Kiliwehi asks for divorce from William Hoapili Kaauwai, 1872.

NA OLELO HOOLAHA.

BEFORE THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE Second Judicial Circuit of the Hawaiian Islands. Maui, S. S. Adjoined June Term A. D. 1872. Thursday the twelfth day  of September, A. D. 1872. MARY ANN KILIWEHI KAAUWAI, Libellant for Divorce, vs. WILLIAM HOAPILI KAAUWAI. Continue reading

Sex?

keka, seka. n. Sex, gender. Eng.

(Hawaiian Dictionary, Pukui and Elbert)

[Has anyone seen this term in use in traditional writing, whether it be seka or keka?]

 

Flora Hayes at the Bishop Museum, 1965.

Flora Hayes is translating letters of Isle kings, queens and princes

By DENBY FAWCETT

Flora Kaai Hayes, who couldn’t pass her academic course at Kamehameha School for Girls in 1913, has become one of the Bishop Museum’s most avid scholars of Hawaiiana.

Mrs. Hayes, a former seven-term member of the Territorial House of Representatives, is translating from Hawaiian the letters of King Kalakaua, Queen Kapiolani and Prince Kuhio.

“I was so mischievous that the officials at Kamehameha wouldn’t pass me fromthe academic department,” she said.

Sneaking off the campus to buy see-moi, cakes, candy and pie for her dormitory pals, who claimed they were starving from the institutional food, was one of her special pranks. Continue reading

What they were reading 100 years ago.

A STORY
OF

MERAPI

THE ONE THAT WAS CALLED THE MOON OF ISRAEL

AND

THE PERSECUTION OF THE HEBREWS IN EGYPT

In times long ago, that being the period when the people of Israel were being persecuted in the land of Egypt, there appeared from the tribe of Levi, a beautiful girl of no compare, whose back was straight as a cliff and face as clear as the moon, according to the old saying, who was called Merapi, the daughter of Nathan of the tribe of Levi, and because of her feminine beauty,  and because she had a fair complexion, she was called by her people, “The Moon of Israel.” Continue reading

Letter from the Meiji Emperor to King Lunalilo, 1873.

[Found under: “Na Palapala hoalohaloha a na ‘Lii o Europa i ko kakou Moi.”]

Mutsuhito, by the Grace of Heaven, the Emperor of Japan, placed upon the Imperial Throne occupied by the Dynasty unchanged from the time immemorial, to His Majesty the King of the Hawaiian Islands: Continue reading