Akaiko Akana offers prayer before the Congress of the United States, 1921.


In a letter from Princess Elizabeth Kalanianaole from Washington received by Mrs. Julia Desha reported that the Rev. Akaiko Akana was requested by the Speaker of the House of Representatives in Washington to give the opening prayer on a morning when the proceedings of the House of Representatives were opened, and that solemn voice of prayer given by the Hawaiian Pastor was listened carefully to by the distinguished Members of that Body. This was a great honor given to the Kahu of the Kawaiahao Church, and it was the very first time the first words of prayer given by a Hawaiian Pastor was heard in that world-renown Legislative Building. Continue reading


Apologies given for a mistake, 1903.


Most native Hawaiians who have traveled in the States will appreciate the feelings of Prince Kuhio and his wife, as described below, the more because of personal experiences of their own. East of the Sierras any man of color, seeking first-class accommodations, is likely to be mistaken for a negro and treated accordingly. A year or more ago the Queen and her attendants were refused accommodations at a famous Eastern hotel because they were taken for the “Black Patti troupe.” White men with Hawaiian wives have been subjected to special annoyance on this score. Following is an account of Prince Kuhio’s mis-adventures: Continue reading

Singers from Hawaiia, 1920.


Hand-Picked Company of Native Musicians in the Islands Chosen for Long Tour in United States and Canada During Present Summer—Sailed May 19th from Honolulu with Mildred Leo Clemens

Mildred Leo Clemone and Her Native Hawaiians of the Famous Waikiki Beach, April, 1920

Six of the finest native musicians in all the Hawaiian Islands sailed from Honolulu on May 19th on the steamship “Maui,” to fill their first American engagement. They will appear on the Colt Alber Premier circuit in Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio. Continue reading

Special piano built, 1901.


Bergstrom Music Company [hui kuai mea kani Bergstrom] received a piano made with koa wood. This piano was made in Chickering, Boston under the order of Prince Kalanianaole. The cost for the building fo this piano was about $1,000, and the koa wood it was made from was sent from Hawaii nei.

The look of this instrument is lovely, and above where it is played is placed the crown of Hawaii and the words “Kulia Kanuu.” The instrument will be placed under the care of Prince Kawananakoa when the Prince Kalanianaole and his wife returns from their trip around the world.

[Does anyone know if this piano still exists? I sure hope so.]

(Aloha Aina, 2/2/1901, p. 5)


Ke Aloha Aina, Buke VII, Helu 5, Aoao 5. Feberuari 2, 1901.

Kamakea [Kamakia] Magoon marries Harmon Anderson, 1912.


[Perkins Photo]


Standing under the folds of the American and Hawaiian flags, Miss Kamakea Magoon and Harmon Anderson, known to the theatrical world a Richard Kipling, were united in marriage at 7:30 oʻclock last night at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Alfred Magoon. The Rev. Dr. Doremus, pastor of Central Union church, officiated.
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Princess Kaiulani celebrates the new year in Waimea, 1899.

New Year’s Celebration in Waimea.

The people of Waimea held a Happy New Year party at 3 p. m. on this past Tuesday [1/3/1899], at the Courthouse here in Waimea. The table was given honor by the young Princess, Her Highness Kawekiulani Ahilapalapa Kaiulani and her entourage: the honorable ladies and gentlemen of Mana; the ladies of the mountainous land of the Kipuupuu Rain [Waimea]; and the lasso-flicking youth, Paul Jarrett. They ate until full, and drank until satiated of the delicacies of the table—Hape Nu Ia!

On the following night at 7 o’clock, European entertainment was held in the courtroom decorated with palai fronds of the forests, under the direction of an honorable gentleman giving welcome to the esteemed guest, the Wohi Princess, on that night of festivities, along with the other dignified ones accompanying her. In this European entertainment, the honor of the American Nation was paid first to Waimea, by the visit of the Young Alii Kawekiulani, Kawananakoa, Kuhio Kalanianaole, and his wife, along with the attending ladies of the alii for three nights; and it is said of the final night that it was Number 1 and better than Honolulu. According to the witnesses, “Waimea is the best.”


Waimea, Hawaii, Jan. 5, 1899.

(Makaainana, 1/9/1899, p. 1)

Hoomanao Nu Ia ma Waimea.

Ka Makaainana, Buke XI—-Ano Hou, Helu 2, Aoao 1. Ianuari 9, 1899.

More on Liliu’s 73rd birthday celebration, 1911.


Honolulu, Sept. 2—The commemoration of Queen Liliuokalani’s birthday was held today, and according to what the Queen said to some of her friends:

“This is my seventy-third birthday, and i am in good health; i have left behind the disturbing things of this world in which we live, and have surrounded myself with many friends.”

The Queen’s health is fine indeed, and in the morning, the Band of the County [? Royal Hawaiian Band] arrived to play while she dined on breakfast until 10 a. m. Several associations arrived to giver their congratulations to the Alii; and at 11 o’clock, the procession of haole friends to see the Alii began, and this perhaps is the grandest royal audiences of haole giving their congratulations to the Queen.

The Queen was attired in a beautiful garments fitting of her stature, and attended by the Princess Kalanianaole and Mrs. Irene Holloway and Mrs. C. P. Iaukea. The place where the Queen sat was surrounded by many different kahili, and it was her steward, the Honorable C. P. Iaukea who introduced the many strangers. The Alii, the Queen, met each one who came to visit her and she placed a kind smile upon her Royal visage. When the writer for the Hoku [this newspaper, Hoku o Hawaii] appeared before the Alii, she immediately asked, “How are the famous lehua of the land, the lehua of Hilo; are the famous blossoms of the land still beautiful?”

The Queen wore a white lehua [lehua puakea] lei from Hilo, and on her Royal countenance was happiness. On that morning of her birthday, she presented the water leaping land of Waikahalulu as a Park for the public, and it will be administered for the benefit of the people.

The Hoku o Hawaii prays for the long life of the beloved Queen of Hawaii, and although she has no throne upon to rule, hers is the throne of aloha within the hearts of her loving people. May the Queen live in God.

[Unfortunately the issues of Hoku o Hawaii from 1906 to the early part of 1917 (including this article) are not available online! The more people talk about the importance of the information in the Hawaiian-Language Newspapers and the need to rescan those newspapers clearly and make them accurately searchable, the more chance there will be funding for it!]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 9/7/1911, p. 2)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke 6, Helu 18, Aoao 2. Sept. 7, 1911.

Kamehameha III’s Feather Cape returned to Hawaii, 1927.


Ceremony in Respect to the Ahuula is Carried Out in the Crown Room of the Palace Last Monday

In the morning of last Monday, the throne room of the palace was filled with visitors to see the ahuula of Kamehameha III gifted to Commodore James Lawrence Kernny, and now becoming a treasure for Hawaii nei, through the generosity of Walter Dillingham, the one who purchased the ahuula.

The ahuula arrived aboard the steamer Malolo which arrived in town, and was entrusted to the safekeeping of the national archives, and on that Monday was returned to the throne room with ceremony befitting the ahuula, along with the singing of patriotic songs of Hawaii nei, as well as the hearing by the crowd of speeches given by A. P. Taylor of the national arvhives, Governor W. R. Farrington, and Walter Dillingham.

The ahuula was returned and draped upon the throne, and to the right was the Princess Kalanianaole, while the throne room was filled with members of the Mamakakaua Association and heads of businesses and the multitudes there in that room.

The Story of the Ahuula

After hearing some songs for Kamehameha III, composed by some Hawaiian ladies, the crowd entered while singing the anthem of Hawaii. And Mr. A. P. Taylor explained the history of the ahuula.

According to him, this was an ahuula gifted to Commodore James Lawrence Kearny of the warship Constellation, by Kamehameha III, in the year 1843. He was the one who saved Hawaii from the subjugation by George Paulet.

The ahuula was inherited by the child of Commodore Kearny, and from there to his cousin, James Lawrence Boggs of New Jersey.

After the explanation of its story, the ahuula was presented before the governor for the makaainana of Hawaii nei, whereupon the governor spoke a bit, while giving his thanks and appreciation for it being returned here to be cared for in Hawaii nei.

Given to the Museum

The honor was given to Walter Dillingham for his return of the ahuula for stewardship by the museum up above Kamehameha, and he gave a short speech and placed the ahuula under the care of A. F. Judd, one of the members of the board of the Trust of Pauahi Bishop. After his speech, Mrs. Mary Kekinookalani Padeken presented a chant composed by her, “Aalii Ku Makani.”

[If this sounds familiar, I am reposting it from the old Facebook site. Posts on FB are not easily searched, and so periodically I am thinking of doing reposts of those articles…]

(Kuokoa, 12/1/1927, p. 1)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXVI, Helu 53, Aoao 1. Dekemaba 1, 1927.