Mr. Akioka, a Chinese taro farmer/poi maker, dies, 1922.



Mr. Editor of the Kuokoa Newspaper, Aloha kaua:—Please kindly allow me an open space of your newspaper, for our loved one, our father has left us, his children and his wife; he has peacefully left for that realm we must all go to.

He had a swelling sickness, and the doctor was fetched, but he did not get any relief and died.

Our father was born in the “land of flowers,” China, on the 30th of November, 1851, and he left us on the 18th of May, 1922; he was over 71 years old. Continue reading

Sun Yat Sen arrives, 1903.

Doctor Sun Yet Sen [Sun Yat Sen].

With the arrival of the steamship Siberia this past Monday from the ports of the East, Doctor Sun Yat Sen arrived in Honolulu, the Chinese man who is shaking the hereditary throne of the Empress Dowager of China, and the one who is feared by those  loyal to the throne all over China [aina pua].

He came quietly; it was not known that he was coming, and here he is staying with a friend. He came from Yokohama, Japan, where he was living for a long time to plan an uprising in China.

He is a young man educated in Hawaii nei at the College of Iolani, and he is a cousin of S. Ahmi, that wealthy Chinese man of Maui. He will perhaps be here for three months in Hawaii, and he will maybe spend some time with his cousin in Maui.

Sun Yat Sen is a young Chinese educated in Hawaii, and from here, he moved to England to study medicine. He travelled around the world, and after seeing the different governments of the world, he realized that here are the Chinese at the rear of progress in this age of enlightenment.

Because of this, within him grew the thought to return to China to start to educate the Chinese in things of progress, however, the government resisted. Therefore, there grew a struggle between the government and the people who want the nation of China to move forward and be equal to the other countries of the world; and this resulted in the start of a revolution.

In the month of September 1900, Sun Yat Sen took the leadership of young Chinese in starting a revolutionary war against the government. The Manchu [Manaku] of China. When he began the uprising, it was found that he only had 600 soldiers under his leadership for this revolution against the government with a population of four hundred million people

He decided to create a Republic in China, and this was his first act. 4,000 soldiers were sent to fight against him, and in the beginning, he was winning. However, because the inciting of uprisings in other places in China did not go well, the government soldiers were not dispersed, and so they came down in force upon Doctor Sun. He was crushed and some of his fellow leaders were captured and beheaded.

He fled from China after being routed, however, this did not end his efforts to incite a revolution to crush the government which holds the Chinese people in stupidity.

This name of Sun Yat Sen is feared by the royalty of China, and therefore, they proclaimed that a great sum of money will be given to the person who brings the head of that person who they fear before the throne of the Empress Dowager of China.

He is putting effort into raising substantial funds to start a new revolution in China.

These days, Sun Yat Sen is famous all over the world, and he is called the “Morning Star of the Progressive Era of China.”

(Kuokoa, 10/16/1903, p. 8)

Kauka Sun Yet Sen.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLI, Helu 42, Aoao 8. Okatoba 16, 1903.


The sound of the firecrackers of the Chinese was deafening. and Ulakoheo was festive with the din of the sound of the corrugated iron [? pa piula] of their Band. When you look, their ears are enjoying the joyous strains of the instruments that sound like the squeal of the block of the ship Kilauea, when it encounters sudden gusts of winds outside of Mahukona and those places. The Chinese New Year [konohi] yesterday was a day of much fun for them, and they are wishing a happy new year these days.

(Lahui Hawaii, 1/27/1876, p. 3)

Wawalo paiakuli ka leo...

Ka Lahui Hawaii, Buke II, Helu 5, Aoao 3. Ianuari 27, 1876.

Chinese New Year. Sunday, February 18, 1912.


The people of China were finely adorned as they celebrated their New Year; the Chinese were seen from Friday, going to the shops of their own countrymen to purchase new year’s items, from the day until evening, and purchasing all sorts of flowers, like crown flower, koniako [?]³, chrysanthemum, and some other blossoms to decorated their tables.

When the hands of the clock reached the point where the year staggered away and the New Year was born, the popping sounds of the firecrackers reverberated along with their huge pu ie [some kind of shooting firework?]⁴ on Nuuanu Avenue between the streets of King and Hotel. Amidst that popping along with the deafening huge pu ie that were lined up straight in a row; as the Chinese of the shops in the area were lighting those huge pu ie, one of the pu ie went off and flew straight through the entrance of the hat shop of Uyeda on the Ewa side, and broke the glass without this misfortune being noticed while the activities were going on, and it was with the coming of day that this damage was discovered by someone, and seen also was the ie of that pu ie lying on the floor. The one good thing was that the ie that went inside was not on fire, if not there would have been a “side dish” to the new year of the Chinese, a house fire.

¹”Konohi” is the Hawaiian word for Chinese New Year, coming from “kong-hee” [恭喜]…
²Aina Pua [Land of Flowers] is a poetic name for China.
³I don’t know what kind of flower a “koniako” is.
⁴I have yet to find out exactly what type of firework a “pu ie” is.

(Kuokoa Home Rula, 1/23/1912, p. 1)


Kuokoa Home Rula, Buke X, Helu 8, Aoao 1. Feberuari 23, 1912.