Queen’s Hospital celebrates the birth of Queen Emma, 1917.


Last Tuesday night, a party was held to commemorate the birthday of Queen Emma, her eighty-first. It was a luau at which were gathered the nurses of the Queen’s Hospital, along with the doctors, and some invited guests.

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Oliver Knox Poniaulani celebrates 50th birthday, 1920.


Mr. Editor, Salutations:—Please allow me an open space of our pride, so that the friends and intimates will know of the jubilee of the news sleuth of the Kuokoa.*

At my home at Kuau, Maui, on the 11th of May, 1920, my husband and I, his wife, celebrated his jubilee, that being the 50th year of his life on this round earth. Continue reading

Mother’s Day a hundred years ago at Kaumakapili Church, 1921.


Whereas this coming Sunday, the 8th, is declared as the day to commemorate mothers, whether they have died or are here living.

Therefore, it will be commemorated at Kaumakapili Church at 11:00 on that day. Mother Mrs. Withington will be that one who talks about the full story and of the establishment of Mother’s Day, and it is remembered every year. Continue reading

Lei Day, 1928.

For more stories on the first Lei Day, check out:

…And this post from Bishop Museum, with the first Lei Day program!:

…And one more from Kamehameha Schools’ Hoʻokahua Cultural Vibrancy Group!


Ready For Lei Day

MARGARET DE LA CRUZ, whose cheerful smile is familiar to all who visit the docs on streamer days, is representative of the typical Hawaii lei woman.

(Advertiser, 5/1/1928, p. 1)

Advertiser_5_1_1928_1 Honolulu Advertiser, 70th Year, Number 14,793, Page 1. May 1, 1928.

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Duke Kahanamoku at the Lei Day celebration at Honolulu Hale, 1948.

SHERIFF DUKE P. KAHANAMOKU and Pacific Queen Nola Rose were greeted enthusiastically by the audience at the city hall Lei Day observance. Wearing a lei, hibiscus in her hair and a colorful print dress, the Australian blonde was a contrasting, yet harmonious note, in the ensemble of color and gaiety at the city hall.—Star-Bulletin photos.

(Star-Bulletin, 5/3/1948,  p. 11)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Volume LIV, Number 17356, Page 11. May 3, 1948.

Kamehameha School’s first founders day celebration, 1888.


On this Wednesday, at Kamehameha School, a gathering of remembrance was held on the birthday of the Princess Pauahi Bishop, the open-hearted one who set aside the school as a place for the youth of this new generation of Hawaiians to go to be educated. Speeches were given, each speaking of the great works of our alii who passed, before a large audience that was invited; Continue reading

Second anniversary of the Hawaiian Civic Club, 1920.

[Found under: “Nuhou Kuloko”]

There was great merrymaking at the second year celebration of the Kalapu Hoeueu o na Hawaii [Hawaiian Civic Club] that was held at the Young Hotel this past Saturday. Continue reading