A clear picture is worth a thousand words, 1909.


The picture above shows a part of the town of Honolulu capturing the grounds of what is called now, the Executive Building [Iolani Palace], seen between the years from 1852 and 1854.

In this picture, you will see the great change of this town from that time that King Kamehameha III was ruling.

This picture was taken by Dr. Hugo Stangenwald, however it is not know when it was taken, like the day and the month, just the year.

With this picture, the new generation can gain some knowledge about the houses that were built, and those who were born in those houses, like what is seen in this picture.

Seen, in that house on the right corner down at the very bottom was born Emma Rose, the one who kept asking from New York about where she was born; and in the same house were born the family of Damon [Daimana]; the name of this family is remembered by the public.

Right above this house, to the right, is where King Lunalilo was born; this house was built by his father, Kanaina.

That sleek, white building that is partially seen, being that it partially is covered with hau, that is the royal tomb, that being the family of the Kamehamehas, and the building directly inland, that belongs to the royal family, and those who were put in this building, their bones were taken to the royal cemetery in the upland of Nuuanu.

Right above this place is the Palace of Kamehameha III, the one who was ruling at the time this picture was taken. To the left of the Palace is where the flagpole stood at the time.

The steeple rising on the top part of the picture, to the right of the Palace, that is the old Kaukeano church, and to the ocean side is the Catholic church.

It is not possible to know clearly where some of those buildings stood like in this picture, but the house at the very bottom, in the right corner of the picture, it stood at the time on the corner of Punchbowl and King Streets.

[Does anyone know of a good copy of this photo by Hugo Stangenwald? If there are no copies, this is just one more reason we need to rescan the newspapers clearly! After 1900, pictures of people and places were printed widely in the newspapers.]

(Kuokoa, 5/28/1909, p. 8)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLVI, Helu 22, Aoao 8. Mei 28, 1909.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s