Who Brought the First Horses to the Islands?—In a valuable document presented by Stephen Reynolds, Esq., to the R. H. A. Society at its first meeting in 1850, the following passage occurs:—Horses.—I have not been able to find the name of him who introduced the first. It appears two were brought and presented to Kamehameha; the natives say Mr. Manine was in the vessel. Several were brought before 1823. From 1824 to 1838 many cargoes were brought from California. The horses born and reared on the islands are superior in all respects to those imported from California,—better limbs, better spirits, and tougher animals.” Continue reading
Pertaining to the Sloth [Hiamoe].
This strange animal is born and lives and dies amongst the branches of the trees. They are rare, and live in seclusion in the trees of the deep forests of South America. That is where it lives. Its front legs are long, somewhat like those of the arms of man, it does not reach a foot, its claws are long like fingers. Its hind legs are short. Therefore it cannot walk on land, it can only move by crawling. From that comes its name, the Sloth. Continue reading
[Found under “Aloha Pumehana”]
REV. WILLIAM KAMAU
He is the oldest amongst the ministers of Hawaii’s Churches.
The Haili Church gives its warm aloha to you, oh good father, and so too with Ka Hoku o Hawaii.
[Rev. William Kamau was one of the contributors to Bishop Museum’s Roberts Collection of mele. See this week’s He Aupuni Palapala blog for more information on a new exhibit about the collection and an better image of William Kamau!]
(Hoku o Hawaii, 6/19/1940, p. 1)
Did you see yesterday’s Nuhou Monday post from Bishop Museum on praise for Prince Kuhio through mele? Check it out by clicking here!
Paper Star Lei.—We have seen men, women, and children greatly engrossed in decorating their hats with this kind of lei. These are the names we have heard, “the hooulu lahui lei of Kalakaua,” “the Astronomer lei,” and “paper star lei.” [The rest of this article is difficult to read because it seems a piece of tape covers over some of it.]
Old residents may recall the white paper star lei that was in vogue here in the ’70s, commemorating the Transit of Venus of 1874. They were appropriately called Hoku (star), and were made of stiff, white paper, forming many points, to convey the idea of scintillation. They were fashionable for some time, for hair or hat decoration, and were known to foreigners as Venus leis. [Excerpt from “Lei Still Play Important Part in Life of Hawaii as They Have from Antiquity” by Albert Pierce Taylor.]
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From the Hawaiian Band.
Spokane, Wash., June 20, 1906.
E. L. LIKE,
Much aloha to you:—
I have safely received the newspaper Ke Aloha Aina, therefore I give my great thanks to you and your fellow workers.
Here we are speeding about here and there. There is much praise for the band and the Hawaiian singing and the hula; Professor Solomon Hiram’s deft playing of the banjo strings is superb, making the American women move indeed. Continue reading
D. O. Mookini to Mary Hiram, Mar. 15.
Mahi Kekahaloa to Flora Waipa, Mar. 16.
Joseph Amana to Elizabeth Naeole, Mar. 17.
M. J. Rodrigues to Hattie Pupuhi, Mar. 17.
Fred K. Lee to Maria K. Kamai, Mar. 17.
J. R. Crawford to Abigail E. Voeler, Mar. 20.
Zerubabela Kapule to Kane Hanawahine, Mar. 21.
J. S. Chong to Annie Rose Kua, Mar. 24.
Homer J. Keller to Elizabeth Kaulia, Mar. 26. Continue reading
Did you see the Nūhou Monday post from Bishop Museum? Here is a obituary for Zerubabela Kapule who was also known as Zakaria [Zachariah].
Zerubabela Kapule, retired and pensioned member of the Hawaiian band, died last Thursday evening at his home, Continue reading