A fire to celebrate the birthday of Kamehameha V? 1868.

Commotion-Inciting Fire.—The fire bells of Honolulu rang out in the evening of this past Friday, and off went the firemen; come to find out, the fire was the work of Miss Bingham folk. The large fire that they set was purportedly to honor the birthday of the King. If this was done with good intentions, why were the members of the fire department not informed prior to this? We saw in the P. C. A. paper a clarification of their apology to the fire department; however, it would have been best if they had given mention before lighting the fire, and not after sweat was exerted and breathing became difficult as a result of the rush.

[In 1868, celebration of Kamehameha V’s birthday was kept restrained due to the passing of his father, Mataio Kekuanaoa, earlier that year on August 24. It did however remain a national holiday, and government and business offices were closed. The bonfire described in the previous post was conveniently attributed to the celebration of the King Kamehameha V’s birthday.]

(Au Okoa, 12/17/1868, p. 2)


Ke Au Okoa, Buke IV, Helu 35, Aoao 2. Dekemaba 17, 1868.

The apology pointed out above simply read:

A CARD.—The parties concerned in firing the bonfire of last evening beg to apologize to the Honolulu Fire Department for the unnecessary trouble given them.

(PCA 12/12/1868, p. 2)


The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume XIII, Number 24, Page 2. December 12, 1868.


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