King Kalakaua’s birthday to become a new holiday? 1916.

CELEBRATED WAS THE BIRTHDAY OF KING KALAKAUA YESTERDAY

THE DAY WAS CELEBRATED BY HAWAIIANS, THE HAOLE, THE LOCALS, AND THE NEWCOMERS, WITH THE THOUGHT THAT IT WOULD BECOME A NATIONAL HOLIDAY IN THE FUTURE.

1836—1891

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KALAKAUA’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATED.

For the first time, a commemoration of the birthday of King Kalakaua held extensively here in this city yesterday; this day will be celebrated in the future as is the birthday of the Conqueror of the Nation, Kamehameha.

In years past, there were but a very few people who celebrated this day, but from now on, the birthday of Kalakaua will be a day that is important in the history of Hawaii nei.

The activity taking place on the first celebration was the pa-u riding of twenty-one women of the Kaohelelani Pa-u Riders presided over by Mrs. Theresa Wilcox Belliveau.

The pa-u riders gathered at the corner of Richards and King Streets, and paraded down to Aala Park on King Street; from Aala Park, they continued to parade through town until Fort Street where they turned upland to Hotel Street, turned towards Waikiki on that street until Bishop Street and from there until King Street, turned towards Waikiki, until Richards Street, and then went straight up to see Queen Liliuokalani at her home at Washington Place.

After seeing Queen Liliuokalani for a short period, the pa-u riding parade moved on straight towards the home of Princess Kawananakoa, on Pensacola Street, to join in the audience given by Princess Kawananakoa for the Hawaiian people.

In the hours after the late afternoon, there was held an audience and a dance in the armory [halekoa]; there, the members of the Hawaiian associations gathered in their full regalia; the heads of the government were invited, the officers and malihini, to join in as one in the festivities for this important day of Hawaii nei.

A celebration of the birthday of King Kalakaua was not considered previously until just a few months ago when a committee was chosen to think about and plan the activities to be carried  out on this day; for the first time enthusiasm was seen to rise in these people, and there hope that the local legislature [ahaolelo kuloko] will make this a holiday hereafter, there making the birthday of King Kalakaua a day that is commemorated in a greater fashion than what was done yesterday.

(Kuokoa, 11/17/1916, p. 1)

HOOMANAOIA KA LA HANAU O KA MOI KALAKAUA MA NEHINEI

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LIV, Helu 46, Aoao 1. Novemaba 17, 1916.

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