Happy Birthday Aunty Pat!


From “The Auntie of the Bishop Museum,” Honolulu Advertiser, August 17, 2005, Pages E1, 3.


Celebration of the birthday of Queen Emma at the Queen’s Hospital, 1945.

Our Day


KAHALA, Honolulu, January 5, 1945—The nurses and all the employees of The Queen’s Hospital gave a luau in the memory of the birthday of Queen Emma Kaleleonalani, on the grounds of the hospital. There were many people who were invited, and there were many who attended. We two [Evelyn Desha and Stephen Desha Jr.] were among the invited, and my companion [Mr. Desha] was invited to speak on the life of Queen Emma. There were many who entertained at that luau. Singing groups with their hula girls. Something that really made the two of us happy was our meeting and shaking hands with Admiral Nimitz, General Smith, and Governor Stainback. The ideas below are some that were spoken of by my friend on that afternoon.

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Eo, e Napelakapu! 1881.

[Found under: “NA NU HOU HAWAII.”]

On this day, Queen Kapiolani has made 46 years old, and they have been ruling this land for eight years. She has gone off from the royal court today, perhaps to enjoy the calm of Ehu [Kona, Hawaii], and we pray that her days are lengthened and their reign is blessed from here on.

(Ko Hawaii Paeaina, 12/31/1881, p. 2)


Ko Hawaii Paeaina, Buke IV, Helu 53, Aoao 2. Dekemaba 31, 1881.

A fire to celebrate the birthday of Kamehameha V? 1868.

Commotion-Inciting Fire.—The fire bells of Honolulu rang out in the evening of this past Friday, and off went the firemen; come to find out, the fire was the work of Miss Bingham folk. The large fire that they set was purportedly to honor the birthday of the King. If this was done with good intentions, why were the members of the fire department not informed prior to this? We saw in the P. C. A. paper a clarification of their apology to the fire department; Continue reading