John Polapola, proud eater of stones! 1893.

I SHALL EAT STONES.

This past Wednesday, John Polapola was dragged along by a traitor to his motherland. This is what he said to Jno. Polapola, as he held on tightly to his hand.

Let’s go.

Where are we going? said John [Keoni].

The traitor responded: To the Annexation Office, where you will sign your name, because you should think about your crackers and beef, and how you can continue to work.

This is the answer of the patriotic man: The job that I have now is in no way sufficient; Not at all! But I tell you, “I will eat stones;” that is better than me agreeing to sign my name under the Annexationists. For I love my land, and my Queen, and if you want to take away your jobs, I am now prepared. Continue reading

More on traditional calendars, 1906.

Calendar for 1906

Offered from KA NA’I AUPUNI.

MARCH

Name of Month of Hawaii [Island]—Nana.
” ” Maui—Hinaiaeleele.
” ” Oahu—Kaaona.
” ” Kauai—Hinaiaeleele.

Day of the Month DAY OF THE WEEK NIGHT BY HAWAIIAN COUNT
1 Poaha [Thurs] Olekukahi
2 Poalima [Fri] Olekulua
3 Poaono [Sat] Olekukolu
4 Sabati [Sabbath] Olepau
5 Poakahi [Mon] Huna
6 Poalua [Tues] Mohalu
7 Poakolu [Wed] Hua
8 Poaha Akua
9 Poalima Hoku
10 Poaono Mahealani¹
11 Sabt. Kulu
12 Poakahi Laaukukahi
13 Poalua Laaukulua
14 Poakolu Laaupau
15 Poaha Olekukahi
16 Poalima Olekulua
17 Poaono Olekupau
18 Sabt. Kaloakukahi
19 Poakahi Kaloakulua
20 Poalua Kaloapau
21 Poakolu Kane
22 Poaha Lono
23 Poalima Mauli
Muku²
24 Poaono Hilo³
25 Sabt. Hoaka
26 Poakahi Kukahi
27 Poalua Kulua
28 Poakolu Kukolu
29 Poaha Kupau
30 Poalima Olekukahi
31 Poaono Olekulua

1. Mahealani—Full moon by Hawaiian count, and same as the Haole count.

2. Muku—There is no moon; its moon is taken by Hilo, and that is why it is called “Hilo Aihue” [Thieving Hilo]. Therefore, Muku enters or is lost into the night of Hilo, and it can be said that the night of the 24th, is the night of Saturday, and is a night of “Muku” as well as “Hilo.”

3. Hilo—This is the night of the New Moon, that being Hilo: however, it might be only seen for a bit, being that this moon, Hilo, appears at 1:24 and 9 seconds in the afternoon. (This is the time of the mahina hou (new moon) according to the haole). The sun will set at 6:04 and 2 seconds. At 11:47  that night, the moon will set.

Clarification—This explanation will be changed every month.

[I recently ran across this term “Hilo Aihue” once again after not seeing it for a number of years. The earliest i have seen it used is by a man commonly known as J. L. Kukahi. He actually gives his name as being Joseph Liwai Kawohikukahi, and his explanation of “Hilo Aihue” appears in an ongoing argument with D. M. Punini, Jr. (David M. Punini, Jr.) over the traditional Hawaiian calendar. See Makaainana, 4/22/1895, p. 3.]

(Na’i Aupuni, 3/26/1906, p. 3)

Alemanaka no 1906

Ka Na’i Aupuni, Buke I, Helu 102, Aoao 3. Maraki 26, 1906.

“Kaua i ka Nani o Hilo” and finding things where you might not expect. 1895.

“Kaua i ka Nani o Hilo”

[This mele for Kalakaua is taken from an article entitled “OWAI LA O J. L. KUKAHI, KA IHEPA NUI O KA WAA PAE E PEE NEI?”, which is a scathing criticism by D. M. Punini, Jr. over an ongoing argument concerning the naming of Hawaiian traditional months. But here, I wanted to show once again, that you never know what you will find and where.

The version of “Kaua i ka Nani o Hilo” most widely known today is probably the one from the Roberts Collection at the Bishop Museum, which is quoted here. The Museum’s Mele Index can be searched online here. But notice that the Punini version has additional verses (highlighted in red).

Also note that “Kawaihau” is one of the names for Kalakaua.]

Kaua i ka nani o Hilo

I ka ua loloku i Hanakahi

Akahi hoi ko’u manene

ka meeu hoi a ko’u oho

He ula leo paha na ka Iwi

Iku-a mai la i Haili

Ilihia i ka leo o ka Mamo

E-wa mai la i Olaa

Ua laa ia pua ianei

Eia i ko’u kiaha

Ua hoolawa ia me Lia

Me na lehua i Panaewa

Kuhi no paha oe Malia

Hookahi halau i ao ai

E like ai na mea hana

O na buke hoonui ike

He makau hala ole keia

Ua lou ia e ka i’a nui

Ua ale ia ka’u maunu

E Moano nui ka Lehua

Ua paa i ka lino pawalu

I mali’a i ke aho makalii

Kuhi oe i ka Hilu noenoe

A he i’a ia no ke kohola

O Kalale au o Kaiona

Nonoho i ka malu ohai

Aohe hana a Malamanui

Ua kau ke keha i Kaala

O ka iki nioi pepa ia

Holo ka wela i na aa koni

Ka upena nae mai keia

Aohe i’a koe hei mai

He hului au no ke kai loa

No ka moana kai hohonu

E—o e ka wohi kukahi

O Kawaihau no he inoa.

(Leo o ka Lahui, 4/2/1895, p. 3)

OWAI LA O J. L. KUKAHI, KA IHEPA NUI O KA WAA PAE E PEE NEI?

Ka Leo o ka Lahui, Buke II, Helu 1078, Aoao 3. Aperila 2, 1895.