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By this, notice is given to all who sees this, as per what is designated in Section 614 of the Assembled Laws of Hawaii, 1915; I, the one named below, the owner of the fishery, known as the sea of “KEAUAU,” from the former property of the Alii William Charles Lunalilo, that being the sea in the Ili aina of Kapahulu, select and set aside for myself, an only for my own use, the fish called, “amaama,” from within those seas. All who take without my permission this fish that I make tabu, will be prosecuted.
—On this past Sunday, some haole boys went to surf at the surf spot of Uo at noon of that day, and some people told the sheriff to arrest them; he responded that it was fine, and that there was no law against surfing on Sunday. We believe that if surfing is a pleasurable activity, then there is indeed a law against it.
PROCEEDINGS of the House of Representatives were opened the other day by the Rev. Akaiko Akana, chaplain of the Senate of Hawaii, in a prayer of rather unusual character. He quoted Kipling and referred to ancient nations which, before the discovery of this country, “had risen skyward in the splendor of their accomplishment and in the glory of their might, but because God was forgotten, they fell and today the remnants of their broken structures lie heaped upon the ruins of their desolation with their names buried beneath and spelled in cold letters on the pages of history.” This is a fine piece of rhetoric addressed to the Throne on High, but intended for human ears, and it evokes many memories of the Western world. Continue reading →
In a letter from Princess Elizabeth Kalanianaole from Washington received by Mrs. Julia Desha reported that the Rev. Akaiko Akana was requested by the Speaker of the House of Representatives in Washington to give the opening prayer on a morning when the proceedings of the House of Representatives were opened, and that solemn voice of prayer given by the Hawaiian Pastor was listened carefully to by the distinguished Members of that Body. This was a great honor given to the Kahu of the Kawaiahao Church, and it was the very first time the first words of prayer given by a Hawaiian Pastor was heard in that world-renown Legislative Building. Continue reading →