Vermont hears of Restoration Day, 1843.


Letters from the Islands to August 5, furnish some additional particulars relating to the restoration of the native government.—The doings of Lord Paulet’s Provisional Government were outrageous, and compelled the retirement of Dr. Judd from all participation in it. The following letter is from the Boston Daily Advertiser:

U. S. Ship Constellation,
Off Honolulu, Sandwich Islands, Aug. 1843.

It is probably known in the United States that in February last, his Lordship Captain George Paulet, of Her Majesty’s ship Carysfort, visit these Islands; and after urging upon King Kamehameha III., in succession, various demands, with many of which it was found impossible to comply, an making preparations to fire upon the city of Honolulu, compelled a cession of the Sovereignty to the Queen of Great Britain, and appointed a Commission of four, of which his Majesty or his deputy were permitted to be a member, for the provisional government of the Island, until her Majesty’s pleasure should be made known; which time the “existing laws, and those made at the ensuing council of the King and chiefs” were to continue in full force so far as natives were concerned,” and to for the basis of the administration of justice by the Commission between foreigns residents on these Islands, and all existing engagements of the King were to be executed and performed as if the cession had never been made.” Continue reading


A protest by the United States of America, 1843.


In the name and on behalf of the people of the United States of America and their Government, which the undersigned has the honor to represent, and in order to explain clearly for the information of all concerned, is issued, A PROTEST.

Whereas a provisional cession of the Hawaiian or Sandwich Islands was made by His Majesty Kamehameha III., King, and Kekauluohi Premier thereof, unto the Honorable George Paulet, Commanding Her Britannic Majesty’s Ship Carysfort, (to wit) on the twenty fifth day of February, eighteen hundred and forty three;—and whereas, the United States’ interests and those of their citizens resident in the aforesaid Hawaiian Islands are deeply involved in a seizure of His Majesty’s Government under the circumstances; as well as in the act of the aforesaid King and Premier acceding thereto under protest or otherwise, to affect the interests before cited: Now therefore be it known, that I solemnly Protest against every act and measure in the premises; and do Declare that from, and after the date of said cession until the termination of the pending negotiations between His Majesty’s envoys and the Government of Her Britannic Majesty, I hold His Majesty Kamehameha III., and Captain Lord George Paulet answerable for any and every act, by which a citizen of the United States, resident as aforesaid, shall be restrained in his just and undisputed rights and privileges, or who may suffer inconvenience or losses, or be forced to submit to any additional charges on imports or other revenue matters, or exactions in regard to the administration of any municipal laws whatever, enacted by the “Commission” consisting of His Majesty, King Kamehameha III., or his Deputy of the aforesaid Islands, and the Right Hon. Lord George Paulet, Duncan Forbes Mackay, Esq., and Lieut. Frere, R. N.

Given under my hand, on board the U. S. Ship Constellation, at anchor off Honolulu, Oahu, this eleventh day of July, eighteen hundred and forty three.

LAWRENCE KEARNEY, Commander in Chief of the U. S. Naval Force in the E. Indies.

(Nonanona, 7/25/1843, p. 21)


Ka Nonanona, Buke 3, Pepa 5, Aoao 21. Iulai 25, 1843.

Palapala hoole na Amerika Huipuia, 1843.


Ma ka inoa, a ma ka aoao hoi o na kanaka o Amerika Huipuia a me ko lakou aupuni, (owau, ka mea i kakauia ka inoa malalo, he luna au no ia aupuni) a i mea hoi e hoakaka aku i na kanaka a pau i kuleana ma keia mea, ua hoopukaia’ku nei,


No ka hoolilo ana o Kamehameha III, ke alii, a me Kekauluohi ke kuhina, i keia pae aina o Hawaii nei ia George Paulet, kapena o ka moku Beritania, Carysfort, ma ka la 25 o Feberuari, 1843; a no ka owiliia hoi o ka waiwai a me na hana a ko Amerika poe noho maanei, i loko o ia kaili ana o keia aupuni, a iloko hoi o ia hana a ke alii, a me ke kuhina, ma ia hoolilo ana, (me ka hoole paha, me ka ole paha)—

Nolaila, ke hoike aku nei au i keia: Ke hoole ikaika aku nei au i keia mau hana a pau.

Eia hoi ka’u e hai aku ai: Mai ka la ma i lilo ai keia aupuni a hiki i ka wa e pau ai ka hana pu ana a na luna o Kamehameha III, me ko Beritania aupuni, maluna o Kamehameha III, a me Kapena Haku George Paulet e kau ai ka hewa o kela hana, keia hana e poho ai ka pono akaka o ko Amerika poe e noho nei i keia pae aina. [O laua no ke hewa] ina paha e keakeaia ke kahi kanaka o Amerika Huipuia, a ina paha e poho ko lakou waiwai, a ina paha e koiia lakou e uku i dute hooi ma ka waiwai i laweia mai, a ma na mea e paha o ke aupuni, a ina paha e hooukuia lakou ma ka hooko ana i kekahi o na kanawai a pau i hanaia e “ka poe luna Beritania,” oia hoi ke alii, Kamehameha III, a o kona pani hakahaka paha, a me Haku George Paulet, a me Duncan Forbes Mackay Esquire, a me Lieutenant Frere, no ka manuwa Beritania.

Hanaia keia ma kuu lima maluna o ka moku manuwa o Amerika Huipuia, o Constellation ka inoa, a ke ku nei ia mawaho, ma Honolulu (Oahu.) i keia la umikumamakahi o Iulai, 1843.

LAWRENCE KEARNY, aliii nui maluna o na manuwa a pau o Amerika Huipuia ma Asia.

(Nonanona, 7/25/1843, p. 21)


Ka Nonanona, Buke 3, Pepa 3, Aoao 21. Iulai 25, 1843.

The “Kearny Cloak” at Tiffany & Co., 1893.



The recent proposed annexation of the Sandwich Islands has revived much forgotten lore concerning the people of Hawaii and their history, and nothing perhaps is more interesting than specimens of the handiwork of this semi-barbarous people who possessed certain arts for ingenuity and patient labor that cannot be equalled by the boasted civilization of the nineteenth century. In Tiffany & Co.’s window, in Union Square, there is on exhibition for a few days a feather war cloak or namo, once the property of Hawaii’s giant King, Kamehameha I (The Lonely One), which tradition says cost the labor of several generations of skilled workers. The body consists of a fine network of homespun cord, make from the native hemp or olona, the meshes of which vary from an eight to a thirty-second of an inch; over this is laid the feather-work in small bunches of three or four feathers each, tied with a minute thread highly twisted, made from the same fibre. The cloak is almost semicircular in shape, and cut to fit in at the neck. The meshwork being made in sections of various shapes, allows it, when placed on a tall man’s shoulders, to fall in graceful lines about his body. Continue reading

Warships, 1843.


There are six men-of-war [manuwa] docked in Honolulu, on this day, the 4th of August. Three of them are from Britain, and three are from America.

Here are the names of the British ships. (1.) Dublin, a frigate; Rear Admiral R. Thomas is the officer. The ships has 50 cannons.

(2.) Carysfort is a small frigate; its captain is Lord George Paulet; this ship has 26 cannons.

(3.) Hazard is a Sloop; Bell is the captain, and it has 16 cannons.

These are the names of the American ships.

(1.) United States is a frigate; Commodore Jones is the officer. The ship has 52 cannons.

(2.) Constellation is a frigate; Commodore Kearney is the officer; it has 46 cannons.

(3.) Cyane is a Sloop; its captain is C. K. Stribling; it has 20 cannons.

(Nonanona, 8/8/1843, p. 29)


Ka Nonanona, Buke 3, Pepa 6, Aoao 29. Augate 8, 1843.

Another image of the return of Kamehameha III’s ahuula, 1927.

The guards of the Palace, when the Ahuula was returned to the Palace on this past Monday. Starting from the left, on the bottom row: E. K. Kaihe, John Hicky [John Hickey], J. K. Mokumaia, D. Hoke, and M. K. Reuter. The row in the back, from the left: S. K. Levi, Joseph Kawai, and John Paakaula.

(Kuokoa, 12/1/1927, p. 4)

Na kiai keia o ka Halealii...

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXVI, Helu 53, Aoao 4. Dekemaba 1, 1927.

Kamehameha III’s Feather Cape returned to Hawaii, 1927.


Ceremony in Respect to the Ahuula is Carried Out in the Crown Room of the Palace Last Monday

In the morning of last Monday, the throne room of the palace was filled with visitors to see the ahuula of Kamehameha III gifted to Commodore James Lawrence Kernny, and now becoming a treasure for Hawaii nei, through the generosity of Walter Dillingham, the one who purchased the ahuula.

The ahuula arrived aboard the steamer Malolo which arrived in town, and was entrusted to the safekeeping of the national archives, and on that Monday was returned to the throne room with ceremony befitting the ahuula, along with the singing of patriotic songs of Hawaii nei, as well as the hearing by the crowd of speeches given by A. P. Taylor of the national arvhives, Governor W. R. Farrington, and Walter Dillingham.

The ahuula was returned and draped upon the throne, and to the right was the Princess Kalanianaole, while the throne room was filled with members of the Mamakakaua Association and heads of businesses and the multitudes there in that room.

The Story of the Ahuula

After hearing some songs for Kamehameha III, composed by some Hawaiian ladies, the crowd entered while singing the anthem of Hawaii. And Mr. A. P. Taylor explained the history of the ahuula.

According to him, this was an ahuula gifted to Commodore James Lawrence Kearny of the warship Constellation, by Kamehameha III, in the year 1843. He was the one who saved Hawaii from the subjugation by George Paulet.

The ahuula was inherited by the child of Commodore Kearny, and from there to his cousin, James Lawrence Boggs of New Jersey.

After the explanation of its story, the ahuula was presented before the governor for the makaainana of Hawaii nei, whereupon the governor spoke a bit, while giving his thanks and appreciation for it being returned here to be cared for in Hawaii nei.

Given to the Museum

The honor was given to Walter Dillingham for his return of the ahuula for stewardship by the museum up above Kamehameha, and he gave a short speech and placed the ahuula under the care of A. F. Judd, one of the members of the board of the Trust of Pauahi Bishop. After his speech, Mrs. Mary Kekinookalani Padeken presented a chant composed by her, “Aalii Ku Makani.”

[If this sounds familiar, I am reposting it from the old Facebook site. Posts on FB are not easily searched, and so periodically I am thinking of doing reposts of those articles…]

(Kuokoa, 12/1/1927, p. 1)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXVI, Helu 53, Aoao 1. Dekemaba 1, 1927.