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

Hugo Kawelo, sent to Glasgow to study, returns, 1886.


On the ship that brought the Portuguese laborers, Mr. Hugo Kawelo, one of the youths sent to Scotland [Sekotia] to seek education by working [unclear word] in an iron works factory. Because of sickness, he returned, but when he arrived back, he was the epitome of a robust and vigorous man. It was as if the air of the open ocean brought him back to health. He wishes to return to complete his education in the iron [unclear word] industry, should his health be good.

[Hugo Kawelo is one of the select Hawaiians sent abroad by Kalakaua to study and to bring back this knowledge to move Hawaii forward. For more on this program, see for instance: Agnes Quigg’s “Kalakaua’s Hawaiian Studies Abroad Program” from the Hawaiian Journal of History.

Here is one another example of a badly imaged newspaper. I guessed the meaning of some of the passage.

One of our readers, Lynda Fitzgerald, asked who can be contacted to get the original Hawaiian-Language Newspapers reshot clearly. I don’t have a specific name, but the more people that know how important this is, the more likely it will be done. So talk to your friends and coworkers and heads of boards and kumu hula and civic club officers and the aunty down the street. Why do you think seeing all of this information clearly is important…]

(Nupepa Elele, 3/6/1886, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Elele, Buke VII, Helu 36, Aoao 2. Maraki 6, 1886.

James Auld gets married. 1862.

[Found under: “NEWS OF HAWAII NEI.”]

MARRIED.—On Saturday evening, the first day of this month, James Auld was married to Miss Uwini Taihuna, the youngest daughter of Taihuna and Wahinekapu. There were many friends who went to see the wedding. There was a party at their house that evening, on Nuuanu Avenue, after they were joined by the gentle tie of marriage. With those who were filled with joy are the warm thoughts and hopes that they will be blessed from the people who print this paper.

[See Kuokoa 9/3/1864, p. 4, for mele inoa composed for Harry W. Auld (Uwilakulani), the first child of Kimo (James) and Uwinihepa! The mele inoa are composed by Apela and Kaniwahie of Kawela, Molokai.—This was found searching the Bishop Museum’s Archives online search!!

Wow… Also found online: “Taihuna” is also known as “Wong Tai-hoon” or “Tyhune”. See: Three Chinese Stores in Early Honolulu, Wai-Jane Char (Hawaiian Journal of History, Volume 08, 1974.]

(Kuokoa, 3/8/1862, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke I, Helu 15, Aoao 2. Maraki 8, 1862.