Hawaiians at Harvard, 1908 / 2014.

A Letter From Lands Afar

Cambridge, Mass.,
Nov. 4, 1908.

My beloved father;

For a long time now I have not received a letter from you, and I assume you are in the midst of political battles. I am very interested in the results of the election over there, and I hope very much that you were elected. Please, papa, tell me what became of the elections there. There was not much of great import in the elections here being that it was known in advance that Taft would come out as the new President of America. Taft was elected victoriously, and he was far ahead of his fellow candidates, and maybe you all have heard before the arrival of this letter of mine.

The parade of the Republicans on this past Friday before election day was one of the grandest seen here in the town of Boston. Thousands of students from the colleges joined in this parade, and students from our school, Harvard were out first leading the parade, and I was one among the students marching in this parade beyond compare. We were dressed in crimson caps of the college of Harvard with the school uniform, and each student held a candle in his hand, and the old town of Boston glowed red in its light. The candle-light parade was 11 miles long. We marched on the streets of town, and when we arrived before the Governor, we removed our crimson caps and gave our greetings to the Governor. This was a great parade indeed, and everything went well. It was a Republican Governor that was elected yesterday. Continue reading

Words for/from the youth of today, 2014.

Silent Constituencies and Building a Voice

I am a millennial and this year I am registering to vote.

The August primary will be my first opportunity to cast a ballot for publicly elected officials since I voted for Al Gore in a 1st grade presidential practice election.

I am genuinely eager to have my voice heard in the political sphere for the first time, even if it is in the form of one small piece of paper.

What makes me excited is that I’ve heard that those small pieces of paper can add up.

I am also a Hawaiian who is registering to vote…

[This obviously does not come from the the historic Hawaiian newspapers, but this same issue was written about time and time again in its pages, and it is interesting that we see this call for action being renewed today. For the entire article by Wyatt Bartlett of the island of Kama appearing on Civil Beat, see: Silent Constituencies and Building a Voice.]

Waiahole Elementary School, 130 years old! 1883 / 2013.

[Found under: “LOCAL NEWS.”]

Then English-language school at Waiahole, Oahu will be opening on Monday, the 17th of this month, under the leadership of their new teacher, Mr. G. Carson Kenyon, the previous editor of the newspaper, Daily Bulletin, of this town. He will meet with Manuela, the agent of the school, along with the parents of the students, at the schoolhouse at Waiahole, on Wednesday, the 19th, at 10 o’clock in the morning. We pray that Mr. Kenyon will be accompanied by only great blessings in this new position he is filling.

[Mahalo to Civil Beat for pointing us in the direction of this announcement for the opening of Waiahole Elementary School, which celebrates it 130th birthday this month! The school is having a birthday party this Saturday! Hauoli La Hanau!!]

(Kuokoa, 9/8/1913, p. 3)

E weheia ana ke kula...

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXII, Helu 36, Aoao 3. Sepatemaba 8, 1883.