Birthday of Princess Kaiulani Remembered.
Eleven-hundred and eighty-five students from six through eighteen years in age, both boys and girls of all ethnicities under the sun, celebrated the birthday of the Princess who has passed, Kaiulani, at Kaiulani School on this past Friday. The school grounds were teeming with children and parents; this celebration was not the first, but is done every year by this school; and if the young Princess were still alive, the one for whom this school is called, she would be thirty-nine years old. This is the school with the biggest enrollment in the Territory.
A program of the events of the day was prepared, and due to the small hall, some of the performances were done twice or three times before the same audience.
One of the greatest things seen in this program was the reading of a mele for Kaiulani that was composed by the present school superintendent, Henry Walworth [Walsworth] Kinney. Mr. Kinney was a news writer for one of the papers of Honolulu fifteen years ago; he was also present at the school during the festivities prepared for the day; and when Helen Duncan began to read this mele, everyone was astounded at this mele which was composed with great skill, for this mele was forgotten, but when they heard it being read again, immediately thoughts of aloha welled within them for the young princess who died.
There was a large, life-like portrait of Princess Kaiulani on a wall, which was adorned with lei of ilima and maile, while the children sang “Ka Lei o Kaiulani.” There were small speeches presented by Mr. Gerrit P. Wilder and Mrs. H. H. Webb about the life of the Princess.
Here below is the program of events:
Song—Ainahau—Mabel King on the piano.
Kaiulani—Reading……. Christian Arpe, J. Holt, Norman Alama, V. Kamakawiwoole, J. Ross, and L. Kaulukou.
Song—Lei o Kaiulani—Miss Stewart’s Class
Speeches—Gerrit P. Wilder and Mrs. H. H. Webb.
Kaiulani—Song composed by H. W. Kinney and read by Helen Duncan.
Kaiulani—Song composed by E. W. Wilcox and read by K. Rowland.
Stevenson—A story of the Princess of the Island read by Maria Prestige.
Song—Himeni, O! Hiamoe—Miss Lofquist’s Class.
Kaiulani School was built in 1889.
(Kuokoa, 10/23/1914, p. 4)