Upon the opening of Hulihee Palace, 1928.

Story of Hulihee Palace Told By Mrs. Swanzy On Even of New Dedication

The Daughters of Hawaii will dedicate the old Hulihee palace at Kailua, Kona, Hawaii, on noon of Kamehameha day, June 11, the ceremony to be followed by a luau at 1 o’clock.

Restoration of the old palace, the site of which was set aside by Governor Farrington for a Hawaiian museum to be maintained by and cared for under the management of the Daughter of Hawaii, has been one of the big accomplishments of the Daughters during the last year. The 1925 legislature appropriated $10,000 for its purchase. Continue reading

More on Hulihee Palace from Jared G. Smith, 1944.

Hulihee Palace


Hulihee Palace, Kailua, North Kona, was built in 1837 as the home of Governor John Adams Kuakini, Hawaiian High Chief, wise leader and ruler of his people during the troubled decades when the conflict between Polynesian and occidental ideologies was becoming acute. He was friendly to the missionaries, Protestant and Catholic, building churches for both alike, setting the example of adopting new ideas which seemed to him  advantageous to the Hawaiian people, yet retaining and preserving the old manner of life and the historic pageantry of his court for he was of the Alii, a Kamehameha, brother of Queen Kaahumanu, prideful of place and power and lineage. Continue reading

Hulihee Palace from Jared G. Smith, sent by the Advertiser to cover the dedication, 1944.

Hulihee Palace


Kailua, principal port of Kona, Hawaii is rich in historical lore for it was here that Kamehameha the Great, founder of a dynasty which lasted until 1874, spent most of his life. He lived apart, the great stone platform where his immediate entourage resided being a few hundred yards westward from the present wharf beyond the great heiau, the station of his priesthood. The alii, or chiefs, his Court, were domiciled along the bay, eastward. Continue reading

The birthday of Princess Ruta Keelikolani Keanolani Kanahoahoa Muolaulani Keikiheleloa Keanohalia Kaleonahenahe Kohalikolani, 1871.

The birthday of Muolaulani.—In a report we received, we learned some things about the birthday of the Royal Governess Keelikolani. We were informed that on the past 9th, that was the day she gave delightful parties, for the day that her mother Pauahi suffered the pangs of labor and gave birth to her. A bit before her birthday, she set up a great lanai a hundred feet or more in length on the grounds of Hulihee Palace, on the right side of the building in the front of Haleolelo. This was large enough for over three hundred people. Her retainers and her people were those who filled out the party. And the taro that she farmed in those days of famine in the year of ’70 was the taro at the feast. Long live the land of the calm of the billowy clouds white like hinano blossoms.

[This reminded me of a video I recently saw on Facebook, speaking of another Haleolelo, this one on the other side of Hawaii Island, giving honor to the Princess and what she stood for. Click here for Oiwi TV’s video featuring Haleolelo.]

(Au Okoa, 2/16/1871, p. 3)


Ke Au Okoa, Buke VI, Helu 44, Aoao 3. Feberuari 16, 1871.

First birthday celebration of Keelikolani’s birthday, 1871.

Birthday of the Alii, the governess of Hawaii.

O Nupepa Kuokoa; Aloha oe:—

On the 9th of February past, a banquet was held on the estate of Hulihee by the person whose birthday it was, R. Keelikolani, assisted by her dear makaainana remaining, and her personal attendants; there was much food prepared by the one whose birthday it was, this being the very first celebration of her birthday; and it was appreciated for the calmness of the day. There were many gathered to celebrate her day of birth, with their gifts for that day, and at 2 o’clock, the feast began, followed by Hawaiian entertainment [lealea Hawaii] furnished by the one whose birthday it was. Here are is the main thing which I saw and all of us as well, that being the skill of the person who instructed the entertainment [o ke akamai o ka mea nana i ao i ka lealea], and this was followed by a joint choir of the sweet-voiced children of Holualoa; we and they give praise to the excellent leadership of Aalona; but this is what I did not like the most, along with my friends who stood with me, that being the guiding of some children to stand up and go astray [eia nae ka’u wahi hoahu loa, a me ko’u mau hoa e ku pu ana, o ke alakai ana i kekahi mau keiki liilii e ku iluna e lalau ai], and for that some women went and “kissed the nose” [honi i ka ihu] of the small children who were probably no more than ten years old.


Kailua, Kona Akau, Hawaii, Feb. 10, 1871.

[Many times people will be referred to by their position and not by their actual name. When doing searches for Keelikolani for instance, she is often referred to as the governor of the island of Hawaii, ke kiaaina o ka mokupuni o Hawaii (1855–1874).]

(Kuokoa, 2/25/1871, p. 2)

Ka la Hanau o Ke'lii kiaaina wahine o Hawaii.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke X, Helu 8, Aoao 2. Feberuari 25, 1871.

More on the Wahiawa “healing stones,” 1927.


At the meeting of the Daughters of Hawaii last week Wednesday in the Home of Queen Emma Kaleleonalani in Nuuanu, the association decided not to move the “Healing Stones” from where the two stand in Wahiawa; they made no decision to perhaps not move them for a time between three and six months and after that time, to take up again the question of those rocks.

When ayes and nays were asked for per the request explained earlier by Mrs. Julie Judd Swanzy and added to with small changes made by Mrs. F. A. Potter, there were three members who were opposed to the changes.

The decision by the association agreed upon that day, was in accordance with the decision by the President of the Board of Health, F. E. Trotter, that there would be no action upon on the matter of the rocks and that they’d be left where they stand now without being moved. With this decision by the Daughters of Hawaii, the ones who have responsibility over the rocks, dashed was the hope and request of 400 citizens of Wahiawa made to this association in a petition to remove the rocks from Wahiawa.

Another subject considered and decided upon by the association was this: there shall be no monuments built upon heiau. At that meeting, announced were pledges of $588, and cash donations of $1712, and funds of $341.72 for the restoration of that palace in Kailua, Kona, Hawaii [Hulihee].

Because of the rumor that the enthusiasm over the healing powers of the rocks are dwindling, which was known because less people go to worship the stones and because of less donations, this is the reason for the postponement by the association on action to be taken in regard to the rocks, with their belief that perhaps in a short few months the craze of the people over worshiping them will decrease drastically.

At that meeting of the association, there were many letters read by the President, Mrs. Swanzy, in front of the members gathered there, from different people dealing with the stones.

One of these letters was a petition by 400 people of Wahiawa asking to remove these rocks from there; three of the people who signed their names to the document asked that their names not be publicized and to take out their names from the list; there was a letter against the moving of the rocks to the Bishop Museum, where the stones would just be a “Collection” there; in another letter, it was asked to move the rocks to an area near the new road in Koko Head.

Mrs. Charles Clark asked to return these stones to the grounds of Kukaniloko; her idea was opposed by the majority of the members for the reason that the ancient history of these stones have nothing to do with the history dealing with the alii born at Kukaniloko, and therefore, it is not right to move them there. The rocks were moved to Kukaniloko at the order of Galbraith, because he thought they might be broken up where they stood beneath the stream.  The association does not want to return the stones there; they have been something much cared for by the Filipinos and others, and other stones of Kukaniloko have been cracked because of candles placed upon them, and the grounds are full of rotting fruits and flowers; and seeing those things which marred the beauty of the area was why they were moved to where they stand now. Those stones will not be considered again for return to Kukaniloko.

As for the $3000 in the bank, it is from donations made by people who went to worship the stones, but the association has not agreed to take a cent of the money, but it will instead be appropriated for use for works benefiting the people of Wahiawa.

(Kuokoa, 11/24/1927, p. 4)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXVI, Helu 52, Aoao 4. Novemaba 24, 1927.