The Heens, and why we need to rescan the old Hawaiian newspapers, 1906.

A Festive Marriage with Honor

MR. and MRS. W. H. HEEN.

AMONGST delightful sprigs of white carnations blossoms entwined with delicate fronds of palai fern decorating the interior of the church of St. Andrew, the sacred matrimony between Miss Lily Notley and Mr. William H. Heen, Esq., of the Legal Profession of Hawaii, was held, and Rev. Fitz married the two of them in peaceful reverence. The young woman was escorted by Mrs. Leslie, and the young gentleman by his brother [hoa hanau], Mr. Afong Heen.

Charles Kahiliaulani Notley, the birth parent of the bride, gave his beloved lei upon the altar of matrimony, the foundation for one to live amongst the circle of those who live in proper and chaste families in this world.

The Gentlemen who attended to this assembly of friends were Mr. H. A. Kaulukou, associate of Mr. W. H. Heen in the legal profession; William Jordan and John Marcallino.

The woman was dressed in a wedding dress of white silk made with great skill; and the man was dressed in the usual attire for that occasion.

The church was packed full with friends and intimates of the ones to be married. From haole to Hawaiian and all the way to the citizens of the Land of Flowers [China], from the side of the groom. The sight of the young ones standing before the sacred altar making their vows filled one with aloha. You are mine, and mine for all times, and I will look to you; God will be our guide as we sail on the sea and in the foreign lands where we will visit; and he will bless us.

After the matrimony was done, the wedded couple, their parents, and friends returned to the home of the woman’s parents on Kukui Street next to St. Louis College; and there a lavish table was spread full with delicacies, Hawaiian rich foods and sweets. Singers arrived with their instruments to entertain the hours of that gathering to honor Mr. and Mrs. William H. Heen.

In the Eastern corner of the parlor was a bouquet of white carnation fashioned into a bell. And under this floral decoration of carnations the ones who were married stood, and looked upon their parents, family, and friends. How lovely indeed!

[I was recently privileged to see originals of this issue of “Na’i Aupuni,” and the pictures of Lily Notley and William Haehae Heen were beautiful. If only the original Hawaiian newspapers could get scanned using modern scanners, not only the pictures would be clearer, but more importantly perhaps, the words would be clearer as well!

I am sorry for sounding like some broken record, but this is important. If we do not do it today, who knows what will happen to them tomorrow.]

(Na’i Aupuni, 3/13/1906, p. 3)


Ka Na’i Aupuni, Buke I, Helu 91, Aoao 3. Maraki 13, 1906.

3 thoughts on “The Heens, and why we need to rescan the old Hawaiian newspapers, 1906.

  1. Thank you for all your hard work in translating and finding these articles. I don’t know too much about my dad’s Uncle Bill. Interesting that he faced racism in the same year the Queen passed. I’m not sure of all the details, but I believe he was the lawyer in the Massey case which also dealt with race issues. I wonder what was going through his mind during this time.

  2. Whoever found this, thank you!! This is my Great Grandfather and he is the attorney from the Massey Trial. From this union they had 2 children named Dorothy Manaualani Heen and John Keolakapuaainahao Heen.

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