First Jewish Wedding in Hawaii, 1879.

Marriage Ceremony.—On Tuesday evening the 22d inst., at the residence of the bride’s uncle, M. Louisson, Esq., of Honolulu, Mr. J. Hyman of thi mercantile firm of Hyman Brothers, of this city, was married to Miss B. Frankel, niece of Mr. and Mrs. M. Louisson, in the presence of a very large company of invited guests, composing the elite of Honolulu. Everything that tae te could suggest or money procure, was furnished for the pleasure of the company. Mr. Louisson’s spacious and elegant mansion was arranged with consummate taste and liberality, and everything connected with it gotten up in the best of style. Outside the main building was erected a booth, draped with evergreens, tropical flowers, and the national flags of the United States, Hawaii and the German Empire, which gave a charming effect to the scene. The verandas and booth were brilliantly illuminated with Chinese lanterns and tastefully decorated, giving it the finest effect. In the booth was spread for the accommodation of the guests, who numbered about 200, a most sumptuous repast, gotten up under the superintendence of Mr. Herbert of the Hawaiian Hotel. At precisely 8 o’clock, the hour fixed, the bride and bridegroom filed into the parlor, where the guests were assembled, and Mr. Peck, a Hebrew and friend of the parties, who was deputized by the Jewish Rabbi at San Francisco, to perform the marriage ceremony according to the Hebrew formula which he did in the Hebrew tongue by reading from a book. The ceremony was short and solemnly performed by Mr. Peck, who concluded by pronouncing them man and wife, according to the Jewish as well as Hawaiian law. After Mr. Peck had concluded, the Rev. Dr. Damon stepped forward and presented the bride with the marriage certificate, prefacing the fact with a few appropri- and very happy remarks. Continue reading

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G. W. E. Kupele responds to Kanepuu’s question on the Kanepuaa plant, 1857.

Pertaining to the Kanepuaa Plant

O Hae Hawaii

Aloha oe:—I saw in the Hae Hawaii, Issue 19, the thought of J. H. Kanepuu. Asking the oldsters who know of the plant of Kanepuaa. The thing that will increase food and fish according to him, if the plant of Kanepuaa is gotten.

Here below is the response. The other day, I asked some oldsters with knowledge of the plant of Kanepuaa. They answered, it is not an actual plant like the plants of the medical kahuna [kahuna lapaau]. But it is a kind of worship by the name of Kanepuaa. Continue reading

Turn your hands down, 1925.

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Good works for the Kingdom of God, strive to enter into those works; for they will help you with your life. Here are the church steeples pointing upward towards the good hope of rebirth, and it would not be detrimental to you O Dear reader to join in works of the Kingdom of God here on earth.

Good works that will benefit you on earth, are those activities that will be good for you and your loved ones upon the earth; do not be ashamed to put your hands down into the earth to grow good things from Mother earth that will bless your life upon the earth. Continue reading

The new Makua Church, 1921.

THIS IS THE PICTURE OF THE NEW CHURCH OF MAKUA, WAIANAE, BEING BUILT.

THE NEW CHURCH OF MAKUA BEING BUILT

Mr. Solomon Hanohano, Editor of the Kuokoa. Aloha:—Please allow me some open space in your newspaper, the Kuokoa, to insert this little clarification pertaining to the Makua Church. Along with this letter is a picture of the new church being built these days that I want you to also place in the paper with this announcement.

The main reason for this announcement is this: In the month of August, we made a number of monetary requests, and the members, friends and intimates joined and gave their assistance to Makua for this great endeavor, with the approval of the secretary of the Hawaiian Board. Continue reading

On sacred stones, 1921.

THE STONE FISH GODDESS “MALEI” TO BE RETURNED TO MAKAPUU

Hawaiians have not forgotten the story about the stone goddess called “Malei,” a stone deity cared for and worshiped by the Hawaiian fishermen in the olden days; the great fish that the stone deity always brought to shore was the uhu, as is seen in the story of Hiiaka:

“Aia la o ka uku kai o Makapuu,
He i’a ia na Malei na ka wahine e noho ana i ka ulu a ka makani,
I Koolau ke ola i ka huaka’i malihini,
Kanaenae a Hiiaka i ka poli o Pele,
E Malei e, i halekipa ke aloha, e uwe mai!’

[There are the uhu of Makapuu which swim in procession,
Fish of Malei that dwells in the rising winds,
In Koolau lies the sustenance for the unfamiliar travellers,
Hiiakaikapoliopele prays,
O Malei, welcome us in love; let us weep!]

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Mrs. Ellen Lake Kahalekai passes, 1916.

A REMEMBRANCE OF MRS. KAHALEKAI.

Mr. Editor of the Kuokoa Newspaper, Aloha oe:—Please insert in an empty space of your newspaper for my dearly beloved wife who left in the night, that being Mrs. Ellen Lake Kahalekai, on the 30th of October, 1916.

She was born at Kipahulu, Maui on the 6th of July, 1881, and her parents were William Lake and Hana Kunukau Lake; and she was cared for in Waihee until she was grown, until she went to school in Waihee.

We attended the same school for many years, and she was educated for a short time at the old Maunaolu School.

She was one of the beautiful rose buds that blossomed there. We were married by Rev. Kapu at Waihee on the 14th of March, 1899, and we lived in Spreckelsville for three years, and we had one of our daughters on the 10th of March, 1900. Continue reading