Hawaiian Historical Society established, 1892.


On the evening of Dec. 28th, a few of our citizens met and engaged in an informal interchange of ideas in regard to the importance of forming an Historical Society. Prof. Alexander was chosen temporary chairman, and the Rev. Dr. Hyde secretary. It was then decided that the proper time had come for the organization of such a society, and a committee composed of Prof. Alexander, Rev. Dr. Hyde and Mr. J. S. Emerson was chosen to draft a constitution. An adjourned meeting was held last Monday evening at the Honolulu Library, at which this committee made its report. A large number of our most prominent citizens attended, and much interest was shown in the formal organization of the new society. After the adoption of the constitution the following officers were unanimously elected: President, Hon. C. R. Bishop; Vice-President, Mr. J. S. Emerson; Corresponding Secretary, Hon. W. D. Alexander; Recording Secretary, Rev. Dr. C. M. Hyde: Treasurer, Mr. T. G. Thrum. The constitution states that the object of the society is “the collection, study, and utilization of all materials illustrating the Ethnology, Achæology and History of the Hawaiian Islands.” Active members are to pay an initiation fee of five dollars and an annual fee of one dollar. It is hoped that arrangements will be made by which the society will secure as its permanent quarters, for the accommodation of its prospective library and a place of meeting, the large front room of the Honolulu Library. Immediate efforts are to be made for the formation of a library which shall include all books relating in any way to this Kingdom, and all books, pamphlets and newspapers ever printed on the Hawaiian Islands. Continue reading

Queen Emma, Honolulu Library and Reading Room, and the Hawaiian Historical Society, 1886 / 2014.

[Found under: “LOCAL NEWS”]

The library which was left by the will of the late Queen Emma to the Honolulu Library and Reading Room Association has been all catalogued, and is now upon exhibition at the library building on Hotel street, where the public are invited to inspect it for the remainder of this week, after which the books will be placed upon the shelves for circulation. The library donated by Queen Emma is about 500 volumes of general history, voyages, travels, etc. This will bring the total number of books in the library up to about 4,700 volumes.

[Queen Emma’s books eventually found their way to the Hawaiian Historical Society, where they are cared for today!]

(Daily Honolulu Press, 1/12/1886, p. 3)

The library which was left by the will of the late Queen Emma...

The Daily Honolulu Press, Volume I, Number 113, Page 3. January 12, 1886.

Two gifts in one, 2014.

Are you looking for the special gift for someone near or far? When you pick up calendars from the Hawaiian Historical Society, you are giving two gifts in one—a calendar for your loved one, and a donation to the Historical Society as well!

The Hawaiian Historical Society’s Hawaiian history calendar for 2015 is now available. The new calendar features historical photographs of outstanding sites in Hawaiʻi state parks on Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Maui, and Hawaiʻi Island. Many of the places that are now part of the park system have long attracted residents and visitors alike. The photographs chosen for the calendar exemplify the scenic beauty and unique natural features that have made these locales favored destinations for many decades.

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Iao, one of the scenes from the 2015 calendar.

The photographs in the calendar were gleaned from the collections of the Hawaiian Historical Society, the Hawaiʻi State Archives, the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, the Kauaʻi Historical Society and the Hawaiian Mission Children’s Society Library. They date from the1860s through the late 1930s. image: January 2015 calendarAs always, the calendar’s pages are filled with notes about significant dates and interesting facts in Island history as well as the phases of the moon. They are great solutions for seasonal gift-giving quandaries.

Society members can purchase copies of the calendar for $8.00 each (plus $3.00 postage when mailed to you). The retail price is $10 per calendar. Bulk rates are available. The calendars can be obtained directly from the Hawaiian Historical Society office at 560 Kawaiahaʻo Street, Honolulu, HI 96813. Telephone (808) 537-6271. Look for them at the annual HHS open house and book sale December 11.

The 2015 Hawaiian history calendar is also available at the following book and gift shops: Native Books at Ward Warehouse; the Mission Houses Gift Shop; the Hawaii State Art Museum Gift Shop; and Kailua General Store.

For more information, see the Hawaiian Historical Society web page!

More happenings in Lahaina, 2014.

I found this on the Hawaiian Historical Society Facbook page. It sounds like it could be an interesting time in Lahaina on the 6th of September. And it is manuahi!

Kaulana Na Pua: Recovering Native Heroes

Aloha history folk! The Lahaina Public Library will be hosting a free illustrated history presentation by HHS Board member Ron Williams Jr. PhD on Saturday 6 September at the library on Front Street at 10:45 am. The presentation is titled “Kaulana Nā Pua: Recovering Native Heroes. Lahaina as a Center of Native Patriotism” and will focus on highlighting mostly unknown native patriots who’s lives and accomplishments are being rediscovered through research in the Hawaiian-language archive. If youʻre nearby, go talk story!


“Mele Lahui Hawaii,” the National Anthem, 1867.

[Found under: “NU HOU KULOKO: Oahu.”]

The Hawaiian National Anthem—We just saw the first printings, drawn on and printed on stone [lithograph] by some haole of this town, they being Robert Newcomb [Papa Nukama] and Thomas Cross [Toma Kea]. The notes and lyrics were printed first on the stone by Robert W. Andrews [Robata W. Anaru], a haole boy born in Hawaii nei. The notes and lyrics were carved finely into the stone.

[I just saw a post by Nanea Armstrong-Wassel on the Hawaiian Historical Society’s Facebook page mentioning that among its many treasures is a copy of this sheet music! This is but just one of their countless links to the past! Priceless!!

For more of Nanea’s posts, see: here on Instagram, or on Facebook.]

(Kuokoa, 4/13/1867, p. 2)

Ke Mele Lahui Hawaii.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke VI, Helu 15, Aoao 2. Aperila 13, 1867.

Hawaiian Historical Society, 2014

Check out the interesting and educational posts by the Hawaiian Historical Society found here on Facebook, and go become members as well! They are the caretakers of a great number of the original historic Hawaiian-Language Newspapers, and so much more! We need them!

Here is a link to their main homepage where you can sign up to become a member!

Restoration Anthem, 1843.

The following hymn was sung by various circles on the day of the Restoration; as well as after the Temperance Picnic, given by His Majesty, to Foreign Residents and Naval Officers, (English and American,) at his Country Residence in Nuuanu Valley, August 3d.


Tune, ‘God Save the King.’

Hail! to our rightful King!
We joyful honors bring
This day to thee!
Long live your Majesty!
Long reign this dynasty!
And for posterity
The sceptre be!

Hail! to the worthy name!
Worthy his Country’s Fame
Thomas, the brave!
Long shall they virtues be,
Shrined in our memory
Who came to set us free,
Quick oe’r the wave!

Hail! to our Heavenly King!
To Thee our Thanks we bring,
Worthy of all;
Loud we thine honors raise!
Loud is our song of praise!
Smile on our future days,
Sovereign of all!

July 31, 1843.  Edwin O. Hall.

[This post may be just a little early this year, but it is good to not just remember momentous events like Ka La Hoihoi Ea just one day of the year. Last year, the Hawaiian Historical Society put up handwritten lyrics of this mele on their Facebook page on the 27th of July. Here we find it in print, just a few days following its being penned by Edwin O. Hall!]

(Temperance Advocate and Seamen’s Friend, 8/11/1843, p. 42)


Temperance Advocate and Seamen’s Friend, Volume I, Number VIII, Page 42. August 11, 1843.

Bonin Islands and Hawaiians abroad, 1830 / 2014.


Historical Work Soon to Be Published Will Contain Letters From Honolulans

New and interesting facts concerning the conditions and history of the Hawaiian Islands during the first few decades of last century are promised in a history of the Bonin Islands which will be published in October by Constable London.

One feature is the tale of how the British consul in Honolulu in 1830 sent out a band of colonists to settle the Bonin Islands an attempt at colonizing the tiny archipelago for the British Empire which was destined to failure, for the islands now belong to Japan.

The book is by Rev. L. B. Cholmondeley, honorary chaplain of the British embassy at Tokio, who was for many years in charge of the mission at the Bonin group, and has since made frequent visits there. Continue reading

Fifty years of Kamehameha School for Girls, 1944.

Jubilee Reached

On this past Sabbath, there was held a huge party in Honolulu, to commemorate the Jubilee of the establishment of the Kamehameha School for Girls.

The Girls’ school was built in 1894, and there are three of the girls from the school who graduated in 1897 still living, Continue reading

Now online: Guide to Sheet Music Collection from the Hawaiian Historical Society, 2013.

Guide to Sheet Music Collection Now On Line

sheet music image

The Hawaiian Historical Society library includes a modest but growing collection of Hawaiian and hapa-haole sheet music spanning the 1860s to the 1960s. An illustrated guide to the collection can now be consulted on line thanks to the work of HHS library intern Annemarie Aweau, who compiled the guide. Ron Williams photographed the cover pages of the music to provide the illustrations. (Click here to read on…)