Kamehameha graduating class, 1926.

The Students of Kamehameha Schools Who Graduated This Year 1926.

1. Juliette Blake, 2. Alice Leialoha, 3. Edwin Stone, 4. Harry Chang, 5. Arthur Ahulii, 6. Samuel Vida, 7. Charles Buchanan, 8. Daniel Lansing, 9. Daniel McGregor, 10. Florence Smith, 11. Thurza Drake (class president Girls’ school), 12. George Groves, 13. Charles Travis, 14. George Naumu, 15. Evelyn Cooper, 16. Piilani Yates, 17. Helen Lani, 18. Evelyn Clark, 19. Dinah Dunn, 20. Paul Keaka, 21. Charles Aiden, 22. Henry Reinhardt, 23. Emma Woodward, 24. Elizabeth Leal, 25. Henry Kaahea, 26. Henry Young (class president Boys’ school), 27. Rogers Whitmarsh, 28. Edward Chang, 29. William Poka, 30. Walter Ahulii, 31. George Cummings, 32. Daisy Pa, 33. Bertha Mahikoa.

(Kuokoa, 6/17/1926, p. 2)

Na Haumana o na Kula Kamehameha i Puka i Keia Makahiki 1926

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXV, Helu 24, Aoao 2. Iune 17, 1926.


Kamehameha School graduation, 1893.


Graduating Exercises at Kawaiahao Church—List of Graduates.

The graduating exercises of the Kamehameha Schools took place at Kawaiahao Church yesterday evening, the old stone edifice being crowded to its utmost capacity. The church was decorated with potted plants and evergreens. Revs. W. B. Oleson, the retiring principal, and S. L. Desha were seated on the platform near a picture of the founder of the school, Mrs. Bernice Pauahi Bishop. The exercises opened with orchestral music under the leadership of Prof. Berger, and was followed with a salutatory address by Samuel Mahelona delivered finely. Class statistics by Abraham Pihi preceded a song by the popular glee club. The club received an encore. Two discussions were held—one entitled, “Resolved, That an income tax is desirable for this country.” and the other, “Resolved, That large landed estates are harmful to national development.” James Harbottle and John Wahinemaikai and William Meheula and David Ai took part in the first and Henry Blake and Samuel Mahuka and I. Harbottle and Robert Baker argued on the second. The argument showed careful training and the speakers displayed good elocution. A composition, “Homes for Hawaiians,” by K. Kanehe, was an excellent effort. Moses Kauwe in “Class Prophecy” caused ripples of laughter with his quaint sayings. The valedictory was delivered by M. Hoonani, after which Principal Oleson presented the graduating class with their diplomas. Mr. Desha pronounced the benediction. The graduating class consist of: David Ai, Robert Baker, Henry Blake, Isaac Harbottle, James Harbottle, Matthew Hoonani, Kaili Kanehe, Noah Kauhane, Mose Kauwe, Solomon Mahelona, Samuel Mahuka, William Meheula, Abraham Pihi, John Wahinemaikai.

[Here is a picture of the class of 1893 found on the Kamehameha Schools Archives page. Some names given on the Archives page are not the same as found here.

Here is perhaps a more detailed article on the graduation appearing in the Hawaiian Gazette.

Yet another article in the Pacific Commercial Advertiser.

And this as well.

Also, see this touching follow up post on one of the graduates, Abraham Pihi!]

(Daily Bulletin, 6/16/1893, p. 3)


The Daily Bulletin, Volume V, Number 754, Page 3. June 16, 1893.

English-Language Newspaper articles less important than Hawaiian-Language articles? 2012

Here is something to consider…

There are many who believe that English-Language articles are somehow less important than Hawaiian-Language ones. We should not turn our noses up at any history passed down by those who lived it—in any language. Although it is important to take into account who wrote the information and under what circumstances, any information is better than no information!

Here for instance is the coverage the first Kamehameha Girls School graduation received in The Hawaiian Gazette of July 6, 1897, p. 2, “CLOSING EXERCISES”.

Compare this to what we saw earlier from the Kuokoa of July 2, 1897, p. 2, “KA HOIKE O KE KULA KAIKAMAHINE O KAMEHAMEHA”.

First graduating class of Kamehameha School for Girls, 1897.


The Graduates.

On the evening of this past Tuesday, June 29, a performance of speeches and singing was held at Kaumakapili Church by the students of the Kamehameha School for girls, and this was an assembly for the graduation of some students of this school this year with them receiving diplomas.

It is said that there were almost 2000 onlookers who crowded into the walls of Kaumakapili Church, with still more excited people outside, from the Government road until the steps and covering up the entrance.

Right before the Organ was made a stage, and above it were placed pots of greenery of all sorts. And upon this sad the students for whom was that beautiful night [“ka po nani o Halalii”¹].

These are the young ladies of the school who graduated this year: Lydia Aholo, Julia Akana, Kalei Ewaliko, Miriama Hale, Lewa Iokia, Helen Kahaleahu, Elizabeth Kahanu, Malie Kapali, Hattie Kekalohe, Elizabeth Kaliinoi, Keluia Kiwaha, Julia Lovell, Jessie Mahoahoa, Elizabeth Waiamau, and Aoe Wong Kong.

This is the program of events: Chorus: In Heavenly Love Abiding”—”Noho ma ke Aloha Lani” (Mendelssohn). Kamehameha Girls’ School.

Prayer: Rev. C. M. Hyde, D. D.

Topic: “The Teacher and Trainer of Hawaii’s Little Ones”—Ke Kumuao a Alakai o ko Hawaii Poe Pokii: Lewa Iokia.

Mele (Poem): “The Greatest Discovery—Ke Pookela o na Mea i Huliia: Hattie Kekalohe.

Topic: “My Life at Kamehameha”—Ko’u mau La ma Kamehameha: Aoe Wong Kong.

Topic: “The Servant of the Soul”—Ke Kauwa a ka Uhane: Elizabeth Kahanu.

Topic: “Wake the Divine Within”—Hoala ae i ko loko Uhane Pono: Elizabeth Waiamau.

Topic: “A Bit of Clay”—He Huna Lepo Palolo: Kalei Ewaliko.

Chorus: “Sweet May” (Barnby): Class.

Topic: “A Plea for the Children”—He leo i na Keiki: Malie Kapali.

Topic: “Domestic Sciences”—Na Ike Nohona Home: Jessie Mahoahoa.

Topic: “The Use of Music”—Ka Waiwai o ka Ike Mele: Lydia Aholo.

Topic: “A Practical Art”—Ka Ike Hana maoli: Julia Lovell.

Mele (Music): “At School Close” (Whittier): Elizabeth Keliinoi.

Diplomas Given.

Chorus: “Cradle Song:” Kamehameha School for Girls.

Benediction [Pule Hoomaikai] by Rev. E. S. Timoteo.

¹”Ka po nani o Halalii” [Beautiful night of Halalii] seems to be a variation of the idiom “Ka po le’a o Halalii” [Enjoyable night of Halalii].

[I just ran across this article while looking for something else today, and thought it would be a nice follow up to the earlier articles on the opening of Kamehameha Girls School.]

(Kuokoa, 7/2/1897, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXXVI, Helu 27, Aoao 2. Iulai 2, 1897.