Former students of the Waialua Girls’ Boarding School, 1881.

I tried making a list of those who responded to Mary E.Green’s call to former Waialua Girls’ Boarding School students to write about their lives. It is quite a extensive list. Continue reading


There is an article speaking of the monarch of Hawaii and Princess Kaiulani, 1895.

[The column on the left side of the page is only partially legible because this newspaper is bound into a book. The book is bound so tightly that the pages will not lay flat. That is why you see a shadow covering a good part of the column. The only way to know what was being said back then is by unbinding volumes like these and rescanning them clearly as possible. If you can’t read the whole page clearly, you can only guess at what was being reported.]


Ke Aloha Aina, Buke Buke I, Helu 22, Aoao 3. Okatoba 19, 1895.

Book & Music Festival, 2019.

If you are on Oahu nei, and are looking for something fun to do, there is the Book & Music Festival continuing today. I was there yesterday, and today it looks like the weather is much better. I am finding more and more books citing articles from the Hawaiian-language newspapers being sold these days. Hopefully people will see that history without the Hawaiian-language newspapers is at best an incomplete history.


Old School, 1983.

George Naope performs at the 1982 Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo: “My type of dancing is not commercial. But it reflects the inner feeling; I guess it’s because I come from the old school…”

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“Hawaiian Heritage Culture Revue,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Waikiki Shell, will feature a number of Hawaiian acts including the eminent George Naope and his Kona Gardens School of Hawaiian Arts.

Hawaii Talents International is presenting the evening of Hawaiian songs and dances, which also will feature:

  • The Dela Cruz Brothers, with the Na Opio Koolau Dancers.
  • Ka Ua Kilihune, spotlighting male hula, with Al Barcarse.
  • The Nuuanu Brothers, blending Hawaiian and contemporary music with comedy.
  • Kawai Liula Halau, led by Chiky Mahoe.
  • Kimo Kahoano, master of ceremonies.

Tickets are $12 for reserved seats, $10 for the terrace section, and $8 for general admission. Tickets are available at the Neal Blaisdell Center box office and at STAR outlets.

Boone Morrison photos


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George Naope: kumu from ‘the old school’

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Traditions taught by Fred Malulani Beckley Kahea, 1922.

Hawaiian words often do not equal English words. For instance, just because we say “sew” net and “sew” clothes in English, that does not mean Hawaiians used the same word for both. To sew clothes is “humuhumu,” but to sew a net is “kā.” Why try to make Hawaiian the same as English? What other words do you see being interchanged this way today?


[Found under: Nuhou Kuloko”]

To teach mat weaving, feather lei making, sewing net, and some other Hawaiian skills, Fred Malulani Beckley Kahea opened up

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There is no tsunami season like there is for hurricanes—be prepared, 1960/today.

Tsunami Awareness Month.


Honolulu Advertiser, 140th Year, Number 35,0002, Page 3. May 24, 1960.

HONOLULU — Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) is encouraging the public to take tsunami preparedness into their own hands this April during Tsunami Awareness Month. Seventy years ago, on April 1, 1946, one of the deadliest tsunamis to ever hit Hawaii caused widespread devastation on all islands. Generated by an earthquake in the Aleutian Islands, the massive tsunami took 159 lives and caused more than $26 million in damage. April was chosen as the month to honor and remember the lives lost in all tsunamis to hit the state.

Due to Hawaii’s location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, we are extremely vulnerable to the threat of tsunamis. Distantly generated tsunamis can reach Hawaii within several hours and are triggered by earthquakes that take place along the Ring of Fire, which circles the Pacific Rim. Locally generated tsunamis are caused by earthquakes or volcanic activity that occur in or near the Hawaiian Islands, and can make landfall in a matter of minutes.

“There is no season for tsunamis,” said Vern Miyagi, Administrator of Emergency Management. “During a tsunami threat, people only have hours – sometimes minutes – to move to safety. For this reason, it is crucial that families and individuals have their survival kits ready ahead of time and emergency plans up to date so they can quickly respond and react in a safe and efficient manner.”

For distantly generated tsunamis, outdoor warning sirens will sound statewide. For locally generated tsunamis, however, there may not be sufficient time to sound sirens. If you are near the ocean when an earthquake takes place, immediately move to higher ground. Upon hearing any warning sirens, the public should tune immediately to a radio or television for updates and the latest information. Additionally, everyone should be able to recognize the natural warning signs that a tsunami may be imminent. Signs include: rapidly rising or receding water from the ocean; the sound of a locomotive or jet plane coming from the ocean; and empty beaches.

People located within a tsunami evacuation zone should quickly move to higher ground, or inland until they are at least 100 feet above sea level, while avoiding steep cliffs and watching for falling rocks. To find out if you live, work or play within a tsunami evacuation zone, turn to the disaster preparedness pages in your local telephone book or enter your address into the Tsunami Evacuation Zone Map Viewer on HI-EMA’s website at

On Saturday, April 16, the Pacific Tsunami Museum (PTM) in Hilo will host an open house event with free admission to the public. During the event, PTM will unveil its brand new Science Room, which features an interactive Warning Center Simulation, among other activities. The Simulation allows guests to jump on a world map and generate an earthquake. From there, the player is faced with several questions that give them a taste of the various factors considered by the real Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) before making critical decisions, such as issuing a tsunami warning. PTM is a is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting tsunami awareness and education through a combination of science, history and personal accounts. For more information about the open house, call 808-935-0926.

HI-EMA is also releasing a series of public service announcements, which were produced by partners within the State Department of Defense’s Public Affairs Office with the assistance of PTWC (operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association) and PTM. The series provides background information about the science behind tsunamis and warning along with helpful tips about how to prepare and respond. Links to video spots can be found below:


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Media Contact:

Galen Yoshimoto
Public Information Officer
808-733-4300 or 808-620-5408