More mele found in unexpected places, 1882.


Eia au la e ke hoa,
O Rain Kipuupuu,
Me oe a ike iho,
Na hana a ka ua noe. Continue reading


Lindsay/Lindsey genealogy found in a death announcement, 1912.


O Kuokoa Newspaper, Aloha oe:—Please include this parcel of sadness and grief in an empty space of your columns so that my multitudes will know my dear husband has passed, Mr. Thomas Weston Lindsay. Aloha no!

To all my dear family, friends, and intimates, residing from Hawaii to Niihau, from this column you will learn that my beloved kane, Mr. Thomas Weston Lindsay has gone, he left me and all of my family grieving for him with pain, and my heart filled with love for him. Continue reading

A set of mele including “E aha ia ana o Maunakea,” composed by Lioe Kaanaana of Waimea for Ane Bell, 1894.

[The title is illegible in the digital copy. Hopefully all of the newspapers can get clearly scanned one day before it is too late.]*


Hanohano Mana i ka uhiwai
Haaheo i ka liko o ka mamane
O ka noe a ka ua kikoni ili
Me he la o kuu aloha kekahi
Akahi ka manao a hoonioni
E uila ke aloha pili me au
Heaha nei hana a ka nui manu
Hauwalaau nei puni Waimea
Aohe hana a ka wai koiawe
Lana malie i ka poli o Malio
Ua like a like me ke Aniani
Ka alohi i ke alo a o Maukele
Haina ia mai ana ka puana
O Ane ka wahine no e ka lei.


E aha ia ana o Maunakea
Kuahiwi alo pu me ke kehau Continue reading

Words of advice from Kamehameha I, 1891.


O Friends, Companions, those who go hand in hand with the Leo, who walk together on the sands of Kakuhihewa moistened by the Kukalahale rains, living from Maunalua to Moanalua. Greetings to you all.

Remember the title above, “I nui ke aho.” This is one of the touching statements said by our Land Conqueror [Na’i Aina], when one of his warriors was pierced by a barbed spear; when he saw this predicament, he grabbed and pulled the spear, and that is when the warrior cried out in pain. But that conqueror of aina responded quickly while shedding tears, “My son, be patient.” Continue reading

First birthday of Carrie Akau celebrated and other wild news from Kawaihae Kai, 1916.


Ka Hoku o Hawaii,

Aloha oe.

At 12 o’clock on the 12th of this month, August, W. P. Akau, policeman of Kawaihae, and his wife commemorated the first birthday of their baby. The name of the child is Carrie Akau. Your writer and his family were invited along with all those of Kawaihae to go to this celebratory banquet for the birthday of this child prepared by her parents, and before ten kupuna of each, your writer was asked by Mrs. W. P. Akau to give words of prayer to the Heavenly Father, before the eating, and this invitation was complied to by your writer to appeal to the Heavenly Father to lengthen the life of this child whose the day was for, and that she dwell in peace and protection from above, by his incomparable grace.


On the 14th of August, some women of the Kololio Wind of Puako took to fisticuffs. The reason was that Mrs. A. K. took kiawe that belonged to Mrs. K. A., which resulted in that woman becoming angry that the result of her labor was being taken, and Mrs. K. A. forbade Mrs. A. K., saying, “Don’t you take that bag of kiawe, that is my bag of kiawe.” Continue reading

Keep politics off of the pulpit, 1894.


When the steamer Iwalani arrived on the morning of this past Friday, news of the Paupili rain of Lele [Lahaina] was heard, saying that the doors of Wainee Church were shut by the brethren. The story we heard was this below.

One day on the previous week, in the sermon of the kahu of that Church, A. Pali, he spoke about God, and at the very end of his talk, he revealed this:

“I am a true American, inside and out, from top to bottom;” and other inappropriate words; and the congregation began to fidget, and at the close of his prayer, the brethren told him, you are not good, O Pali, and we tell you that you will not pray in this Church from now forward.” Continue reading