to a phonograph.]

(Kuokoa Home Rula, 8/12/1910, p. 3)

Na Telepona Hou.

Kuokoa Home Rula, Buke VIII, Helu 32, Aoao 3. Augate 12, 1910.

Tragedy shaping Duke Kahanamoku, 1910.


In the afternoon of this past Sunday at perhaps 4 or so, while a group of young children were swimming ocean side of the Moana Hotel, there was a youngster swimming with them by the name of John A. Aguiar, a 12 years old Portuguese child. While this crowd of children were surfing and playing in the ocean, a group of them swam out to a bunch of boards floating in the ocean, and when they reached this heap of boards, the boy was with them, the one amongst them who was tired out from being buffeted and overwhelmed by the waves. After resting and regaining their breath, they all returned back to the shore, and the Aguiar boy amongst them swam all the way to Seaside Hotel; he had not swam very far when he called out for help.  His swimming friends thought that this was him joking, so they paid him no attention.

When these children came ashore, one of their fellow children asked about Aguiar, and this is what some of them said. “He was calling for help. Why didn’t you help him?” They said, “It was probably Aguiar’s fooling around.” But because Aguiar’s clothes were found laying out, it was realized that this boy was lost.

This Monday morning, the body of this child was found in the shallows near the Moana Hotel by Duke Kahanamoku, Jr. There were no bruises on his body except for the ears where it was nibbled and nipped at by the small fish of the shore.

In Monday evening, his funeral was performed with sadness, regret, and aloha of the his family and friends.

[Perhaps this is one of the reasons why Duke was so involved in water safety and rescue. And if anyone is motioning or calling for help in the water, don’t assume that they are playing around!]

(Kuokoa Home Rula, 8/12/1910, p. 3)


Kuokoa Home Rula, Buke VIII, Helu 32, Aoao 3. Augate 12, 1910.



The beginning of the “Pineapple Island,” 1922.


Last week Monday, it was confirmed that Lanai was purchased by Hawaiian Pineapple Company [Hui Halakahiki Hawaii] for the price of a million dollars.

The two owners of the island, except for a remainder of but a thousand acres, are Frank F. Baldwin and H. A. Baldwin, giving them ownership of about 130 square miles.

Included in this purchase was the land, animals, and the buildings of Lanai Ranch [hui hanai holoholona o Lanai].

The main purpose for buying the island of Lanai was to plant pineapple, but for the time being, the company will explore planting pineapple in Waialua, and within three or four years from now, they will think about planting pineapple on Lanai; but for now, ranching will continue on the island.

Before Lanai becomes a pineapple island, one of the things that the pineapple company must think about first is the building of a proper pier, and at the same time, to do test plantings of pineapple at different places to see how the pineapple grows or does not grow.

(Kuokoa, November 23, 1922, p. 3)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXI, Helu 47, Aoao 3. Novemaba 23, 1922.

A composition by Davida Malo, 1864.

A mele by David Malo.

O Nupepa Kuokoa; Aloha oe:—Some subscribers of your newspaper have asked me to send in to you a mele by David Malo written for his wife, Pahia. And should it please you to print it once more, being that it is not offensive, and it is fine thing for the youth to read with aloha. Therefore. Here below is the mele:

Oia aloha kiai ka ula hailiaka,
I ke ohana lau opua haili aloha,
He-ae he aka,
He aka he haili aloha no kuu wahine eia e,
Kuu wahine mai ka ua lili lehua hee-koko,
Makau pili heekoko ula i ke kula,
Ula kana wai ula i Kanaha e,
Naha kaawale ka pili me ka wahine,
Me kuu wahine aloha i nalo aku la,
I hele hookahi aku nei aole,
Aole kuu hoa eia e,
Kuu hoa pili i ka ua ulalena,
He ua ulalena no Lilikoi,
Kuu wahine hoapili o ke anuanu,
Kuu hoa pupuuanu oia uka,
Oia aina koekoe ke noho,
E loku ana iloko o ka io ka hoi,
Ka li anu, haukeke a ka ua kiu,
I kahi a maua e noho ai,
Me kuu wahine i ka ua hamakualoa e, he loa e,
Loa wale hoi ka noho ana a ke aloha,
E kau ana ke aloha i kuu maka,
E haka loa nei no aole i pau,
Ke aloha o kuu wahine aole i nalo e eia e.

S. Lohiau.

Pauoa, Oct. 12, 1864.

[David Malo’s wife died on January 5, 1845, and this kanikau is first printed in the newspaper Nonanona, 3/18/1845, pp. 113–114.]

(Kuokoa, 10/15/1864, p. 3)

He mele na David Malo.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke III, Helu 42, Aoao 3. Okatoba 15, 1864.

Mafia? 1893.


“The Queen never will be restored to the throne, for she will be shot within 24 hours, and every man who takes office under her will be shot also—we have men secretly sworn to do it.”

Such was the remark made to the writer by a brainless young sprig of the “citizens reserve,” such is the tenor of numerous open threats of the canaille composing the annexation club, the citizens reserve and the American league organizations that pretending to be patriotically American are in fact veritable nests of socialism, fenianism and mafia.

To their shame be it said that these mafias are organized under men calling themselves Americans, men who heretofore have been regarded as respectable and intelligent citizens: Hatch, Castle, Wilder, Jones, Smith, McGrew, Emerson, and so on, whose names will pass into history as knavish pirates in a plot to steal a nation and compel America to receive the stolen goods.

A recent article in the Holomua warned that a wave of insanity had struck Honolulu in accordance with a well known theory of cycles. The malady appears to be growing worse, for certain it is, that all the men and women concerned in the overthrow of the Queen, the terrorism and misgovernment of a P. G. military despotism, and the present display of hostilities against the United States, all act like people demented. Continue reading

Annual Firemen’s Parade, 1864.


of the

Fire Department!

THE ANNUAL PARADE of the “Honolulu Fire Department,” happening on this coming Monday, the 12th. The Companies are asked to gather in the front of the firehouse NUMBER 2 at 10 o’clock in the morning, with their uniforms and engines.

By order of


Secretary of the O. K. [Oihana Kinaiahi]

Honolulu, Dec. 10, 1864.

(Kuokoa, 12/10/1864, p. 3)

Olelo Hoolaha a ka Oihana Kinaiahi!

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke III, Helu 50, Aoao 3. Dekemaba 10, 1864.

Bishop Museum, art exhibit highlighting their collections, 2014.

Nature’s Wonders

I just checked out this new exhibit today at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. It is awesome! If you are here on Oahu nei from now until the 27th of October, you have to go check it out. Once it is done, it will be gone like so many sand mandalas. The creations will be carefully taken apart and the specimens returned to their proper drawers for safe keeping.

Here is a little peek.

Nature's Wonders: Butterflies

Nature’s Wonders: Butterflies

Nature's Wonders: Fern

Nature’s Wonders: Fern

Nature's Wonders: Shells

Nature’s Wonders: Shells

Engine Company #1 of Hilo and the Fourth of July, 1865.


Engine Company Number 1 of Hilo.—J. A. Kealohanui of Hilo, Hawaii wrote of the appearance of the cheerful boys of that Company on this past 4th of July. On the night of the third, they went to the house of Poonahoahoa [Thomas Spencer], and there they played their horns and drums, which woke him up, and he came outside and thanked them. On the next day, they went there again, and from there to the place of the Governor [Keelikolani] and gave her three cheers, and three for the Hawaiian Flag. She remarked that this is a fine Company. With them go our warm aloha.

(Kuokoa, 7/22/1865, p. 2)

Ahahui Puali Kaawai Helu 1 o Hilo.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke IV, Helu 29, Aoao 2. Iulai 22, 1865.