Pāʻū riding a hundred ten years ago and more, 1906.


The Riders Expect to Have a Very Big Turnout.

The Association of Pa-u Riders, otherwise known as the Hui Holopa-u Maile Alii, is making great preparations for its parade of Pa-u riders on Monday, June 11. This society formed by Mrs. Kaimana [Kainana] Puahi and others interested in the preservation of the old Hawaiian manner of horseback riding with the picturesque pa-u immediately following the floral parade of Washington’s birthday, of which parade the pa-u riders formed one of the most attractive features. The ladies have since devoted much time to practice, and to the making of appropriate dresses, and have been helped by the members of the Promotion Committee, by Manager Charles Crane of the Hawaiian Gazette Co. and by many others, to all of whom the members of the Hui Holopa-u Maile Alii wish to return their most sincere thanks.


The program for the day is most complete. At 6:30 in the morning, the members of the hui will meet at the Waikiki residence of Mrs. Puahi, at which time all will don the pa-u. At eight o’clock the line will begin to form, Sheriff A. M. Brown being the marshal of the parade. At 8:30 the procession will move to the Kapahulu road, thence to Beretania street, thence to Washington place.

At 9 a. m. the assembled riders will pay their respects to the ex-Queen Liliuokalani.

At 9:30 a. m. the procession will move from Washington place and proceed on Richards street to Hotel, along Hotel to the Young Hotel, stopping to pay their respects to the Hawaiian Promotion Committee.

At ten o’clock they will leave the Promotion Committee rooms, and continue on Hotel street to Nuuanu, thence to King and to Palace Square.

At 10:45 the statue of Kamehameha will be decorated.

At 11:15 the pa-u riders will make their start for the return to Waikiki, moving on King street and the Waikiki road to Kapiolani Park, where the…

(Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 6/7/1906, p. 1)


The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume XLIII, Number 7435, Page 1. June 7, 1906.

…members will give an exhibition of horseback riding.


The procession will form and move in the following order:

Marshal—Sheriff Arthur M. Brown.

Officers—M. Puahi, A. Paaniani, Ku, Maunakea and John Fry.


Pa-u riders—Mrs. Kaimana Puahi, Mrs. S. Kamaiopili, Miss Lilian Keaomalu, Mrs. Wahinekapu Kamahaku, Mrs. J. H. S. Kaleo, Mrs. N. Van Glesen, Mrs. Woolsey, Mrs. Mary Ann Maikai, Mrs. Aukai Kaae, Mrs. Kalanipaa, Mrs. Hilo Malo, Mrs. Kauuku Mahi, Mrs. Nakapaahu, Mrs. Hikimalame, Mrs. Haalou, Mrs. Hattie Thompson, Mrs. Maluaa, Mrs. Kattie Stall, Miss Tilda Woolsey, Miss Fry, Mrs. A. Makai, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Nakike, Mrs. Makahina.

The first holopa-u club in Hawaii was formed by King Kalakaua and was composed of both men and women of Honolulu. At the first public appearance of this club, Princess Poomaikalani with her pa-u riders joined the party of the king, and the display was a most attractive one.

Later the then Queen Liliuokalani formed a pa-u club, and the last one before the organization of the present club was that formed by Prince Kuhio Kalanianaole at Waialua, Oahu. After that, the practice of pa-u riding fell into disuse until it was revived by the Promotion Committee.

After the exhibition of horseback riding at Kapiolani Park on Monday, the pa-u riders will return to the home of Mrs. Puahi, where a luau will be served to the friends of the ladies.

(Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 6/7/1906, p. 7)


The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume XLIII, Number 7435, Page 7. June 7, 1906.


3 thoughts on “Pāʻū riding a hundred ten years ago and more, 1906.

  1. It’s kind of ironic that pa`u riding was revived for a tourist-oriented event, the Floral Parade. The first one had been held earlier this year on Feb. 22, 1906. It was Washington’s Birthday, a date chosen to demonstrate that Hawaii was a patriotic part of the USA – again, ironically.

    The Floral Parade grew into a week-long celebration called the Mid-Pacific Carnival, which ended in 1917. However, in 1914, the first Kamehameha Day Parade had been held, and pa`u riding occurred then as well, and has continued similarly to today.


  2. I was fortunate to have ridden in the parade for 15 years as a member of the Hui Holo-pau mena
    Hoahololio and as a student of Mrs Amy Rich. Also as Princess representing different islands and in the Queen’s court. Also, my grandfather Isaac Holbron is uncle to Charles Crane of the Gazzette and Promotions Committee.


  3. Aloha,
    I am so honored to see written work of our Pa-u Riders of old Hawaii. Mrs. Nakike as mentioned in this article is my Great, Great Grandmother.


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