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Just another place that posts random articles from the Hawaiian Newspapers! It would be awesome if this should become a space where open discussions happen on all topics written about in those papers!! And please note that these are definitely not polished translations, but are just drafts!!! [This blog is not affiliated with any organization and receives no funding. Statements made here should in now way be seen as a reflection on other organizations or people. All errors in interpretation are my own.]

Delegate Kuhio Jailed for One Night.

WASHINGTON, D. C., Jan. 5.–9 p. m. To Secretary Atkinson, Honolulu: Ask of my friends to wait before coming to a conclusion until you receive a letter.


The thought shown above clarifies the news sent to the presses like that below:

WASHINGTON, D. C., Jan. 5.–Yesterday, Hawaiian Delegate to Congress, Prince Kuhio Kalanianaole was arrested for the offence of fighting, resulting from when he met with Charles Clarke. The fight grew from some personal matters between the two.

On being arrested, he said that he cannot be arrested being a member of Congress, and for that reason he refused to give bail to be released from staying in jail as he strongly demanded to be released without consideration of the bail.

His demands were not heeded and he was detained in a jail room that night and his food was coffee and some toast.

He was brought before the court this morning in the Black Maria with some other prisoners. The hearing of his case was postponed until Thursday morning.

This opponent of Delegate Kuhio is Attorney Clarke of Honolulu, the man who is was thought of as adviser and assistant for the Delegate, and he almost was selected, had the Delegate liked him; it was then that the Honolulu Traders Association will pay his wages.

It is said Mr. Clarke went to Washington by his own means, and here in Kaimuki lives his family.

(Kuokoa, 1/8/1904, p. 1)

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLII, Helu 2, Aoao 1. Ianuari 8, 1908.

A mele honoring William Ulunui Sheldon, 1891.

Kaulana mai nei a o Uilama Ulunui

Kaulana mai nei a o Ulunui
Ke kiai luli ole a o Halekuke
Nana i pulumi pau mai
Na punua pee poli a Evana
Pii e ka lia ia mea ma
Ha’ukeke na ku’i i ka weliweli
Aneane e pau e ke aho
I kau a mea o ka maka’u
Aole pela o mea ma iho
He pili meaai paluhe wale
Moea imua me ka hopo ole
A kau i ke ao malamalama
Ka Hoopono hoi kou lamalama
Kakoo ia nei e ke Kahikolu
E-o mai oe i ko wehi
Ke kiai luli ole a o Halekuke

Famous is William Ulunui

Famous is Ulunui
Unwavering keeper of the Customs House
He sweeps away
Bosom-hiding fledglings of Evans
Those folks become fearful
Knees shake in fright
Nearly out of breath
For the fear
Not so for the others
Sycophants so meek
Go forward without trepidation
Until reaching the world of light
Righteousness being your torch
Supported by the Trinity
Respond to your adornment
Unwavering keeper of the Customs House

Ka Leo o ka Lahui, Buke II, Helu 182, Aoao 2. Aperila 29, 1891.

This mele seems to be based on the following scandal:

Hawaiian Gazette, Vol. XXVI, No. 17, P. 7. April 28, 1891.

Did you see today’s post from Bishop Museum’s He Aupuni Palapala?

A few weeks earlier that month, this appeared in the PCA and surely was one of the reasons for the meeting.

The following document, with the signatures appended, has been handed us for publication. The resolutions will doubtless be presented at the next regular meeting of the Chamber of Commerce, which occurs on the 5th instant. We will add that two members of the Chamber who are now absent from the city would in all probability sign this document:

The undersigned members of the Chamber of Commerce of Honolulu, hereby assent to the following resolutions:

Resolved, That in our opinion His Majesty’s Government in view of the condition of the business interests of this country should endeavor to negotiate a Treaty of Reciprocity with the United States.

Resolved, That we would advise the cession of Pearl River harbor [Pearl Harbor] to the United States for naval purposes it desired by the United States, to secure such a Treaty.

H. A. P. Carter, for C. Brewer & Co.; S. C. Allen, for Walker & Allen; J. B. Atherton, for Castle & Cooke; M. Louisson, for M. S. Grinbaum & Co.; A. W. Peirce; J. C. Glade, for H. Hackfeld & Co.; H. M. Whitney; J. T. Waterhouse, Jr., for J. T. Waterhouse; Afong & Achuck, per Yim Quon; B. F. Dillingham, for Dillingham & Co.; Henry May; William W. Hall, for E. O. Hall & Son; J. G. Dickson, for Lewers & Dickson; Theodore C. Heuck, per C. F. Pfluger; F. Banning, for Edward Hoffschlaeger & Co.; F. A. Shaefer; B. F. Bolles; A. S. Cleghorn, for A. S. Cleghorn & Co.; Alexander J. Cartwright; George C. McLean.

(PCA, 3/1/1873, p. 2)

Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Vol. XVII, No. 35, Page 2. March 1, 1873.

Death of Benjamin Starr Kapu, 1905.

Beniamina Starr Kapu has passed on.

Beniamina Starr Kapu, on of the Hawaiians of this town has passed on. He left this life at eight o’clock at night this Sunday at Kauluwela having no sickness; in other words he died a swift death.

That evening he prayed at Kaumakapili with his wife, and after this, they returned to their cafe at Kauluwela, where he and his “Eve” worked hard at that fine endeavor, and to sleep. They were awakened by a Japanese knocking outside of their door who wanted to drink some coffee being that their coffee is what he really wanted.

After he was refused, and that he should come back the next morning to get coffee; the Japanese’s desire for coffee was not soothed. Mr. Kapu and his wife got up, and Kapu took that Japanese to his own place, but they did not reach the home of the Japanese when the Japanese was let go, and Kapu returned home.

And it is at this time he had the problem that ended his breathing quickly, and according to the doctor’s knowledge, Kapu had a weak heart. How pitiful.

His funeral service was held at Kaumakapili, where he with his wife worked on their spiritual welfare, and they were members of that Church, and it was cared for by its Kahu, Rev. W. N. Lono. The congregation was filled with his many friends.

When his body was being prepared, Mr. Fred Weed took care of that, which was work he was used to doing. And it was there that he remained until his body was carried to be laid to rest in the usual place of all people.

Beniamina Starr Kapu was born at Leleo, in this town on the 12th of Marchi, 1863, from his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Keonekapu Starr Kapu. His young days were spent at the Anglican school Iolani where he first received his education.

And after his young days when he became an adult where he began to take care of himself and his family, and one of his occupations he was employed at in this town was as police captain during the period when the Hon. J. L. Kaulukou was the Marshal during the Monarchy.

Right after that he served as District Sheriff of Ewa, island of Oahu. He was a candidate running during the past election held for the Districts of Oahu, for the District of Ewa as the district sheriff, but his friend Mr. Fernandez won.

He left behind his “Eve,” Mrs. Kapu and his family in sudden sadness, grieving after him.

(Kuokoa, 12/29/1905, p. 5)

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLIII, Helu 52, Aoao 5. Dekemaba 29, 1905.

Kahookano dies at 31° north latitude, 180° east longitude, 1891.

Calling the relations of Kahookano.

The Marshal’s Office [Keena o ka Ilamuku] received notice pertaining to the death of a man named Kahookano, on the 11th of March, 1891, when he was lost in the ocean from the schooner Equator, at 31° north latitude, 180° east longitude.

At the time of his tragedy, he had remaining pay; this remaining pay was left with the Circuit Court of the United States, and it will be given to his relation who has proper claim to it, should one be found. If they are living, may those people come here to the office of Ka Leo o ka Lahui, and we will give them directions to where they will receive this remaining pay.

(Leo o ka Lahui, 5/13/1891, p. 3)

Ka Leo o ka Lahui, Buke II, Helu 192, Aoao 3. Mei 13, 1891.

The sinking of the Hiram Bingham, 1909.


Vague news has been received in Boston from Sydney [Kikane] simply explaining that the schooner Hiram Bingham was smashed and sunk in the deep along with the death of its captain, the Rev. A. C. Walkup with the ship. As for where the ship was smashed and sunk and the reason for it was not fully explained. This here below was published in the newspaper the San Francisco Call of the 27th of August [p. 13]:

“The missionary schooner Hiram Bingham, word of whose loss was received at Boston in a cablegram from Sydney, was built at Anderson’s shipyard near Hunters point and sailed from here November 10, 1908, on its maiden voyage. The message conveying the news of the loss of the vessel also told of the death of Captain Alfred C. Walkup, the mariner-missionary who commanded the gospel ship.

“Captain Walkup superintended the construction of the vessel and when he sailed from here took with him his son and daughter. The boy and girl, who were born in the Gilbert Islands, came home by way of Australia and are now in this country attending college.

“No details have been learned of the loss of the vessel, which was last reported March 2r5 at Ocean Island [Banaba].

“The Hiram Bingham was built by the American board of foreign missions for work among the Gilbert islanders and cost $7,000. The vessel was 63 feet long and was equipped with a 45 horsepower gasoline engine.”

In fall of the past year, the ship docked in Honolulu on its way to the islands of Kilibati. Its captain was welcomed with great care by the missionaries here, and before it set sail for the islands of the South, a prayer assembly was held at the pier of the Alameda.

That schooner the Hiram Bingham was the second schooner by that name built for the Mission in the Southern seas; it was built to take the place of the first vessel that rotted because it was put to use for so long. [The next two lines are set in the wrong order] It was named the Hiram Bingham in honor of Rev. Hiram Bingham the pioneer missionary teacher who lived for a long time in the islands of Kiribati.

When it stopped here, also aboard were copies of the Bible which was translated into the Kiribati language by Rev. Hiram, and that was the ballast used to sail here.

(Kuokoa, 9/10/1909, p. 7)

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLVI, Helu 37, Aoao 7. Sepatemaba 10, 1909.

Description of Banaba, 1898


…And at 12 noon we sailed to Banaba. This is a land that is somewhat circular, and it is higher than all of the other lands of Kiribati. This land appears to be a heap of volcanic rock. There are a lot of sharp, long, and tall rocks all over on this land, and there are very few coconut trees, because of the many rocks and the heat of the sun. The fruit of the kamani and the seed within is the staple food of these people; this is eaten together with raw fish, and it is also cooked. Water that is drunk by the people is below in deep caves; the women fetch it with torches. You walk standing upright and some places you crawl. Each family are the owners of their own cave; and if someone just takes [without permission], they will die in war. There are many who die when the torch goes out in the cave.

But we are extremely joyful this year (1898) on that land, that is because we are trying once more to eat the fruits of our land of birth. Like sugarcane, banana, orange, lemon, mango, watermelon, pumpkin, and some other fruits. The reason for this is that there was a lot of rain this past year, and these things were grown; but the heat from the sun is returning and all of those things will disappear. Life is sustained with the fruit of the kamani and the fish of the sea. It was here that Itaaka Kinta used to live some years ago; and these days Rev. Taremon is the pastor of this parish. There are two fine churches, some school teachers, and the people greatly desire righteousness, and they wear clothes correctly. On Thursday, Feb. 17, we left this land, the edge of the Kiribati Archipelago, and went west for Kusaie (Ualana) in the Caroline Archipelago.

(Kuokoa, 4/22/1898, p. 4)

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXXVII, Helu 16, Aoao 4. Aperila 22, 1898.


Hon. Joseph U. Kawainui.

Aloha Happy New Year.

I am writing a short letter for you.

The Morning Star stopped at this land on midday Thursday, and today it sails for the islands Banaba and Nawaro and all the way to Ualana, Ponape, Ruk in the West.

The Morning Star [Ka Hoku Ao] stopped at Abaiang on Dec. 25, 1889, and now is on its way to Honolulu.

We received the letters and the bundle of Ko Hawaii Paeaina newspapers; much aloha. We saw the ideas in the letters and the newspapers as well.

I and my Beni are fine now but sick sometimes.

We are with Rev. M. Lutera [Martina Lutera] and Mrs. S. H. Lutera and Rev. Z. S. K. Paaluhi [Zadaio Solomon Kalua Paaluhi] and Mrs. Emma Paaluhi; the are returning because of health issues. Smallpox has spread on the Morning Star.

With much aloha,
J. H. Mahoe.[Joel Hulu Mahoe]
January 4, 1890.

(Ko Hawaii Paeaina, 3/22/1890, p. 4)

Ko Hawaii Paeaina, Buke XIII, Helu 12, Aoao 4. Maraki 22, 1890.

Godfrey Rose’s new two-story building under construction, 1868.

A new building being constructed.–We just saw that Kapena Loke’s new building has been started on where his work office now stands, in the famous grounds in the olden days of Mikapalani [William French]. It is being built with two stories, and will be constructed entirely of bricks. When the building is completed, it will add continuously to the beauty of Kaahumanu Street.

(Au Okoa, 3/12/1868, p. 2)

Ke Au Okoa, Buke III, Helu 47, Aoao 2. Maraki 12, 1868.