The first Kamehameha Day, 1872.

On this past Tuesday, in accordance with the royal proclamation, the 11th of June was celebrated as a day of remembrance of Kamehameha I, the Royal Ancestor who conquered our aina. This is a new day included in the circle of holidays, and the minds of the populace are happy about this type of day set aside to remember our cherished one of days gone by. The day dawned beautifully; there were no droplets to interfere with those who skillfully took care of the day. From early morning the doors of the shops of the town, both large and small, were shut. And when the sun came all the way out, there were not many people seen on the streets of town, and the great work places were deserted. All things meant to entertain themselves were prepared—some people made parties while others rode horses; however, it seemed as if most of the people were all at the races organized at Kulaokahua, the usual place for all types of entertainment.

The atmosphere of the race tracks that day seemed better than all previous days. Lanai and tents were set up impeccably, and those that undertook that task received much appreciation. The lanai, fields, and hills were filled with thousands who amused themselves with the events of the day. If an observer stood and watched from afar, it was as if he were seeing a picture of a race day somewhere like in Europe. The events of the day started at 10 or so, and after watching all the day’s activities, it was truly wonderful. There were no great commotions to disturb the peace among the crowd–this is something unfamiliar on special days like these.

At 10 o’clock sharp, Queen Emma arrived with her guests, and King Kapuaiwa with his entourage. At the appearance of the King, the activities of the day commenced, and all of the crowd joined in the gaieties that were set up. Below, you will find the races and those that won.

[Various horse races, winners, and prizes are listed.]

The final race, the wheelbarrow race was the most humorous. This entertainment marked the close of the festivities of the day. And everyone left with hearts filled with much glee. We are greatly pleased with one thing, and that is the decrease in the number of outbreaks of various sorts. There were no big riots thought to be related to the events of the day.

(Au Okoa, 6/13/1872, p. 2)

Ma ka Poalua iho nei...

Ke Au Okoa, Buke VIII, Helu 9, Aoao 2. Iune 13, 1872.

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