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

Huewai a Kaula

Did you see today’s Bishop Museum’s “Mele Monday” post on string figures?

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Also, click the link below for a related past post on hei. I wonder what the two pictures look like in the original newspapers. I am guessing that they are much clearer.

https://nupepa-hawaii.com/2013/03/27/hei-cats-cradle-hawaiian-style-1916/

Mary Kawena Pukui, 1983.

KAWENA

Guardian of the Hawaiian Language

By Helen Altonn, Star-Bulletin Writer

SAMUEL H. Elbert vividly recalls the first time he met Mary Kawena Pukui. “She had a flower in her hair and she just captivated me.”

That was in 1937, on the top floor of the Bishop Museum. Pukui, affectionately called Kawena, had just joined the staff as a translator. She was working with E. S. C. Handy, an ethnologist, on a book entitled “Polynesian Family System at Kaʻu,” the Big Island home of her Hawaiian mother’s family. Continue reading

Birthday of Lahilahi Webb celebrated, 1948.

HONORED ON BIRTHDAY—Mrs. Elizabeth Lahilahi Napua-I-kaumakani Webb, authority on Hawaiiana and who was associated with the Bishop Museum for more than 20 years, was honored by the Kaahumanu Society, on the occasion of her 86th birthday, at a luncheon Monday at the Waikiki home of Mrs. Clement K. Parker Sr. Now living at the Lunalilo Home, Mrs. Webb is pictured here admiring some of the many gifts she received. (Advertiser photo by K. Shimogaki.)

(Advertiser, 4/13/1948, p. 9)

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Honolulu Advertiser, 91st Year, Number 21,613, Page 9. April 13, 1948.

More on the winning 8th grade class, 1921.

8TH GRADE BOYS WIN IN KAM SONG CONTEST

The eighth grade of the Kamehameha School for Boys was awarded the silver loving cup, the George Alanson Andrus trophy, in the annual interclass singing contest held at the Bishop museum last night. There are about 25 boys in the class. Continue reading