More on Kamehameha III 100th birthday memorial, 1914.


Handsome Tablet Is Unveiled Accompanied by Sacred Chant of Loved King

The unveiling of a handsome tablet of Hawaiian lava granite, to the accompaniment of sacred chants composed a century ago, marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kauikeaouli, the third of the Kamehamehas, which yesterday afternoon was observed at old Kawaiahao church by the Daughters of Hawaii. It was a fitting memorial to that ruler who, known to his subjects as the beneficent king, gave to the inhabitants of these islands their first written constitution, and, to make the observance further complete, the tablet will be taken to Keauhou, Kona, where it will mark the birthplace of ka moi lokomaikai.

The historical structure of Kawaiahao, around which is woven innumerable tales dear to the heart of the kamaaina, was occupied by more than 2600 persons, the majority of whom were Hawaiian. The memorial tablet occupied the center of the platform, hidden from view by the royal standard of Liliuokalani and High Chiefess Elizabeth Kekaaniau Pratt, both lineal descendants of the Hawaiian King who was the founder of the Kamehameha dynasty. Feathered cloaks of almost priceless value draped the chairs in which they sat.

The strange, yet beautiful, setting doubtless was a perfect replica of a court scene in the days of the old regime when the Kamehameha held sway. The costuming of the participants was perfect, and there was presented a spectacle in which was brought out many ancient and rare relics which today are treasured by Honolulu families and which are seldom seen other than in private homes, where they are held almost sacred.

Attired in feather cloaks and helmets, High Chief Fred Kahapula Beckley and High Chief Albert Kalaninoanoa Hoapili, the spear and kahili bearers respectively, occupied places just back of the queen and High Chiefess Pratt, representing the figures which are seen on the royal Hawaiian coat-of-arms. Both are lineal descendants of chiefs of the court of Kamehameha I, High Chief Beckley being a descendant of Kameeiamoku, and High Chief Hoapili a descendant of Kamanawa, the royal kahili bearer. Boys from the Kamehameha school, to the number of 16, acted as court attendants and kahili bearers, and occupied places on either side of the court representatives. They were attired in feather capes and other accessories adopted by the Hawaiian warriors of other days. Above this gathering was suspended the royal standard of Kalakaua, as well as other Hawaiian flags, their colors blending in perfect harmony with the vivid green of the palms and ferns with which the nave was banked.

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Monument to Kauikeaouli on his 100th birthday, 1914.


The Populace Gathers in Kawaiahao on the Evening of this Past Tuesday.

It was a scene from the sacred times when the Islands were ruled under monarchs, that was before a great crowd of people which arrived at Kawaiahao Church in the afternoon of this past Tuesday, when a memorial service for the hundredth birthday of King Kauikeaouli, Kamehameha III was held, and unveiled was the stone tablet dedicated to him that will be stood at the place of his birth at Keauhou, North Kona, Hawaii.

Before the hour set aside for that remembrance, at four o’clock in the afternoon, the crowd entered the church: from the members of the organizations of this town, the students of the Kamehameha Schools, the heads of the government, to the general public, filled up the church, with some people standing.

Outside of the church grounds was the Royal Hawaiian Band entertaining the people, with a majority of the people there, because they could not get a seat in the church.

Before the pulpit stood a painting of King Kauikeaouli, Kamehameha III, and right below the painting was the tablet with clear lettering that said: “Kauikeaouli, Kamehameha III, ke keiki a Kamehameha III ame Keopuolani. Hanauia i Maraki 17,1814. Ka Moi lokomaikai.”

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James A. E. Kinney and his ohana, 1943.

At Sea

The picture above is of James A. E. Kinney, the son of K. W. Kinney of Hana, Maui, and one of the writers to Ka Hoku o Hawaii. It is believed that A. E. Kinney is at Sea with the Air Force, doing air surveillance [kilo ea]. He graduated from the air surveillance school in Grand Rapids, Michigan this past April and returned to his post at West Palm Beach, Florida, and thereafter it was decided to send him to sea.

A Hawaiian Youth

James Apollo Everett Kinney was born of the loins of Mr. K. W. [Kihapiilani William] and Mrs. Sarah Kaleo Kinney, at the McBryde Sugar Plantation in Kauai, when his father was working burning cane, and he was 32 years old. Continue reading

Martha Poepoe Hohu and three Hilo women honored, 1929.


Honolulu, Dec. 11—Three Students from here in Hilo, who are boarding at the Teachers’ School in Honolulu, were honored by being initiated as members of the Society of “Sigma Eta Omega,” which is the Association of the Students who were honored for doing good works among that Association of those in the Teachers College [Kula Ao Kumu] in Honolulu. This Association is honorably named in Greek, and they are bestowed this position because of their standing in this Teachers College of Hawaii.

The ones from Hilo upon whom were bestowed this honored name, were Miss Wilhelmina Roback, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Roback of Hilo nei.

This honor was conferred upon this girl from Hilo because of her singing abilities at that Teachers College.

This honor was also conferred upon Veronica Lui Kwan, the President of this Association, and this honor was bestowed upon her because of her skill in organizing the association; and to Mrs. Georgian Sutherland for her progress in studies. There were others as well receiving this honor and were initiated into this Greek Honors Society, the only society established in Hawaii nei; the daughter of Rev. H. K. Poepoe was also one included in this honored position, that being the Organist of Kaumakapili Church, Mrs. Martha Hohu.

A gathering was held at the College to initiate those who were honored, and on the evening of that day a celebratory party was held at the Blaisdell Hotel.

[Hoku o Hawaii, the last of the historic Hawaiian-Language Newspapers and one of the longest running (1906–1948) was printed in Hilo. For some reason, there seems to be at this time no issues online from before 5/31/1917. Eleven years of this paper is available on microfilm, but are not online as of yet. Hopefully, this newspaper can get reshot in entirety soon, because much of the available images are hard to read.]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 12/17/1929, p. 1)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke XXIII, Helu 27, Aoao 1. Dekemaba 17, 1929.