Things that make you go, “Hmmmm.” 1883.


Messrs J. U. and B. Kawainui, publishers of the Hawaii Pae Aina, were brought before Judge Bickerton on the 22d inst., on a charge of libel prefered by the Deputy Sheriff of Wailuku. At the hearing, Mr. Dole, counsel for the defendants moved to dismiss, on the ground that no libellous matter was contained in the article in question. Mr. Russell for the prosecution argued that the case was a fit one for jury, and that the words were of a character to warrant His Honor in committing the accused for trial. Judge Bickerton after hearing a translation of the article, and from his own knowledge of Hawaiian, judged the question fit for a jury to pass upon, and overruling Mr. Dole’s motion, committed the accused for trial at the next term of the Supreme Court. Bail $100.

(Hawaiian Gazette, 4/25/1883, p. 3)


Hawaiian Gazette, Volume XVIII, Number 17, Page 3. April 25, 1883.

Makawao Union Church comes to an end, 1916.

Memories Awakened By Passing Of Old Church

June 25th was a memorable day at the Makawao Union Church of Paia because it was the last Sunday during which religious services were to be held previous to the dismantling of the building.

The exercises were especially marked by a beautiful solo by Mrs. Jones, and an interesting sermon of a semi-historical nature, entitled—”The Passing of the Old Church”, by Rev. A. C. Bowdish.

The first building of the church was a small wooden structure at Makawao on the site now occupied by the cemetery. The change of location was made to the present situation for two reasons, first because of the shifting of the center of the district’s population and second because of the present position marks the place where the late Mr. H. P. Baldwin nearly lost his life. Continue reading

Adam Pali dies, 1903.


After a long illness Rev. Adam Pali departed this life on Friday, Oct. 9, about 8 o’clock A. M. He was born in Waimea, Hawaii, 66 years ago. He studied at the Rev. Mr. Lyons’ School in Kohala, graduating in 1862. He was married in 1863, was licensed to preach in the same year, and the first field of his pastoral labors was a Waioli, Kauai. He remained in charge of the Waioli church for 9 years. In 1875 Pastor Pali came to Lahaina and was installed at the Wainee Church. Although greatly enfeebled by asthma he continued to preach, with some assistance from Rev. E. S. Timoteo, until he was relieved from duty by Rev. S. Kapu, the present pastor of Wainee Church.

Father Pali’s funeral took place at the church last Saturday morning at 10 o’clock. the minister who took part in the service were Rev. S. Kapu of Lahaina, Rev. Martin Lutero of Lahaina, and Rev. Nawahine of Waihee.

The decease of Mrs. Pali took palce on March 28, of the present year. To Rev. and Mrs. Pali, eleven children have been born, five of whom are now living, Hon. Pilip Pali, three married daughters, and one unmarried daughter. It is an interesting circumstance that the lamented pastor and his son havve both served in the Hawaiian Legislature. Rev. Adam Pali’s term of office was while the Provisional Government was in power.

(Maui News, 10/17/1903, p. 3)


Maui News, Volume VIII, Number 8, Page 3. October 17, 1903.

Pāʻū riding a hundred ten years ago and more, 1906.


The Riders Expect to Have a Very Big Turnout.

The Association of Pa-u Riders, otherwise known as the Hui Holopa-u Maile Alii, is making great preparations for its parade of Pa-u riders on Monday, June 11. This society formed by Mrs. Kaimana [Kainana] Puahi and others interested in the preservation of the old Hawaiian manner of horseback riding with the picturesque pa-u immediately following the floral parade of Washington’s birthday, of which parade the pa-u riders formed one of the most attractive features. The ladies have since devoted much time to practice, and to the making of appropriate dresses, and have been helped by the members of the Promotion Committee, by Manager Charles Crane of the Hawaiian Gazette Co. and by many others, to all of whom the members of the Hui Holopa-u Maile Alii wish to return their most sincere thanks.


The program for the day is most complete. At 6:30 in the morning, the members of the hui will meet at the Waikiki residence of Mrs. Puahi, at which time all will don the pa-u. At eight o’clock the line will begin to form, Sheriff A. M. Brown being the marshal of the parade. At 8:30 the procession will move to the Kapahulu road, thence to Beretania street, thence to Washington place. Continue reading

Pāʻū riding for Kamehameha Day a hundred and ten years ago! 1906.


Picturesque Cavalcade Revives Old-Time Custom.

The Hui Holopa-u Maile Alii have every reason to be satisfied with their first parade as a society, which occurred yesterday in celebration of Kamehameha Day.

The custom of pa-u riding is an old and kingly one and it was eminently fitting that the initial gathering of the club should take place on the anniversary of the birth of Hawaii’s greatest king.

About 30 riders gathered at the residence of Mrs. Kainana Puahi at Waikiki early yesterday morning. The costumes, which were uniform, consisted of yellow skirts, white waists, and straw hats encircled with ilima leis. Each rider wore a black ribbon as a sash, bearing the word “Kaonohiokala,” done in gold. The word means “the eye of the sun.” Continue reading

Fun Star-Bulletin feature on paperboys, 1916.



Son of Mr. and Mrs. Saruhashi of Kalihi-uka. Shigetaro is 16 years old and a Hawaiian-born Japanese. He attends the Royal school and is in the 8th grade. “Chicken,” as he is familiarly known by his customers and fellow newsboys, is a good hustler, disposing of 125 Star-Bulletins each afternoon. He covers the corner of Hotel and Fort streets and along Hotel to River. He has been selling papers about five years and has built up quite a profitable business by his energetic work. He belongs to the Boy Scouts and is “right there” when duty calls.

(Star-Bulletin, 6/19/1916, p. 14)


Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Volume XXIII, Number 7456, Page 14. June 19, 1916.

Kamehameha School graduation a hundred years ago, 1916.


Three Departments of Kamehameha Join in Commencement Tomorrow Eve.

Joint commencement exercises will be held on the Bishop Memorial chapel lawn at 8 o’clock tomorrow evening by the Kamehameha Manual school, Kamehameha Girls’ school and the Kamehameha Preparatory school.

Song, “Hawaiian Hymn,” choir.
Invocation, Rev. J. L. Hopwood.
Response, “O Savior of the World,” Girls’ Glee Club.
Song, “Kaahumanu,” Boys’ Glee Club.
Address, “The Power That Makes for Living,” Rev. George Laughton.
Presentation of candidates for and awarding of diplomas and certificates.
Hawaii Ponoi.

Following is a list of the candidates and their courses:

English—Sarah Ahin, Ah Moe Akana, Annie Akiu, Tillie Brandt, Elizabeth Ellis, Elizabeth Kamanoulu, Mary Kanewanui, Emily Keapo, Edith Koki, Tillie Peller, Eva Saffery, Phoebe Wilcox.

Dressmaking—Rosalind Mokumaia.

Electrical Work—John Ah Chong, William Akana, Hiram Anahu, Charles Kamakawiwoole.

 Machine Shop—Edward Akiu, Alfred Amasiu, Clarence Blake, Arthur Irvine, Charles Mock Sing.

Painting—John Gibson.

Carpentry—Obed Kaikaka, Joseph Wright, Ioane Kanakaole, Samuel Keliinoi, William Keliinoi.

Candidates for special certificates:

Machine Shop—Godfrey Bertelmann.

Electrical Work—Harry Bertelmann, Abraham Kaapana.

Forging—Louis Kamaha.

Candidates for promotion from the boys’ preparatory school:

William Coelho, Charles Dudoit, Harry Kaahea, Daniel Kanuha, Edward Like, Edward Worthington.

[Congratulations to the class of 2016! Make Pauahi proud!!]

(Star-Bulletin, 6/8/1916, p. 8)


Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Volume XXIII, Number 7537, Page 8. June 8, 1916.