Apologies given for a mistake, 1903.


Most native Hawaiians who have traveled in the States will appreciate the feelings of Prince Kuhio and his wife, as described below, the more because of personal experiences of their own. East of the Sierras any man of color, seeking first-class accommodations, is likely to be mistaken for a negro and treated accordingly. A year or more ago the Queen and her attendants were refused accommodations at a famous Eastern hotel because they were taken for the “Black Patti troupe.” White men with Hawaiian wives have been subjected to special annoyance on this score. Following is an account of Prince Kuhio’s mis-adventures:

COLUMBUS (O.), November 6.—J. K. Kalanianaole, delegate to the coming session of Congress from the Territory of Hawaii, and affectionately known by the people of his native land as “Prince Cupid,” met with a humiliating experience during his stay here. Prince and Princess Cupid were occupants of a box at the Southern Theater, and were thoroughly enjoying the surroundings, when the Prince was suddenly tapped upon the shoulder by an attache and requested to “Bring the woman,” so the story goes.

The Prince thought at first that some mistake had been made, but was invited again to leave, the attache believing him to be a negro. The management, after learning of the blunder, sent special emissaries to the luxurious hotel apartments of the Prince to make due amends, but he scorned them and left for the East.

(PCA, 11/14/1903, p. 3)


Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume XXXVIII, Number 6637, page 3. November 14, 1903.


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