Queen Kapiolani, 52nd birtday, 1886.


Falling among the great Christian and universal holidays, the birthday of Queen Kapiolani comes opportunely for its celebration. Fifty-two years ago this day Queen Kapiolani was born. The times were then rude and the people untutored, but the dawn of a new and better civilization had broken upon this new life which was destined to rise to honor and distinction among her race and nation. Since Her Majesty’s birth marvellous changes have been worked in this country and the Queen is one of the best exemplars in her own life and person of their potency and virtue. The general public recognition of the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Kapiolani is due to her exalted station and personal character.

[It is essential to see how different people portrayed history, to get a clearer view of the past (and the present and future as well sometimes).]

(Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 12/31/1886, p. 2)


The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume V, Number 310, Page 2. December 31, 1886.


New flag of Queen Kapiolani, 1885.

[Found under: “LOCAL & GENERAL NEWS.”]

This morning, precisely at eight o’clock, a very interesting ceremony took place at the Palace. A few minutes before the hour a detachment of soldiers marched from the barracks with the Royal Standard and a new flag for Her Majesty Queen Kapiolani. As the clock struck eight they were hoisted up on the top of the building, the drum corps playing from the barracks. The Queen’s flag, which was hoisted for the first time, is a very handsome one. It is a white ground, in the centre of which is a red circle with the inscription “Kalaualani,” the whole of which is surmounted by a crown.

[See a recreation of this flag made from available descriptions done by Iolani Palace!]

(Daily Bulletin, 2/12/185, p. 3)

This morning, precisely at eight...

The Daily Bulletin, Volume VII, Number 943, Page 3. February 12, 1885.

New Year 2015.

Here is a small makana to everyone who checks in on this blog every once in a while. Just like last year, this is a calendar fashioned after one given by the newspaper Aloha Aina in 1906 to its subscribers. Click on the image and download the pdf file. You should be able to enlarge it to print even onĀ poster-size paper if you want. Feel free to make copies and give it out to anyone you think will appreciate it!

Hauoli MakahikiĀ 2015!

Naniloa Hotel to be sold? 1945.

[Found under: “NA MEAHOU O KE AO NEI”]


It was announced by a newspaper in Honolulu that the Naniloa Hotel was just sold off for a sum of $300,000, being bought by someone from Honolulu that has not been named.

When W. D. Childs heard of this news, he said that it was not true. The hotel remains under their control, and it is true that a person from Honolulu wanted to arrange a purchase of the hotel, but those negotiations did not work out.

Therefore, the news in the Honolulu paper about the selling of the Naniloa Hotel was misguided.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 10/17/1945, p. 1)

Paewa Ka Pilina

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume LX, Number 21 [23], Aoao 1. Okatoba 17, 1945.

Hattie L. S. Reinhardt runs for representative as a Democrat, 1944.



I give my thanks once again for your votes and support to elect me as the Woman Representative Candidate for the district of East Hawaii.

I stand before You, Hattie Linohaupuaokekoolau Saffery Reinhardt, the Hawaiian woman Candidate for Representative as a Democrat. Therefore, please once again give me the Greatest votes so that I may become a spokesperson and someone to watch over the Legislature, if I win in the General Election [la koho Balota Nui], 7th of November, 1944.

Mahalo Nui,

Mrs. Hattie L. S. Reinhardt,


(Hoku o Hawaii, 10/18/1944, p. 2)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXIX, Number 25, Aoao 2. Okatoba 18, 1944.

A song extolling the beauty of Kilauea by Hattie Linohaupuaokekoolau Saffery, 1920.


Hanohano Kilauea,
I ke ahi a ka wahine,
Kameha’i ke nana
Na maka o ke kamahele.


Mahalo i ka nani,
O Halemaumau,
Me ka uwahi noe o Kilauea,
O Uwekahuna ka’u i anoi,
I ka pehia e ka ua a noe ka nahele.

Kilakila ke ku a Kamohalii [Kamohoalii],
Kapukapu i ka maka o na malihini,
I ka pii no a hoomaha i Akanikolea,
E nanea ai me na Lehua makanoe.

Ulumahiehie wale,
Ko poli e Wahinekapu,
Au e kahiko mau nei,
I ko lei anuenue.

Waianuhea i ke ala,
Ka uka i Olaa,
I ka hoonoheahea mau ia,
E ka makani Lihaupua.

Anoi wale ia uka,
I wale ia e makou,
He lei poina ole i ka manao,
Lei no na kau a kau.


(Kuokoa, 2/13/1920, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LVIII, Helu 7, Aoao 2. Feberuari 13, 1920.


George Kainapau, singer from Hilo, 1944.

Arrived Here in Hilo

Last week, a youth from the Kanilehua rains arrived, that being George Kainapau to Hilo nei, to spend some days here in the land of his birth, and in the afternoon of the following Monday he left for Honolulu.

This was not a child coming home to visit his parents living there, for they passed away many years ago, and their children are who remain.

When we saw that youth, we recalled our first choir leader, Harry Naope, because this youth, George Kainapau was one of the members of the Haili choir in 1927.

He is a youngster with a very good voice for singing. His voice is like the voice of a woman singing. Continue reading

Annabelle Koomeauluokalani Todd to wed Everette Wayne Evans, 1941.

TO BE MARRIED: Miss Annabelle Todd, the daughter of Mrs. Eliza Todd and Albert Walter Todd who passed earlier, of Hilo; it was just announced that she was engaged to Everette Wayne Evans of Honolulu. Continue reading

William Charles Achi, Jr. composer of many college anthems, 1940.

Judge Achi is a Composer of Music

There are many of our readers who do not know that our good friend, Judge William Charles Achi, Attorney, is the composer of three famous mele that are being sung by students of three great schools of Americca, as was written about in the November 25th issue of Newsweek. Continue reading

Naniloa Hotel in Hilo opens, 1940.

Naniloa Hotel

In the evening of this past Saturday, the New Hotel of Hilo nei, the “Naniloa Hotel” [Hokele Naniloa] opened officially. During that time, the musical group of Ray Kinney performed the music for the opening. Something great in that performance of music to dedicate and entertain, was the singing of the mele that was composed for the hotel. Mrs. Eliza K. Osorio was the one who performed the song with her singers. Continue reading