Pan-Pacific Club promotes the ukulele, 1916.


Plans to Co-operate With Promotion Committee To Put Instrument Where It Belongs


Quality and Output In Large Numbers Urged To Compete With Manufacturers In States

The Hawaiian ukulele in all its parts was one of the first exhibits of home manufacture to be sent to the Pan-Pacific industrial museum, and the Pan-Pacific Club is now co-operating with the promotion committee to put the Hawaiian ukulele where it belongs in the mainland. The promotion committee has received severe criticism from leading music houses in the mainland, setting forth the advantages of machine-made koa ukuleles manufactured in the mainland from Hawaiian wood, and insinuating that the hand made ukuleles of Hawaii might be greatly improved if up-to-date methods and machinery were used under the supervision of instrumental specialists from the mainland. They point out that as many thousands of ukuleles are sold every month now throughout America, and the little Hawaiian instrument has become recognized and a permanent place made for it, it might be well for the Hawaiian manufacturers to get together and pull together.

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The famed wauke of Kuloli, Okoe, South Kona, 1923.


Solomon Hanohano [Editor of the Kuokoa]; Much aloha shared between us:—Perhaps people do not know, or the new generation of this time that moves on, of the nature of the title placed above. Perhaps they are mistaken thinking that it is just a tale [moolelo kaao], like the story of Kamehameha says “nip off the bud of the wauke while it is still young.”

That is why your writer was urged to write to inform the public of the location of this famous place in the olden days of our kupuna. Continue reading

More on Kahuku connection to Waipahu, 1939.


Editor The Advertiser:

May I add a little to Lahilahi Webb’s story of Waipahu.

On Tuesday Miss Titcomb took Lahilahi Webb and me to interview Mrs. Kapeka Baker, one of the two remaining old timers of that locality. Continue reading

Lahilahi Webb on Kahuku connection to Waipahu, 1939.


Editor The Advertiser:

In the Advertiser this morning, May 16, I saw the article “Underground Channel May connect Kahuku and Waipahu.” I have heard about this water of Waipahu coming from Kahuku, frommy childhood. My mother’s people were kamaainas of Waikele and the Ewa district. Also my granduncle, Kapepu Kauila, familiarly known as Kapepu, the Konohiki nui of Waikele and Waianae. Continue reading

Kahuku connected to Waipahu by underground channel, 1939.

Underground Channel May Connect Kahuku, Waipahu


Are there underground channels from one side of the Island to the other?

Is there, Kamaainas of Waipahu, a stream which begins as Punahoolapa—the “Bright Spring”—in Kahuku, disappears and worms its way underground across the Island to reappear in your own Waipahu spring? Continue reading

A procession, 1886.

[Found under: “Kela me Keia.”]

Here is something else: In the morning of the Sabbath, Dec. 15, at Ainahou, news of a procession was sniffed out by the puffing nostril of the steamship Eleu. While it was at leisure and to its great amazement, its gaze fell upon a large number of men and women walking in a row in the tall house, nearby at the ocean. They were men girded in malo lenalena, if he was not mistaken, and women in pāʻū lenalena. Shortly thereafter, they disappeared perhaps into a room, and were no longer seen. In theory they could be the “ball of twine society” [ahahui Popo Kuaina] spoken of, or perhaps the descendants of the hale naua. With his bewildered thoughts floating within, he snickered as he recalled his dream of a procession of red gods with small heads, long legs, branched bones, scaly finger nails [??? makiao unahi], and so forth. Then his hair bristled, and he returned home.

[This is a curious article found in the Kuokoa.]

(Kuokoa, 12/11/1886, p. 3)

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Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXV, Helu 50, Aoao 3. Dekemaba 11, 1886.

Treasures spread across the four corners of the earth? 1906.

Auction Sale

Tourists! Collectors!

Thursday, Feb. 1, 1906,

10 O’CLOCK A. M.,

At my salesroom, 847 Kaahumanu Street, I will sell, under instruction from the Administrators of the Estate of


the eminent Hawaiian collector, the following ancient and other relics of

Ancient Chiefs

Pig Platters,


Cocos (Calabash Nets),


Stone Adzes,

Stone Lamps,

Mike Stones,

Poi Pounders,

49 Fans,

2 Kauila Aumakuas (War Spears),

2 Hula Drums (Ancient),

1 Idol—Kukaili-iki—One of Kamehameha’s War Gods,

1 Ipu Hula (Gourd Drum),

1 Pawehe Calabash,

1 Pawehe Water Bottle,

1 Newa (War Club),

2 Bamboo Cushions,

1 Hinai Opae,

2 Samoan War Clubs,

1 Koko (Ancient),

1 Black Kapa (Burial),

1 Lauhala Hall Mat,

7 Samoan Cocoanut Bowls,

1 Lauhala Bag,

1 Case Stuffed Hawaiian Birds,

1 Aumakua,

1 Kauila Kahili Stick,

1 Kahili Stick (Tortoise) and Ivory (Ancient),

2 Emu Eggs,

1 Carved Coco Bank,

1 Large Show Case,

4 Lei Hulus (Native Birds),

1 Samoan War Club,

1 Moss Album.



(Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 1/29/1906, p. 8)

Auction Sale

The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, XLIII, Number 7324, Page 8. January 29, 1906.

Keelikolani’s house and valuables destroyed by fire, 1873.

Destruction by Fire of the Residence of the Governess of Hawaii.

The tedium of this dull town, was relieved a little on last Wednesday night by a rousing fire. About one quarter to eight o’clock, the dwellers on Emma street, and in the immediate neighborhood, were suddenly aroused by the shouts and cries of kanakas, the screams of wahines, and the barking of dogs; and were first led to suppose that a big fight was on hand,—that perhaps the police had mutinied and the rifles were called out; but as each anxious individual peered into the street, they soon discovered by the column of flame that was leaping up into the dark sky, that a conflagration was on hand, and farther observation showed that it was taking place at the town mansion of Her Excellency, R. Keelikolani, the Governess of Hawaii.

The fire evidently had a good start, and as soon as discovered, was beyond the control of blankets or buckets of water; but not beyond the control of a good head of water from a fire plug, if spouting on it there and then. But the hydrant for public safety was not ready till the roaring devourer was licking the roof tree of Ruth. And when it was ready, the quenching stream served only to raise an impotent fizzle of stream. And oh! had the wind been up, and this fire had been in the close built part of the town, then we would have had a dance of destruction, that would have been equal to the cost of forty reservoirs.

But we must not complain, as the Ministers were out to see the fire burn, and lend a hand if needed. Emma street was lively with the jostling of Ministers and milkmen, diplomats and deacons, judges and jews, and editors and elderly ladies. Everybody turned out,—even some of the churches turned out. These were in the midst of the regular Wednesday evening service, when the uproar began. One pastor affected by the outside outcry, and the evident anxiety of his people, “sung it short,” and he and his flock, joined the throng in the street, to see the sight; but another one, while addressing his faithful, although he saw them speak out one by one, until he was left with only two to listen, yet he stood firm like the Roman sentinel at Pompeii, while the sparks of the conflagration were falling in his vestibule, and gave the two faithful witnesses the full benefit without halt or abbreviation of good orthodox sermon.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but as there had been on hand lately, a fierce litigation about this and other property, the circumstances afford occasion for a good deal of suspicion. Much that was curious and valuable in relation to ancient Hawaiian habits and costumes were unfortunately destroyed. There was some of the famed featherwork, worn by the old chiefs, many of the old feather insignia of office, the great kahilis of Hawaiian pageants, shell and hair ornaments, tappas and fine mats, and some royal bones—all of which were a considerable loss, excepting the bones.

The residence as a property, will not be much of a loss to the wealthy Governess of Hawaii. If the trades had been blowing fresh, several houses makai of this building, would have gone with it but as it was dead calm, and a light shower had fallen a few minutes before the fire broke out, it was easy to defend the roofs of neighboring houses.

On account of the absence of mail, we give this long report of an ordinary fire.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 1o/17/1873, p. 3)

Destruction by Fire of the Residence of the Governess of Hawaii.

Nuhou, Volume II, Number 24, Page 3. October 17, 1873.

More on the California Midwinter International Expo, 1894.

More Exhibits.

The Hawaiian Exposition Company will send another large shipment of exhibits to the Midwinter Fair by the Australia next Saturday. Among the things to be sent are native mats and tapa, poi boards and pounders, surf-boards, etc. Apu, the expert surf-rider from Niihau, will be among the twenty-five natives who will go up on the Australia. Mr. and Mrs. J. Ailau will take with them ten native women, who will make leis, fans and hats at the Fair.

(Hawaiian Gazette, 1/5/1894, p. 6)

More Exhibits.

Hawaiian Gazette, Volume XXIX, Number 2, Page 6. January 5, 1894.