[Found under: “NA MEA HOU O HILO”]
Konohi Day of the Chinese.
The new year of the Chinese began on this past Monday, and the activities of the boys of China were worthy of great admiration.
On Tuesday, the 27th, Nailima held a konohi party at his residence, to celebrate the birthday of his beloved daughter, and there were many who were invited.
When they were ready to eat, there rose a disturbance between the home owner and some people who were bedecked with the delicacies of the konohi day; the people split up and fled and some of their voices had become slurred because they were drowsy on “the chilly waters of the dew,” and the glory of the day became as of naught.
I will stop here. Yours truly,
Henry L. Kauanoano.
Waiakea, Hilo, Jan. 22, 1890.
(Kuokoa, 2/8/1890, p. 3)
Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXIX, Helu 6, Aoao 3. Feberuari 8, 1890.
THESE ARE THE NEW YEAR DAYS OF THE FLOWER PEOPLE¹ OF CHINA
Just as usual with the Chinese people, they will again this year, celebrate their one important day of the year known by them as the Konohi day.
These past years however, they have split up and some of them celebrate the day we celebrate, that being the 1st of January, while some celebrate their day from ancient times. It is a day when some of our people go quickly about celebrating the konohi at houses of the Chinese, and they are a welcoming people to those who visit their homes on that day.
There is but one humbug thing about that day, that is they do not sleep that night and wake up everyone with their sounding off fireworks from night to day, and it is bad for those who have to go work the next day.
¹China is referred to in Hawaiian as the “Aina Pua,” or the “Flower Land.”
(Alakai o Hawaii, 2/14/1929, p. 2)
Ke Alakai o Hawaii, Buke 1, Helu 42, Aoao 2. Pepeluali 14, 1929.
HAPPY NEW YEAR OF THE CHINESE
This coming Friday, February 7th, is the Happy New Year Day and Konohi of the Chinese. The Bow Wong Wui, the Chinese Reform Society is preparing to give on that day a great feast, and on that same day, some leaders of the group will give speeches on the reason for separating themselves from the leadership of China’s traditional government. However, it would seem that there will not be as grand a commemoration as the previous year because of the difficulty in obtaining funds now.
(Aloha Aina, 1/11/1907, p. 7)
Ke Aloha Aina, Buke VIII, Helu 2, Aoao 7. Ianuari 11, 1902.