Follow up to the Nihoa fire, 1885.

[Found under: “LOCAL NEWS.”]

The schooner Waiehu of the Pacific Navigation Company returned a few days ago from a special trip to the Island of Nihoa. When the schooner reached the Island she landed some twenty native passengers who remained on shore all night. Continue reading

Fire on Nihoa, 1885.

[Found under: “KA HUAKAI MAKAIKAI IA NIHOA.”]

The Alii Liliuokalani enjoyed seeing the sitting young birds of all sorts. The alii climbed the ridges and descended the valleys until reaching an area where Loulu trees leaves grew deep green.  The Alii found comfort under its shade along with some of the people who got there. When the Alii was in repose, our famous photographer J. Williams was lively at work taking photographs [hoolele aka]. The Alii Liliuokalani ate her lunch upon the twisted surface of this Island. After the meal, the Alii made ready to return to the lee of Nihoa, and some others turned back as well. At that time the whistle of the ship was heard calling to everyone to return to the ship. Continue reading

Nihoa or Bird Island, J. J. Williams, 1885.

This is one of the few surviving images of Nihoa taken on the 1885 trip by J. J. Williams. According to Sereno E. Bishop in the previous post, “The photographers had been half drowned and lost most of their instruments and plates.” The original of this photograph is located at the Hawaii State Archives.

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Hawaii State Archives, PP-45-10_006

More on Nihoa from Sereno E. Bishop, 1885.

NIHOA.

Its Topography—Something about its Geology—The Trip in Outline.

The excursion party to Nihoa or Bird Island, was Mr. Jaeger’s plan,with botanical object. It was finally carried into effect by the personal cooperation of H. R. H. Liliuokalani. Besides the attendants of the Princess, was a large company of her personal friends. Mr. S. B. Dole went as ornithologist. Mr. James Williams as photographer. Rev. S. E. Bishop ws employed by Surveyor-General Alexander to make such topographical suvey of Nihoa as might be practicable, and to observe its geological formation. Dr. James Martin of Spreckelsville, also joined the  party, and Mr. W. W. Hall came as friend and encourager of everybody. Continue reading

Sereno E. Bishop reports on Nihoa, 1885.

BIRD ISLAND.

Geological and Topographical Report Upon Nihoa, or Bird Island.

Surveyed July 22, 1885, by Sereno E. Bishop.

Hon. W. D. Alexander, Surveyor-General of the Hawaiian Kingdom:

Sir: I was employed by you to proceed with the excursion party of H. R. H. Princess Liliuokalani, Mr. Jaeger and others, to Nihoa, or Bird Island, per steamer Iwalani, and make such topographical survey thereof as circumstances should allow, also to observe the geology of the island. Continue reading

Kaumualii and Kaahumanu seek out Nihoa, 1868.

[Found under: “KA MOOLELO O NA KAMEHAMEHA.”]

Kaumualii built several large houses for Kaahumanu at Papaenaena. When Kaahumanu was staying on Kauai. A great desire grew within her to search for Nihoa, a land that was not known to the new generations. But Nihoa was found in the stories and the mele of the ole people. When Kaahumanu heard the chant of Kaweloamahunaalii. Continue reading