Lei Day, 1928.

For more stories on the first Lei Day, check out:
https://nupepa-hawaii.com/?s=%22lei+day%22+1928&submit=Search

…And this post from Bishop Museum, with the first Lei Day program!:
https://www.facebook.com/57683067109/posts/10158919517987110/

…And one more from Kamehameha Schools’ Hoʻokahua Cultural Vibrancy Group!
https://www.ksbe.edu/article/the-history-of-may-day-and-lei-day-in-hawaii/

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Ready For Lei Day

MARGARET DE LA CRUZ, whose cheerful smile is familiar to all who visit the docs on streamer days, is representative of the typical Hawaii lei woman.

(Advertiser, 5/1/1928, p. 1)

Advertiser_5_1_1928_1 Honolulu Advertiser, 70th Year, Number 14,793, Page 1. May 1, 1928.

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A kingdom of literacy, 1869.

Hear this.

May our newspaper readers of this past year see this; while we are busy fulfilling your subscriptions for the time, if you do not receive this year’s newspapers in some of your districts, do not be puzzled, but think first about not paying for the year being the reason newspapers have not been sent, however if you are prepared to pay your debts of the past and for this current year, then newspapers will be handed over with no delay as you per your wishes. Continue reading

O Ku! O Ka! O Ku! O Ka!

Patience Bacon standing in front of Hawaiian Hall at the 7th Annual Bernice Pauahi Bishop Awards Dinner, where she was presented with the Robert J. Pfeiffer Medal. July 23, 2005. Bishop Museum Archives. SP 215864.
He Hoʻālohaloha no Patience Elmay Namakauahoaokawenaulaokalaniikiikikalaninui Wiggin Bacon.

An expression of aloha for our dear Aunty Pat who left on the path of no return on January 23, 2021, at the age of 100. Within her lived the legacies of those committed to preserving the invaluable knowledge of the past. Her own dedication to this noble calling came with a life devoted to the perpetuation of Hawaiian language, hula, mele, and cultural knowledge…

[Continuation of the words of aloha for Aunty Pat put forth by Bishop Museum today can be found by clicking here.]

I wonder what the other 88 photos were like, 1953.

HAWAIIANS ACT LIKE JAPANESE—Second graders of the Kamehameha Preparatory School donned Japanese costumes to enact this story of Japanese life. The photograph is one of the 90 in the exhibit Kamehameha Folio opening today at Bishop Museum in commemoration of the birthdate of Bernice Pauahi Bishop.—Kam School Photo.

KAMEHAMEHA FOLIO—The beaut of the Hawaiian kahili is reflected on the face of Nani Kapu, Kamehameha School student, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Kapu. Nani’s photograph will be one of the 90 showing the activities of Kamehameha School students in the exhibit, Kamehameha Folio, opening today at Bishop Museum.—Luryier Diamond Photo.

Kam Schools Open Pauahi Birthday Museum Exhibit

Pauahi, daughter of the High Chiefs Konia and Paki, was born December 19, 1831, a date commemorated each year by the students of the Kamehameha Schools. Continue reading

Please take the time to answer a short survey from the Bishop Museum Library & Archives, 2020.

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It has been a year and a half since we shared a survey from the Bishop Museum Library & Archives. I think they would again appreciate it if you could help them by:

(1) Taking the survey.

(2) Sharing the survey with as many  people as you can.

We hope you’ve been enjoying our #MeleMonday series highlighting content found in the Roberts Mele Collection. As we near the end of the Welo Hou project, we humbly ask for your feedback via this short survey. Your participation is much appreciated and will help us assess how we can better serve our community moving forward.

Welo Hou Survey! 2020.

Did you see the call for responses for survey from the Welo Hou project (Mele Mondays) from Bishop Museum? The photo below is of Kamehaitu Helela of Hanapepe. She was just one of the many people who shared their knowledge of mele with Helen H. Roberts, who went around the islands in 1923–24 collecting and recording mele.

Click anywhere on this page to be taken to the survey! And please pass it around to people you know as well. I am sure they would appreciate it!

Kalaniopuu’s ahuula and mahiole, the latests, 2020.

Feather Cloak and Helmet Gifted to Captain Cook to Return Permanently to Hawaiʻi

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi—An ʻahu ʻula (feather cloak) and mahiole (feather helmet) gifted to Captain Cook in 1779 are being permanently returned to Hawaiʻi by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

These cherished items were gifts from Hawaiian Chief Kalaniʻōpuʻu to Captain James Cook and have been in Te Papa’s collection since being gifted to the museum in 1912.

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Samuel Kamakea Kamakaia’s medal from King Kalakaua to go to Bishop Museum? 1919.

Medal Kalakaua I Gave Sam Kamakaia Passed to Bandsman

A silver medal awarded by King Kalakaua to Sam Kamakaia, who died Monday morning at the Queen’s Hospital, who was formerly a member of the Hawaiian Band, is now in the possession on Malulani Beckley Kahea, also a bandsman, to be retained by him until it may be necessary to transfer it to another bandsman, but according to the dying wish of Kamakaia it is eventually to go to the Bishop Museum. Continue reading

Wahinekeouli Pa’s mele for the Kilauea Lighthouse, 2020.

Did you see yesterday’s Mele Monday post from Bishop Museum? It was a mele we previously posted a while back. Click here to see the mele (with a little variation) and translation by Mary Kawena Pukui.

Another mele for Kilauea Lighthouse, 1919.

HE MELE NO KA HALE KUKUI O KILAUEA.

HALE IPUKUKUI O KILAUEA, KAUAI.

Nani wale ka uwila i Kilauea,
E anapa mai la i ka paia lani;
Hoike mai ana i kona nani,
He malamalama oi kelakela;
Helu ekahi a o Hawaii nei.
Ma ka lihi kai o ka Pakipika;
Ua ana pono ia kona enekini,
No kanaha mile kona mamao;
Kaomi lima ia iho ke pihi,
E niniu ia no umi kekona;
Hihiu na hana a ka Puakea,
He oi pakela a ke akamai;
I hana noeau ia e Palani,
Me na waihooluu like ole;
He kinohinohi ke ike aku,
Ka anapa a ka onohi kaimana,
Ua hanaia a ku i ka nani,
Molina wai gula anapanapa;
Ka papa dala ke kahua ia,
Ka hulali a ka wai hoohinuhinu;
Ua kohu lihilihi anuenue,
Ka alohi, ka anapa ke ike aku,
Haina ia mai ana ka puana,
Hale kukui nani a o Hawaii nei.

Hakuia e MRS. W. PA.

Hanalei, Kauai.

(Kuokoa, 5/2/1919, p. 3)

HE MELE NO KA HALE KUKUI O KILAUEA.

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Death of John P. Hale, 1935.

FORMER JAILER AND KAMAAINA DIES, AGED 77

J. P. Hale Succumbs to Long Illness, Funeral Held Here Today

J. P. Hale, 77, a well-known kamaaina of Hilo who served as jailer at the Hilo county jail during Sheriff Sam Pua’s administration died at his home at 224 Lanikaula St. at 2:30 a. m. today. Death came as a result of a long illness which caused the deceased to be confined in his bed for  many months. Continue reading