He aha ia mea ka holomua? 1930.


(Kakauia e George Pooloa)

Ke huli aku a hookuku ae i ke au i hala a me keia au e maalo nei e like me kona hou pela no e hou ai na mea apau; ua lohi ke ano o ka noho’na, ua nalo na pupupu hale pili mauu Hawaii, ua nalo na palau moena, nalo ke kuku kapa ana a nalo na mea apau o ke au i ko kaua mau kupuna a nalo pu me na laau a me ka lapaau ana i na maʻi.

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Mary Kawena Pukui, 1983.


Guardian of the Hawaiian Language

By Helen Altonn, Star-Bulletin Writer

SAMUEL H. Elbert vividly recalls the first time he met Mary Kawena Pukui. “She had a flower in her hair and she just captivated me.”

That was in 1937, on the top floor of the Bishop Museum. Pukui, affectionately called Kawena, had just joined the staff as a translator. She was working with E. S. C. Handy, an ethnologist, on a book entitled “Polynesian Family System at Kaʻu,” the Big Island home of her Hawaiian mother’s family. Continue reading

The death of Jonah Piikoi and his autobiography, 1859.

The death of J. Piikoi.

On the 26th of April, the Honorable J. Piikoi, one of the alii of this Hawaiian archipelago died. He was a much admired man for his competence and his determination in the duties given to him. He was 55 years old, and the sickness he died of was of quick pulse [? aalele nui], and problems with his blood flow, and he died.

Before the death of Piikoi, he prepared a story of his life, from his birth until the day he wrote it, that being the 7th of April. This is it below:

The Autobiography of J. Piikoi

I was born in the month of Ikuwa, that being January, in the year of the Lord 1804.

I was born in Waimea, Kauai, and that was where I was raised until the first Liholiho landed on Kauai on the 22nd of the month of  July, 1821. Continue reading

Opening of S. N. Haleole’s telling of the story of Laieikawai, 1862.





{Pertaining to Laieikawai.—The Moolelo Kaao was held by the one publishing this story in his Book of Moolelo for eighteen years and three months, beginning in the month of August, 1844. And the one with the Book of Moolelo comes Kailiokalauokekoa. But it is not only these stories in the Book of Moolelo; the moolelo of Painahala as well, has been preserved in the month of October, 1847. The length of this story is like the story whose title appears in this introduction; being that Laieikawai is 375 pages and Painahala is 363; but the telling of Painahala is almost the same as Keamalu, except the grandmother is different. Continue reading

Laieikawai and Death of Cook at the Opera House, 1902.

Next Attraction at the Opera House.

There was a very good rehearsal last evening of the Hawaii Ponoi Dramatic Club in their hall on Kaahumanu street. This club will give a dramatic entertainment next Saturday evening at the Opera House. Continue reading

History depends on the teller, 1879.

[Found under: “CAPTAIN JAMES COOK: The Discoverer of Australia, New Zealand, Alaska and the Sandwich Islands.”]


It was on the coast of the latter [Hawaii] that one of his boats was stolen on the night of February 13, 1779, and on the following morning, going ashore with a lieutenant and nine men, with the intention of seizing the native chief as a hostage for its return, he became involved in a quarrel and was killed with four of his men. Continue reading