Kaumualii’s mahiole fetches a mere $120 at auction, 1873.

[Found under: “NU HOU KULOKO.”]

Antiquities of Hawaii nei.—At 10 o’clock in the morning of this past Saturday, Mar. 8, the valuables of old Hawaii which were advertised earlier were auctioned off by E. P. Adams. The house was filled with all sorts of people, and some objects went for high bids. The feather mahiole of Kaumualii went for the price of $120. This headdress went for a very low price; it is believed that never again will there be available a mahiole of that kind. The care given to all of the objects by the mother who has passed [Mrs. Whitney] was very good.

(Kuokoa, 3/22/1873, p. 3)

Na mea kahiko o Hawaii nei...

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XII, Helu 12, Aoao 3. Maraki 22, 1873.

The name of Kaumualii’s mahiole, 1906.

[Excerpt from: “He Moolelo no Kamehameha I. Ka Na’i Aupuni Hawaii.” by Hooulumahiehie.]

After these words of Kamehameha’s were over, he then took his mahiole, Koki, from a basket and placed it upon the head of Kaumualii. Kamehameha removed his royal malo and so too did Kaumualii remove his malo, and they exchanged them with each other.

[This account is from the meeting of Kamehameha and Kaumualii. It is just a tiny excerpt of the kind of awesome information available in the story of Kamehameha I translated by Kamaoli Kuwada, Emalani Case, and Beau Bassett, slated to come out from Kamehameha Publishing. I can’t wait.

I was informed that this priceless feathered object from the past is indeed being cared for amongst the many other antiquities at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum.]

(Na’i Aupuni, 9/14/1906, p. 1)

HE MOOLELO NO KAMEHAMEHA I.

Ka Na’i Aupuni, Buke II, Helu 88, Aoao 1. Sepatemaba 14, 1906.

More on Don Blanding, 1939.

About Don Blanding

Don Blanding

Moses Company, Limited announced the arrival of plates decorated by this famous poet, Don Blanding, a they are being displayed in their store and are placed in one of their show windows. You can see the true value of his recollections. His abilities in painting is incomparable.

You can begin your collection of plates for $8.80. They are beautiful to look at, and can be used everyday.

Should you desire to see some of those plates, go to the book store of the Moses Company. Continue reading

Construction of the Bishop Museum, 1889.

SLABS FROM A HEIAU.

The Kinau brought this morning two slabs from a heathen temple or heiau at Kapoho, Puna, Hawaii. They are to be placed in the Bishop Museum now in course of erection at the Kamehameha school grounds. Some of the stones in this same temple had a mark of a cross on them, supposed to have been made by the Spaniards when voyaging to these islands years and years ago.

(Daily Bulletin, 5/29/1889, p. 3)

SLABS FROM A HEIAU.

The Daily Bulletin, Volume XIV, Number 2262, Page 3. May 29, 1889.

Queen’s Hospital trustees and the Bishop Museum, 1886.

DECISION OF QUEEN’S HOSPITAL TRUSTEES.

 A special meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Queen’s Hospital was held this morning in the Chamber of Commerce room. The object of the meeting was to consider the advisableness and feasibility of transferring the antiquities and curios left to the Hospital by the will of the late Queen Emma to the Hon. Chas. R. Bishop, who is about to open a national museum. Mr. Kunuiakea, one of the heirs of the Queen Emma estate and part claimant of the curios, consents to give his interest in them to Mr. Bishop for the purpose mentioned, on the condition that the Queen’s Hospital also give their interest. It having been the wish of the late Queen Emma to have a national museum in Honolulu, and such wish having been specified in her will (signed but not witnessed), the Trustees of the Queen’s Hospital have decided to deed to Mr. C. R. Bishop all the curios and antiquities left them by the will of the deceased queen, on the condition that all the ancient relics left by the late High Chiefess Pauahi Bishop, be also given to the museum.

(Daily Herald, 9/16/1886, p. 3)

DECISION OF QUEEN'S HOSPITAL TRUSTEES.

The Daily Bulletin, Volume IX, Number 1432, Page 3. September 15, 1886.

Beginnings of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, 1886.

Museum of Antiquities.

A special meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Queen’s Hospital was held yesterday. It was called to consider the question of conveying the Hawaiian antiquities and curios, devised to the Trustees by the will of the late Queen Emma, to the Hon. C. R. Bishop for a projected public museum. Mr. Bishop had sometime ago formed the purpose of founding a museum of Hawaiian antiquities, with the collection of his late consort, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, as the nucleus. Continue reading

More on auction of Kauai treasures, 1873.

A REAL CURIOSITY.—We noticed in the window of Whitney’s Bookstore recently, a real curiosity of the olden time, being the feather helmet (mahi-ole) of Kaumualii, the last King of Kauai. It is a very rare specimen of the ancient handiwork of these Islands, and ought to be purchased by the government, for the museum for the establishment of which the Legislature made a provision last summer.

(Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 2/22/1873, p. 3)

A Real Curiosity.

The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume XVII, Number 34, Page 3. February 22, 1873.

Treasures up for auction, 1873.

TO BE AUCTIONED OFF

BEAUTIFUL ADORNMENTS of

HAWAII NEI.

—ON—

Saturday, – – – March 8

At 10 o’clock, Morning.

At the Auction House of E. P. Adams [E. P. Adamu]

The items below are thought to be between 60 and a 100 years old. Those being these:

One Mahiole of Bird Feathers.—The Mahiole belonged to the King of Kauai, and was carefully cared for. It is believed to be the only feather mahiole preserved to this day.

Feather Lei.—They are all cared for well.

Bird-Feather Pihapiha, Worn by the Alii Family of Kauai.

Hair and Palaoa Lei, that were worn.

Niihau Mats, Rare.

Hawaiian Kapa that were Pounded and dyed strange colors.

Decorative Dog-Teeth Lei, Bound to the feet when dancing.

Bracelets [Kupee], of Shell and Ivory, Hard to find.

Wooden Bowls and wooden idol bowls [ipu laau hoomana kii]

Beautiful Shells and Koa Bowls.

Various shells and other antiquities, too many to list.

Hawaiians are invited, they will be available for auction if your go there this morning.

E. P. ADAMS.

Auctioneer.

[I wonder how these ended up here, and what became of them…

The English ad can be found in The Hawaiian Gazette of March 3, 1873, p. 5.]

(Kuokoa, 3/8/1873, p. 3)

E KUAI KUDALAIA ANA

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XII, Helu 10, Aoao 3. Maraki 8, 1873.

Another stone kanoa, 1900.

AN AMAZING AWA BOWL.

Brought over by Jim Davis, the supercargo [kupakako] of the steamer Upolu, was a stone awa bowl that has a god image [kii akua] on its side. It is estimated to be 150 years old. This kanoa was found in the earth of Halikiki, Kona, Hawaii, a few feet underground. It was found when the land was being worked to plant coffee, and some people said there was a house foundation there in the olden days. There are many who say that a kanoa carved out of stone is very rare, and that most seen to this day are made from wood. This kanoa will be taken to the Bishop Museum after the one who it belongs to gives his consent.

[There was also this story on a stone kanoa at the Museum. And this did not i hear make its way to the Bishop Museum…]

(Aloha Aina, 6/9/1900, p. 6)

HE KANOA AWA KUPANAHA

Ke Aloha Aina, Buke VI, Helu 23, Aoao 6. Iune 9, 1900.

Mild hula ku’i and California Midwinter International Exposition, 1894.

DEPARTING FRIENDS.

The S. S. Australia Carries the Hawaiian Exhibit.

The departure of the S. S. Australia for the Coast was delayed until nearly 1 o’clock on account of the late arrival at the Oceanic wharf of articles to be exhibited at the Midwinter Fair in San Francisco, which has already opened. Among the numerous exhibits to be seen on the steamer were boxes of large and small coffee plants, boxes of large and small tea trees, brought from Hamakua, two wooden tanks containing different varieties of fish, including eels, a small shark, squid and crabs. The last two species were in one tank, and it is believed there will be a circus started between them when the aquarium is shaken up. There were two monster bullocks in stalls lashed near the stern. Kapahee, the famous surf rider, with his board, his wife and son, three hula girls and four other natives comprise part of the Hawaiian exhibit. Kapahee will give exhibitions in surf riding near the Cliff House, and if the water is clear he will dive and kill fish with a spear he has taken with him. He will also ride the bullocks. The girls under the management of D. Kaahanui will dance a mild hula-kui, while the others will assist about the grounds. Mr. L. A. Thurston superintends the exhibit.

Mrs. J. K. Ailau will make a first-class exhibition of Hawaiian curios at the fair in connection with the Hawaiian exhibit. She has taken with her four young ladies to act as saleswomen.

Messrs. Samuel Parker and A. P. Peterson were passengers on the Australia for the Coast on business bent.

Mr. W. P. Boyd, U. S. Vice-Consul-General, and wife were also passengers. They have gone to spend their honeymoon in the States. Both were gaily bedecked with leis and evergreens.

Miss Kate Cornwell, H. A. Widemann, Jr., F. M. Hatch and L. A. Thurston also left.

Mrs. and Miss Gerber, with their friend Miss A. Cahill, who lately returned from the Volcano, were among the departing throng. Mrs. Gerber and daughter left for home after a short and pleasant vacation on the islands.

Nearly all the passengers were covered with Hawaii’s tropical adieu, viz., wreaths and flowers. The P. G. band played previous and up to the departing of the steamer, and the scene on the wharf was one of bustle and excitement.

(Daily Bulletin, 1/6/1894, p. 2)

DEPARTING FRIENDS.

The Daily Bulletin, Volume VII, Number 924, Page 2. January 6, 1894.