Queen’s Hospital celebrates the birth of Queen Emma, 1917.


Last Tuesday night, a party was held to commemorate the birthday of Queen Emma, her eighty-first. It was a luau at which were gathered the nurses of the Queen’s Hospital, along with the doctors, and some invited guests.

At the head of the table was a picture of Queen Emma, entwined with maile and ilima, and because Miss Lucy Peabody, one of Queen Emma’s very close friends, did not attend, being she was the one who encouraged the holding of that commemorative party, nonetheless E. Henriques did attend that night.

The main speech that night was given by George W. Smith, the president of the Hospital’s board of directors [papa hooko], and according to him, the Queen’s Hospital was built by Queen Emma so that the hospital would become a place to treat her people’s sick.

He encouraged the nurses, mostly Hawaiians, to always remember the nursing proficiency they will obtain in that place; upon them they carry the responsibility to fulfill the desire of the one who built the hospital, and whose picture is placed at the head of the table.

Following the commemorative party, and listening to music, the remainder of the evening was spent dancing.

(Kuokoa, 1/12/1917, p. 2)

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LV, Helu 2, Aoao 6. Ianuari 12, 1917.

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