Hmmm. Was this the end of the newspaper, Ka Makaainana? 1900.

We have great praise for the fire department for their efforts to save the printing equipment of our fellow newspaper Ka Makaainana, and they saved it indeed from the devouring fires of this past Saturday.

(Kuokoa, 1/26/1900, p. 6)

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXXVIII, Helu 4, Aoao 6. Ianuari 26, 1900.


Iwi found on the future site of the First National Bank, 1924.


While the site was being dug, where the First National Bank [Banako First National] will be built in the future, at King and Bishop streets, there was found human bones and a poi pounder in the earth, but as to how those bones and poi pounder got there, that is something unclear being asked today.

At about seven or eight feet, these things were found by workers digging the dirt in the earth, at the area where the old fire station stood during the time of King Kalakaua. Continue reading

Kalihi fire, 1889.

The glowing fire on the Kalihi mountains Thursday night Feb. 21, was caused by workmen burning off the grass on the site of the new reservoir in the upper Nuuanu Valley. The fire could easily have been controlled in the first instance. As it was, it was allowed to run up a narrow ridge, and thence to spread along the flanks of the mountain until it became an extensive conflagration, destroying many vigorous young koa trees and persistently working itself down into the valley. On Friday morning, two teachers and about twenty of the largest boys in the Kamehameha School went up to the fire and after a vigorous battling with the dense smoke succeeded in hemming in the fire, and finally subdued it. The utmost care in such a dry season should be used in preventing the setting, much more the spreading, of fire in the grass and bushes above Honolulu. A few such fires would make it unnecessary to build extra reservoirs.

(Handicraft, 2/1889, p. 3)


Handicraft, Volume I, Number 2, Page 3. February 1889.

The birthday of Kamehameha IV, 1863.

[Found under: “NA MEA HOU O HAWAII NEI.”]

Birthday of the King.—The birthday of the King was celebrated pleasantly by his citizens, and the soldiers gave a commemorative banquet for the day at Huehue, and the Fire Engines of this town paraded, from Engines 1 to 4; along with other fine entertainment held that day.

(Kuokoa, 2/14/1863, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke II, Helu 7, Aoao 2. Feberuari 14, 1863.

The perils of fire in old Hawaii, 1848.


Kapalama, July 7, 1848.

O Elele Hawaii, aloha oe. Tell the people and the other Islands of this Nation of the great devastation that happened here in Honolulu last night.

On the 6th of July, at perhaps 1 o’clock at night, three houses went up in flames at the North East corner of town, near the North side of Kaumakapili Church [not where it is located now]. One adobe house and two pili grass houses. The adobe house belonged to Kahehenanui, a member of the church and a widower. One of the pili houses belonged to Kauhema, a church member, and that new pili house was only completed some months ago. The other pili house belonged to Lio and was about three years old.

The fire started at the new pili house of Kauhema on the south side of the structure in the lanai. A candle was burning there and the flame caught on to the wall of the lanai. The fire leaped from the house of Kauhema and caught the adobe house of Kahehenanui on fire, and then the fire jumped to the house of Lio, and those houses were all consumed leaving the house of Uilani located makai of those houses to escape from being burned down; the Church escaped the fire as well. Continue reading

Annual Firemen’s Parade, 1864.


of the

Fire Department!

THE ANNUAL PARADE of the “Honolulu Fire Department,” happening on this coming Monday, the 12th. The Companies are asked to gather in the front of the firehouse NUMBER 2 at 10 o’clock in the morning, with their uniforms and engines.

By order of


Secretary of the O. K. [Oihana Kinaiahi]

Honolulu, Dec. 10, 1864.

(Kuokoa, 12/10/1864, p. 3)

Olelo Hoolaha a ka Oihana Kinaiahi!

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke III, Helu 50, Aoao 3. Dekemaba 10, 1864.

Engine Company #1 of Hilo and the Fourth of July, 1865.


Engine Company Number 1 of Hilo.—J. A. Kealohanui of Hilo, Hawaii wrote of the appearance of the cheerful boys of that Company on this past 4th of July. On the night of the third, they went to the house of Poonahoahoa [Thomas Spencer], and there they played their horns and drums, which woke him up, and he came outside and thanked them. On the next day, they went there again, and from there to the place of the Governor [Keelikolani] and gave her three cheers, and three for the Hawaiian Flag. She remarked that this is a fine Company. With them go our warm aloha.

(Kuokoa, 7/22/1865, p. 2)

Ahahui Puali Kaawai Helu 1 o Hilo.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke IV, Helu 29, Aoao 2. Iulai 22, 1865.

Old fire engines up for auction, 1868.

Old Fire Engines [Kaawai].—In the midday of this past Monday, directly in front of the auction office of E. P. Adams, some old Fire Engines were put up for auction. Engine Number 1, “Hoomanawanui,” and Engine Number 4, “Holokahana” of the Hawaiians. When they were auctioned, Engine Number 1 went to James L. Lemon for $90, and Number 4 went to D. Foster for $126. What the two will do with the Fire Engines, we were not told; perhaps they will send it somewhere else.

(Au Okoa, 2/6/1868, p. 2)

Na Kaawai Kahiko.

Ke Au Okoa, Buke III, Helu 42, Aoao 2. Feberuari 6, 1868.

Ka Haku o Hawaii and Fire Engine Company 4, 1862.

[Found under: “NA MEA HOU O HAWAII NEI.”]

New Member for Number 4.—Recently, His Highness, Ka Haku o Hawaii, became a new member of Engine Company Number 4 [Hui Kinaiahi Helu 4]. We see the young Alii joining in on these fine work. This is an example for others, as if reminding us that we ourselves should join in good endeavors of all sorts, while putting effort into fostering these works, and living properly, and treating well all those with whom we meet. Look to this Example.

(Kuokoa, 1/25/1862, p. 2)

Lala Hou...

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke I, Helu 9, Aoao 2. Ianuari 25, 1862.