Boat races celebrating the 49th birthday of King Kalakaua, 1885.

[Found under: “Ka La 16 o Novemaba.”]

THE RACES.

1—Yacht race [Heihei moku liilii]; Healani, Kahihilani, and Pokii, the one with the first name won.

2—Four-oared boat race, stationary seats [Heihei waapa eha hoe, noho’na kupaa]; Alvina, and Pualii, the first one won.

3—Canoe race. There were two canoes in this race, Mokauea and another, and the one with the first name won.

4—Whaleboat race [Heihei waapa hueloboti], Lanai and Homai; the one with the last name won.

5—Six-oared boat race of the senior crews of the Myrtle Boat Club and the Iolani Boat Club. Alice M. and Poomaikelani are the boats that raced, and the one with the last name won.

6—Swimming race, Mahuka, David, Kuia, and Koamahu, with the one with the last name winning.

7—Single scull race [Heihei waapa pukahi], but there was no race because of a lack of good conditions at the race grounds that day, being that the ocean was blustery [e ooloku ana].

8—Six-oared boat race of the junior crews of the Myrtle Boat Club and Kaiulani Boat Club. Alice M and Kaiulani were the boats that competed with the one with the last name winning.

This was the end of the races from the morning until 12 noon. 21 guns were sounded, and the scheduled races took an intermission. At this time, the boats of the Blacksmiths [Amara] and the Mechanics [Hana Lima Akamai] arrived at the grounds; Puaala and Malia were their boats with Puaala of the Blacksmiths winning.

ONE O’CLOCK.

9—Yacht race [Heihei moku liilii], Pokii, Mabel, Pauline, Lina and Commodore; with the one with the first name winning.

10—Racine canoe race [Heihei waapa], but they did not race.

11—Four-oared boats of the senior crews of Myrtle Boat Club and Iolani Boat Club; Alf Rogers and Poomaikelani, with the one with the first name winning.

12—Canoe sailing race [Heihei waa pe-a], Fleur de Lis, Mignon, Tippecanoe, and Pokui, with the one with the last name winning.

13—Diving Contest [Heihei luu], open to all, and Pelehu won with the time of 2 min. 54 seconds.

14—Whaleboat race with five oars; Lanai, Homai, and Kawaihae; Homai won.

15—Six-oared boats of the junior crews of the Myrtle Boat Club and Kaiulani Boat Club; Alf Rogers and Kaiulani, with the one with the last name winning.

16—Single sculls race [Heihei waapa pukahi], Novice, Malolo, and Benicia, with the one with the last name winning.

17—Launch race [Heihei lana], Kuliaikanuu and Hanakeoki, with the one with the first name taking the win, although it was contested.

It was a breezy day, and the race grounds outside were blustery, but not so inside; a sudden shower sprinkled down but not so much; the citizens were filled with joy that day; some were drunk, and some fought, while some gambled, some were lucky and some were routed. In the evening the cannons again sounded.

[I was reminded of this by today’s post by the Hawaiian Historical Society of a picture of the Poomaikelani (from the Hawaii State Archives)!]

(Kuokoa, 11/21/1885, p. 3)

NA HEIHEI.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXIV, Helu 47, Aoao 3. Novemaba 21, 1885.

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