Konohi celebrated 120 years ago, 1897.

Konohi Celebration.

This past 2nd, that being Hoaka by the reckoning of Ka Makaainana of the year, and it is the second day of the new year of the Chinese; Walter Akana held a new year party on his father’s side at his home on Maunakea Street. There were many friends who in  attendance to celebrate with him, from those on his father’s side to those on his mother’s side. After a rest, there was a Hawaiian hula olapa program; there was much enjoyment, held peacefully until the late of the night.

(Makaainana, 2/8/1897, p. 5)


Ka Makaainana, Buke VII—-Ano Hou, Helu 6, Aoao 5. Feberuari 8, 1897.

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  1. Check out this 1898 painting of Maunakea Street probably where Walter Akana had his party in 1897! Mānoa Heritage Center Wishes You a Happy New Year of the Rooster!

    Paintings, Prints, and Drawings of Hawaii from the Sam and Mary Cooke Collection
    Rare Scenes of Chinatown, Honolulu from 1898
    “The Nappenbach watercolors in the Sam and Mary Cooke collection also memorialize a long-vanished part of Honolulu not seemingly investigated by any other artist of the period. Regardless of the picturesque nature of Nappenbach’s views, the Chinatown area was a hodgepodge of hastily constructed building code violations squeezed one after another onto tiny lots, and every one of these buildings burned in the January 22, 1900, Chinatown fire.”
    David W. Forbes, Author
    Maunakea Street, Honolulu
    Henry Nappenbach, German (1862–1931) August 1898 (Cat. No. 62)
    Maunakea Street above Hotel Street in 1898 offered picturesque opportunities for the interested artist. In this view, one of the twin steeples of Kaumakapili Church, on Beretania at the head of Smith Street, dominates the view of the tenements. This part of Honolulu was commonly known as “Chinatown.”
    Japanese Quarter and Old Fire Department
    Henry Nappenbach, German (1862–1931) September 1898 (Cat. No. 63)
    The artist has recorded a view of Pauahi Street as it continues in the direction of Maunakea Street in the distance. Most of the structures in this city landscape are modest, nondescript, two-story tenement-type buildings, but the prominent two-story red brick building with a tower in the back center was a two-story brick firehouse that stood on the makai Ewa corner of Pauahi and Maunakea Streets.
    Treat yourself and those you love to this important art book with an historical account of Hawaii from the 18th through 20th century by David W. Forbes. Buy Now!
    Litchi (Litchi chinensis)
    Geraldine King Tam, American (1920–2015) 1995 (Cat. No. 100)
    Litchi (lychee) is a fruit instantly familiar to everyone in Hawaii; it has been a favorite landscape and fruit tree since its introduction to island gardens around 1860. By her own account, Tam worked with actual specimens, many from her garden, first arranging them to present a botanical likeness, then proceeding to meticulously render the image to the requirements of science.


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