Ahuimanu College and St. Louis College, 1882.


Is our leading Roman Catholic educational institution for boys. It is an old institution called by a new name and located in a new place. The same institution long existed and prosecuted its mission at Koolau, on the other side of this island, and was there and then known as Ahuimanu College. Although delightfully situated, and having many advantages in its favor, it was felt to be too far from the centre of population, to answer fully the purpose of its existence. Consequently, it was decided, a short time ago, to remove the institution to the neighborhood of Honolulu.

For this purpose the church authorities purchased a splendid piece of property from Mr. Roth, at the north end of Beretania street, not far from Smith’s bridge, where they have erected suitable buildings, and established the old Ahuimanu College under the new name of St. Louis College.

The College grounds measure about two acres, allowing abundance of space for recreative exercise, and are planted with all kinds of tropical trees, some of which are fruit-producing, while others simply afford shade and ornamentation. It is truly a lovely spot, and being free from noisy surroundings, is peculiarly adapted to the purpose for which it is now used.

The College building is a substantial two storey brick structure, 60×20 feet in the clear. The ground floor is divided into three class rooms of equal size, by wooden partitions. Each of these rooms is nicely furnished with new school furniture of the most approved modern style. They are also well lighted and ventillated, ventillation being greatly assisted by the wooden partitions not extending the whole way to the ceiling, which latter is fourteen feet from the floor.

The upper storey is divided into two dormitories, separated by a clothes room. These dormitories are furnished with single iron bedsteads, and have a comfortable, clean, well-kept appearance. Surrounding the dormitories, on the outside, is a wide, open balcony, which adds much to the comfort and enjoyment of the lodgers.

This institution aims to impart a sound, practical English education, and, in addition, includes in the curriculum of the upper department, book-keeping, pure and mixed mathematics, Greek and Latin classics, and French. The staff, at present, consists of four professors and instructors, which number it is intended to increase as occasion requires.

Moral and religious training is also carefully attended to. Religious instruction is given at regular stated times, arranged so as not to interrupt the secular course. A teacher is always with  the boys, as well during their recreation and sleep as in school hours.

At present there are 130 pupils on the College register, with the number steadily increasing. 28 are boarders, and the rest are day scholars. The boarders are separated into two departments, each entirely independent of the other. The annual fee, which includes tuition, board, and residence, is respectively $75 and $150.

It may be said that St. Louis College is now fully established with a bright and hopeful prospect of a useful and prosperous future. The purchase of land and the erection and furnishing of buildings necessarily involved large expenditures, and a fair is to be held in the Music Hall to-day for the purpose of raising funds. The public will, no doubt, respond cheerfully and liberally to this call for assistance.

(Daily Bulletin, 11/27/1882, p. 2)


The Daily Bulletin, Number 256, Page 2. November 27, 1882.

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