Travels to Nihoa, 1885.


At 5 o’clock in the evening of this past Monday, the steamer Iwalani took the travellers to the farthest away island of Hawaii nei, Nihoa. And amongst the famous passengers who went on this trip was Her Highness, the Alii, Princess Liliuokalani, accompanied by her steward, Charles B. Wilson, and the haole captain’s passengers, Mr. and Mrs. A. Hoffnung, Miss Ella Hoffnung, Rev. J. Hemphill and his wife, Hon. S. B. Dole, W.W. Hall, Rev. S. E. Bishop, J. Jaeger [J. Iager], Henry Jaeger [J. Iaeger], E. S. Cunha and his wife, J. Williams photographer, the travelling companions of the alii, Mrs. Emma Kapena and her daughter, Mrs. Hattie Kamakanoa, Mrs. Kahuila Wilcox, Miss L. Nakanealoha, Hon. J. Kaae and his wife, Hon. J. T. Baker and his wife, Hon. J. Keau and his wife, Major J. Holt, H. W. Auld, W. Holt and his wife, Mrs. Emma Beckley, Mrs. Kahaunaele, Mrs. M. A. Lemon, Jack Ailau and his wife, Sophia Sheldon, Mrs. Anna Costa, Lily Richards, and the other passengers under the alii that number 42 more.

The great desire of those travelling to Nihoa is the see for themselves that tiny island of which the size is unknown, the treading upon its flat elevations, and to satisfy their eyes with unfamiliar views of the island.

On this trip are a number of white-skinned kamaaina with surveying equipment, intending to understand its surface, the area and height from the surface of the sea of the island. We believe that our readers will be benefitted with the size of this island after we receive his report.

On this same trip is a haole photographer who intends to photograph the major features of the island and all things that will benefit his occupation. And if his work goes well without any obstructions, then there will be had photographs for sale at his photo studio.

Also on board was a Hawaiian singing group on the trip, and we hope that mele will be composed of this trip, of the landing upon the island, of the treading upon its fields, of the caressing of the loulu, and of the furrowed features.

The Pae Aina newspaper hopes for its columns that there will not be lack for a writer amongst the great crowd.

(Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, 7/25/1885, p. 3)


Ko Hawaii Paeaina, Buke VIII, Helu 30, Aoao 3. Iulai 25, 1883.

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