Hula at Queen Emma’s birthday celebration, 1875.

[Found under: “Nu Hou Kuloko.”]

Birthday of Queen Emma.—This past Saturday, Queen Emma Kaleleonalani observed her birthday at her Residence, and there were many people who went to watch the entertainment of the day and to indulge in all the food from the great Table filled through her generosity;

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Birthday of Lahilahi Webb celebrated, 1948.

HONORED ON BIRTHDAY—Mrs. Elizabeth Lahilahi Napua-I-kaumakani Webb, authority on Hawaiiana and who was associated with the Bishop Museum for more than 20 years, was honored by the Kaahumanu Society, on the occasion of her 86th birthday, at a luncheon Monday at the Waikiki home of Mrs. Clement K. Parker Sr. Now living at the Lunalilo Home, Mrs. Webb is pictured here admiring some of the many gifts she received. (Advertiser photo by K. Shimogaki.)

(Advertiser, 4/13/1948, p. 9)

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Honolulu Advertiser, 91st Year, Number 21,613, Page 9. April 13, 1948.

Kalanianaole Day proposed by John W. Kalua, 1923.

Another Holiday For Hawaii
Would Observe Kalanianaole Day
Maui Man Introduces A Bill

HAWAII will have another legal holiday if a bill, H. B. 20, introduced yesterday in the house of representatives by Judge John W. Kalua of Maui, becomes law. The proposed holiday is to be March 26, which is to be known as Kalanianaole day. March 26 is the birthday anniversary of the late Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, who was Hawaii’s delegate to congress 20 years ago. Continue reading

A name song for Kalanianaole by Rosalie Puea Blaisdell, 1923.

A MELE INOA FOR KALANIANAOLE—HOAKAKAILILANI

The Commission [Hawaiian Homes] has a great debt to the generosity of these Ladies, the ones whose names are below, for their composing this mele that is being published, that is Mrs. Rosalie Puea Blaisdell and Mary Kalopi Keahi. Continue reading

Birthday of William K. Kuwalu, 1949.

Kauai’s Oldest Resident Has 100th Birthday

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Special to The Advertiser

LIHUE, Kauai, Jan. 29—There’s something a little special about William K. Kuwalu’s birthday tonight because he will be 100 years old. Kuwalu, who can probably lay claim to being Kauai’s oldest resident, was born on Jan. 29, 1849, on the little island of Niihau.

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THE LUAU IS TO be given at his Waimea Valley home by his sons and daughters. His daughters are Mrs. Emily Baclayon of Kilauea and Mrs. Helen Yadao of Mana.

The sons are Joseph N. Kuwalu, William K. Kuwalu Jr., and Abraham W. Kuwalu, all of Waimea. Continue reading

On the birthday of Kamehameha III, 1958.

The King’s Birthday: Was It in Spring Instead of August?

By EMMA LYONS DOYLE

The appearance in Hawaiian Holiday of an article on Kamehameha III two weeks ago revived interest among old timers in a question that in years gone by aroused both query and controversy.

Was Kauikeaouli’s birthday Aug. 11, or was it March 17?

The latter date until recent years this writer believed to be the correct one. It was known to have been observed during the king’s lifetime, with flag flying, celebrations and official calls.

Makua Laiana’s [Lorenzo Lyons’] journal, dated Waimea, March 17, 1849, records: “The King’s birthday. People ordered not to do any work. Public meeting, but Royal Proclamation disregarded by many.”

Kauikeaouli, it must be remembered, was born in a period when time was reckoned by the unwritten Hawaiian calendar, one that was established, detailed and well arranged, but so different from the later-adopted haole calendar that it would not be strange if confusion sometimes occurred.

The August date was affirmed by Fornander, and appears in Alexander’s Brief History of the Hawaiian People. Hawaiian Holiday’s article was timed and written in acceptance of these statements, and its length being limited, did not include mention of the controversy.

In August, 1847, there appeared in the Hawaiian publication Elele Hawaii [10/6/1847, pp. 99–100] an article by G. S. Keliumiumi, vehemently and poetically protesting the celebration of the king’s birthday in March.

He quotes Keaweamahi as one authority, and says in part, “Know then by this document the correct and the truth of King Kamehameha being born on the 11th day of the month of Hinaiaeleele, which is August…

David Malo, in 1847, also disputed the March date, saying he was present at Keauhou when the king was born. “I did not know how to reckon months at that time,” he wrote, but he cited a fishing season and certain events that would mark the period.

Fornander, in a chronological table that appeared in Hitchcock’s English – Hawaiian dictionary, says for 1813: “Kauikeaouli, afterward Kamehameha III, was born on Aug. 11 to Kamehameha and Keopuolani. The day of his birth, however was in after years conventionally fixed for March 17, but the above date is the testimony of his nurse, Emilia Keaweamahi, wife of Kaieoewa [Kaikioewa], Governor of Kauai. (Kamakau mentions Kaikeoewa as the infant’s protector.)

And now for a surprise!

Very unexpectedly, the writer has been given permission to use and extract from the journal of no less a person than John Young:

“Kawaihae, March, 1813.

“News came by bearer a few days hence of the birth of a child who will be declared kabu as an heir to this kingdom’s throne.

“Tamehameha is overjoyed. He declares a great feast and a number of sacrifices, and a time of great celebration.

“Mother and I go to celebrate. Grace is ill today. Fanny, John, James and the kahus shall go with me.”

As this journal probably has never seen publication, it may be that our story represents a scoop on a human interest item 145 years old, a journalistic triumph for a historian.

In any case, let’s hope March 17, 1959, will be duly celebrated. Twice within the span of a year is not too often to remember the good king.

(Advertiser, 8/24/1958, Hawaiian Holiday, p. 7)

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Honolulu Advertiser, 102nd Year, Number 34,394, Hawaiian Holiday, Page 7. August 24, 1958.

Kaahumanu Society commemorates King Kauikeaouli, 1924.

In Kawaiahao Church, on Sunday, the 16th of March, the Kaahumanu society will hold a commemoration for King Kauikeaouli, like the announcement that was printed in this paper, and all the members of the Kaahumanu  Societies are wanted to have a commemorative gathering of that type on their islands.

(Kuokoa, 3/6/1924, p. 1)

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Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXIII, Helu 10, Aoao 1. Maraki 6, 1924.