Kiliwehi asks for divorce from William Hoapili Kaauwai, 1872.


BEFORE THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE Second Judicial Circuit of the Hawaiian Islands. Maui, S. S. Adjoined June Term A. D. 1872. Thursday the twelfth day  of September, A. D. 1872. MARY ANN KILIWEHI KAAUWAI, Libellant for Divorce, vs. WILLIAM HOAPILI KAAUWAI. Continue reading

William Hoapili Kaauwai’s public notice, 1872.


KE papa loa ia nei na mea a pau, aole e hookipa, malama, hanai, a hoaie i kuu wahine mare,—Mary Ann Kiliwehi. O hoopii ia lakou, a hookaa ole ia hoi e WILLIAM HOAPILI KAAUWAI.

Wailuku, Apr. 21, 1872.

[It is interesting that he still used “kuu wahine”.]

(Au Okoa, 5/16/1872, p. 3)


Ke Au Okoa, Buke VIII, Helu 5, Aoao 3. Mei 16, 1872.

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Flora Hayes at the Bishop Museum, 1965.

Flora Hayes is translating letters of Isle kings, queens and princes


Flora Kaai Hayes, who couldn’t pass her academic course at Kamehameha School for Girls in 1913, has become one of the Bishop Museum’s most avid scholars of Hawaiiana.

Mrs. Hayes, a former seven-term member of the Territorial House of Representatives, is translating from Hawaiian the letters of King Kalakaua, Queen Kapiolani and Prince Kuhio.

“I was so mischievous that the officials at Kamehameha wouldn’t pass me fromthe academic department,” she said.

Sneaking off the campus to buy see-moi, cakes, candy and pie for her dormitory pals, who claimed they were starving from the institutional food, was one of her special pranks. Continue reading