Please take the time to answer a short survey from the Bishop Museum Library & Archives, 2018.


via Please take the time to answer a short survey from the Bishop Museum Library & Archives, 2018.


An Adornment for Kaiulani, 1876.

This mele was composed by Her Highness Kapili [Likelike] for her mountain climbing excursion to the famous cliff of Kapela.



Kahiko ka nani i Lihau,
Ka lehua puakea i ka uka,
I mohala i welelau pali,
I ka poohiwi kapu o Kapela. Continue reading

“Aole na ka malihini e ao mai ia’u i ka mooolelo o ko’u lahui…” 1868.

Hawaiian History, by Hawaiians.

The early history of all nations without a literature, is necessarily traditionary. That of the Hawaiians, previous to the advent of the missionaries, is of course derivable from the traditions handed down from father to son, of those families immediately attendant upon the chiefs, known by the term of kahus—literally, body attendants. These body servants constituted a class of themselves, and it was their province not only to wait on the chiefs personally, but to carefully commit to memory and to transmit to their successors, everything connected with the birth and lineage of their lords—quite after the style of the bards and harpers of olden times in Britain. Continue reading

Plagiarism? 1868.

The History of S. M. Kamakau.

Aloha no.—These past Saturdays I saw within Whitney’s newspaper [Pacific Commercial Advertiser] them calling the haole government paper [Hawaiian Gazette], a thief, because of the translation of the History of S. M. Kamakau, into the English language, and for inserting it within some past issues of that newspaper. In my opinion, those pebbles pelted in contempt are not right at all. Continue reading

Martin the Wizard in Hawaii a 150 years ago, 1868.



The World-renowned, Wonder-creating Wizard


Will continue his Astonishing

Feats of Wonder


Royal Hawaiian Theatre,

Saturday Evening, Oct’r 24,

Changing as if by a MAGIC WAND, this Popular Place of Amusement into a gorgeous ENCHANTED TEMPLE of Magic and Mystery, Continue reading