Christmas at Washington Place, 1858.


Christmas—passed off in the good old fashioned style. The eve was ushered in by the assemblage, about 7 o’clock, of a large number of children and their parents at Washington Place, the Mansion of Mrs. Dominis, where Santa Claus had given out that he would hold his court, and distribute the gifts which he had ordered for the occasion. A magnificent “Christmas Tree” had been provided in one of the upper chambers, and the little folks, as they gathered about it with sparkling eyes and clattering tongues, found it all lighted up with candles, and the branches bending under the weight of gifts. Prompt as old father Time ever was, the bells were heard at the windows announcing:

“A miniature sleigh with eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver so lively and queer.” Continue reading


David K. White, Jr., passes away, 1910.



To the editor of the Nupepa Kuokoa, The Pride of the Hawaiian Nation, Aloha oe:—Please give me some open space in your greatly cherished newspaper to insert some lines of reminiscences for my beloved lei that has gone on the road on which the whole world travels, so that his many classmates and big ohana from Hawaii of Keawe to Kauai of Manokalani will know.

My dear David was born in the coconut grove of Kaohai, Waikele, Ewa, Oahu on the 1st of March, 1889, and went to sleep the eternal sleep at 10:30 p. m. on the 4th of this July at Lahaina, Maui; therefore, he was 21 years old and some in this life.

My dear David was educated at the Kamehameha primary school when he was 8 years old, and he continued on in that same school, graduating as a well trusted student by his classmates and his teachers, and he was the president of the class of 1908. Continue reading