Chinese New Year celebrated in Hilo, 1883.

Island Notes.


Genial showers are falling, the cane is growing, the mills grinding, and everything promises prosperity.

Yesterday the Chinese New Year, or Konohi, passed off in grand celestial style. Bales of firecrackers, Chinese bombs and Roman candles were exploded, and any amount of chickens, rice and sweetmeats were consumed. The layout was grand in every Chinese establishment. The blooming jonquils, fragrant lilies and other flowers formed the background to their loaded tables. All were welcome and hospitality was dealt out indiscriminately with a free hand.

The great event of the evening was the party of Lee Loi, our road overseer. It would have done credit to any city, for its artistic arrangements, decorations and refreshments. The best society in Hilo and vicinity was present. Everything was pleasant and decorous. Mrs. Lee Loi received her lady guests in queenly magnificence, and Mr. Lee Loi did his part in the most polite style. It was a splendid reunion of our social circle in Hilo, and it wound up with a dance, in which the young folks participated until the hour of 12, when the party broke up, all highly gratified.

The work on the streets and roads is progressing rapidly and with good results. The general supervisor, Arnold, is very active and carries out his objects with intelligence and skill. Our streets are in a fair way of becoming the best in the Kingdom.New bridges are being built substantially and durably, and old ones repaired. the Government may rest assured that that road appropriation will be well spent in this district.

We have no business in our courts, with the exception of a few haalele hana cases.

February 8, 1883.

[It seems konohi fell on the same day in February 135 years ago. Let’s hope the year of the dog is a good year this year!!]

(PCA, 2/17/1883, p. 3)


The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume XXVII, Number 34, Page 3. February 17, 1883.

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