Masquerade party at the palace, 1874.

[Found under: “Nu Hou Kuloko.”]

Masked Entertainment.—In the evening of this past Saturday, a party was held in the Palace by the monarchs and those who were invited to go there. Each person was hidden behind a mask [maka kii], and everyone was befuddled because the features of people could not be seen. You went up to someone to figure out who it was, maybe by their figure, or the back of the head. You turned away, and you were confused once again, as people’s features were hidden.

(Kuokoa, 5/2/1874, p. 2)

Lealea maka kii.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XIII, Helu 18, Aoao 2. Mei 2, 1874.

Christmas tree at Iolani Palace, cont’d, 1910.



(Continued from Page One.)

…two years ago, after discussion, they decided that it would be a fine thing to give presents to the children of this town, whereupon they collected money to purchase gifts and to do everything that would it enjoyable for them.

And in that spirit, the tree was again put up on that day for the children, and it was a joyous thing for those who gave the gifts, and at the close of his speech, he invited them to give three cheers, an invitation that was responded to from the children with enthusiasm. Continue reading

Christmas tree at Iolani Palace, 1910.



Children lined up before the Executive Building to Receive Presents.

The Visitors along with the Children were Drenched in the Falling Rain on that Morning.

Two years have past since the start of the giving of a Malihini Christmas Tree heavy with presents of all sorts to the indigent children, and this year it seems as if there was the most presents collected along with the most children, reaching more than about two thousand, but showers coming down when the presents were being handed out was problematic for the little children and the gifts as well, and many of the presents were damaged.

Within the falling rain nonetheless, the children remained standing in line until they received their gift, and looking at their expressions, the happiness upon getting their present outweighed the difficulties of the rain. Continue reading

Scenes from the Kamehameha Day celebration, 1919.

The picture [on the top] shows the various Hawaiian Societies seated on the Palace Grounds and listening to the speeches of the famous deeds of Kamehameha in his lifetime, and also the songs prepared for the day. The parade of the morning was one of the most beautiful parades seen. The small pictures below show parts of the parade; on the far left is Mrs. Alice Kamokila Macfarlane, the head of the Daughters of Hawaiian Warriors [Ahahui o na Kaikamahine a na Pukaua], along with some of the members. In the middle are the guards of Kamehameha armed with their spears, and on the far right is a picture showing the scene called “Mamalahoa Kanawai.”

[Don’t forget to turn out for or tune into the Kamehameha Parade of 2014!]

(Kuokoa, 6/13/1919, p. 1)

O keia kii he hiona...

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LVII, Helu 24, Aoao 1. Iune 13, 1919.

Queen Victoria letter to Sanford Dole, 1894.

Queen Victoria to President Dole.

At midday of this past Thursday, the President gave an audience in the Executive Building [Iolani Palace] for the Queen of Britain’s Commissioner and Consul General, Mr. A. G. S. Hawes, who handed over to him personally this important national greeting from the Royal one, Queen Victoria.

Victoria, by the grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Queen Defender of the Faith, Empress of India, and so forth, and so forth, and so forth.

To the President of the Republic of Hawaii, Sendeth Greeting!

Our Good Friend! We have received the letter which you addressed to us on the 7th day of July last, in which you informed us that you had been elected President of the Republic of Hawaii, in accordance with the constitution which was proclaimed on the 4th of that month. We thank you for this communication, and we request you to accept our congratulations on this distinguished mark of the confidence of your fellow citizens;and we offer you our best wishes for your health and welfare, and for the prosperity of the Republic over which you preside.

And so we commend you to the protection of the Almighty.

Given at Our Court at Balmoral the nineteenth day of September 1894, in the 58th year of our reign.

Your good friend,

(Signed by the Queen’s own hand.)

(Signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs’ own hand.)

[The queen seems to have been led to believe that Dole had the support of “his fellow citizens”…]

(Kuokoa, 11/17/1894, p. 2)

Moiwahine Victoria ia Peresidena Dole.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXXIII, Helu 46, Aoao 2.

Iolani Palace open to the public, 1938.

The Crown Room of Iolani Palace Opened

This is the only Crown Room in the United States of America, and it is a reminder of the days when it was under the rule of the kings and queens of Hawaii nei. The appearance of the crown room these days is like that of the times of the monarchs.

This past week, the crown room of the Iolani Palace was opened once again, and it was opened to the public; Governor Poindexter and Secretary Hite [of the Citizens’ Council] opened the doors of that crown room. There were many who arrived there for the opening.

Amongst the chants [na olioli ame na kanaenae] of the ancient Hawaiians, there were eyes misted with tears with memories of the days of the monarchy, and there was also the sweet sound of the Royal Hawaiian Band [Bana Hawaii]; there were hundreds of people lined up in the only crown room in all the United States. This tour was led by Mrs. Eugenia Reis, moi of the Daughters and Sons of Hawaiian Warriors, and in attendance were the members of her association and seven other Hawaiian associations. Continue reading

King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani and Iolani Palace, 1903.


Col. Judd, Chamberlain [Puuku]         Mrs. Swan, Chambermaid [Wahinelawelawe.]         (Photo by Williams.)

King Kalakaua                                Queen Kapiolani

(Kuokoa, 4/17/1903, p. 1)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLI, Helu 16, Aoao 1. Aperila 17, 1903.

Christmas at Iolani Palace, 1920.


The trees were bright with electric lights and the minds of the children were amazed, filled with wonder; the singing of Christmas joy and the skits were beautiful as the Christmas tree of the City of Honolulu was lit on the grounds of the capital this past Sunday; and there were thousands of people gathered while the event was held, while they sang along to Christmas carols being sung by choral groups.

The boys of the Kamehameha Schools led the singing along with the girls of the St. Andrews Priory School. Some of the songs sung that night were “Holy Light,” “O, The Little Town of Bethlehem,” a many other beautiful songs were sung. The crowd joined in the singing of the songs they knew, and when they did not know the words, they were silent.

The activities that night were wonderful because of the peace and because the queen of the night shone down her light, being this was a bright moonlit night, with a clear sky an no clouds.

There were skits performed as well, and in these performances to be seen, the crowd could watch the birth of the Lord, the angels blowing their trumpets, the following of the shepherds and the three magi to where the child lay, and their giving of gifts when they saw the child in the manger.

The audience was very appreciative of those who put on the joyous festivities that night, from the singing and so forth to the decorating of the trees with lights.

The words of the songs sung were projected onto a section of cloth so that everyone who could see could read it while the songs were being sung. The singing and the skits that were prepared for that night were wonderful.

(Kuokoa, 12/31/1920, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LVIII, Helu 53, Aoao 2. Dekemaba 31, 1920.

San Francisco Call and the military trials, 1895.


{Colonel Whiting sits at the head of the table as President. Captain Kinney, Judge Advocate, is at the foot. On one side are Captain Zeigler, Captain Pratt and Lieutenant Jones. Facing them are Lieutenant-Colonel Fisher, Captain Camara and Captain Wilder. From a sketch made in Honolulu expressly for the “Call.”}

[The San Francisco Call had strong ties with Hawaii, and it is interesting to see the articles printed within its pages and how it saw the situation in Hawaii. See for instance the famous story printed a couple of years later: “Strangling Hands upon a Nation’s Throat,” by Miriam Michelson.

…So many unthinkable things took place in the Throne Room of Iolani Palace.]

(San Francisco Call, 2/7/1895, p. 1)


San Francisco Call, Volume LXXVI, Number 52, Page 1. February 7, 1895.