Mary Jane Fayerweather Montano story lost conclusion? 1894.


Before proofs of Mrs. Montano’s story of old times in Honolulu could be corrected for historical accuracy, the instalment was published in the magazine section of yesterday’s issue of The Advertiser. Continue reading


Ike ia Kaukini, 1911.


Ike ia Kaukini he lawaia manu
He upena kuu i ka noe o Pokahi
I hoopuni ia e ka ohu kakikepa
Ke na’i la i ka luna o ka Auwana Continue reading

Sigh, 2018.

Did you see last week Monday’s post on Welo Hou? It is funny how mele written by someone from a long time ago can stir up personal memories, both good and bad. Thomas Lindsey’s “Honesakala” is timeless. Does anyone know which Thomas Lindsey this was.

Click the sheet music below to check it out:


MS SC Roberts 2.2, p. 3. “Honesakala”

Pule should be studied as well, 1891.

[Prayer of Kana found in: “He Moolelo Kaao no Kana: Ke Ahi Kanana, Ka Hiapaiole, Ka Moopuna a Uli, Ka Mea Nana i Hoohiolo o Haupukele ka Puu Kaua i Molokai.”]

Ua meha ka leo o  ka ale o ka moana
Ua mea ka leo o ke kai
Ua meha ka leo o ke kanaka
Ua meha ka leo o ka manu noio o ke kai
Ua meha ka leo o ka Aama kua lenalena o ka pali
Ua meha ka leo o ka Opihi makaiauli
Ua meha ka leo o ka Hee pali
Ua meha ka leo o ka Amakihi holo kahakai Continue reading

Death announcements from Kalawao, 1876.

Deaths at Kalawao, Molokai.

[Hardly anything is legible in this article! If there was not also an announcement in the Kuokoa, we would not have this information. Oftentimes information is found in only a single issue of one newspaper. We need to rescan all the illegible pages of newspapers now while we can.]

(Lahui Hawaii, 11/16/1876, p. 2)


Ka Lahui Hawaii, Buke II, Helu 47, Aoao 2. Novemaba 16, 1876.

More on Ipo Lei Manu, 1892.


The Bulletin acknowledges the receipt of the music and words of two hula kuis—”Ipo Lei Manu” and “Pua Melekule”—the first ever printed. They have been copyrighted by Mr. W. F. Reynolds of the Golden Rule Bazaar, in both the Hawaiian Islands and the United States. A few copies arrived by the last steamer, which can be had at the Bazaar at fifty cents a copy.

[One year after the death of King Kalakaua, the mele gets copyrighted by someone who obviously did not compose it, as so often happens to Hawaiian music. What is interesting is that I have not found any public performances in Hawaii of this song until after 1924.]