One reason why the newspapers were/are so important was because they were “immediate,” just as I suppose Facebook and Twitter is today. One person claims something in the newspaper one day, and a few days later you could see more information or contradicting information by someone else, and not necessarily even in the same newspaper. Because people back in the day wanted the latest news, they would subscribe to the different newspapers being printed at the time, or at least would share them with each other. Continue reading
A MELE FOR KAAHUMANU.
To the Editor of the Kuokoa, Aloha oe:
In the Kuokoa of the 26th of April 1907, I saw a Mele Kanikau for Queen Kaahumanu composed by David Malo in 1834, and this kanikau was printed in “Ka Hae Hawaii” in 1856. David Malo himself composed it. Continue reading
KAUAI’S OLDEST WOMAN DIES AT THE AGE OF 96 YEARS
Lilia Davis Kaleikau, grandmother of Senator John Andrew Kealoha passed away at her home in Kapaa on Sunday morning at the ripe age of 96 years, and was probably the oldest living Hawaiian woman on Kauai at the time of her death. Continue reading
[Found under: “KA MOOLELO O NA KAMEHAMEHA.”]
Kaumualii built several large houses for Kaahumanu at Papaenaena. When Kaahumanu was staying on Kauai. A great desire grew within her to search for Nihoa, a land that was not known to the new generations. But Nihoa was found in the stories and the mele of the ole people. When Kaahumanu heard the chant of Kaweloamahunaalii. Continue reading
The death of J. Piikoi.
On the 26th of April, the Honorable J. Piikoi, one of the alii of this Hawaiian archipelago died. He was a much admired man for his competence and his determination in the duties given to him. He was 55 years old, and the sickness he died of was of quick pulse [? aalele nui], and problems with his blood flow, and he died.
Before the death of Piikoi, he prepared a story of his life, from his birth until the day he wrote it, that being the 7th of April. This is it below:
The Autobiography of J. Piikoi
I was born in the month of Ikuwa, that being January, in the year of the Lord 1804.
I was born in Waimea, Kauai, and that was where I was raised until the first Liholiho landed on Kauai on the 22nd of the month of July, 1821. Continue reading
AN OLD MELE
This is the response from Kaahumanu when Namahana, her mother, told the alii that men were easy to get.
Kaahumanu was saddened when Kamehameha was taken by Kaheiheimalie, her younger sister, and she responded to her mother this way:
O ke kane ka mea aloha
Pau ke aho a’u e hoohaehae luhi e, Continue reading
[Found under: “HUNAHUNA MOOLELO HAWAII.”]
And perhaps because of the skill of Kaneiakama at composing mele, that the chiefess [Kaahumanu] had a liking for her, and maybe that is why that land [Waianae] went to the two of them [Kaneiakama and her husband, Paakonia].
[John Papa Ii’s columns on the history of Hawaii ran in the Kuokoa from 1866 through 1870. For more on Kaneiakama see more from this date, and in English, see “Fragments of Hawaiian History,” translated by Mary Kawena Pukui, and published by Bishop Museum Press.]
(Kuokoa, 7/17/1869, p. 1)
(COMPOSED BY KANEIAKAMA W.)
Because of the spread of the news of the skill of Kaneiakama at composing mele, Kaahumanu sent a messenger before her saying to compose a mele for the Pillow of the alii, Continue reading
THE HISTORY OF HAWAII.
By S. M. Kamakau.
Pertaining to the Reign of Kauikeaouli over the Nation, he being called Kamehameha III.
Pertaining to the arrival of Catholicism, in the year 1827 .
In the month of September, in the year 1836. A Catholic priest [kahuna katolika Roma] arrived, the Rev. Aresaniao R. Walsh [Rev. Arsenius Robert Walsh], from Britain. He were not expelled, but was forbidden by the Chiefs, that he should not proselytize amongst the Hawaiians. But he went and argued with some Protestant priests [Kahuna Hoole Pope]. He indeed converted Hawaiians and secretly Baptized some people. Continue reading
POISON GOD BURNED
Hilo, Hawaii, July 6, 1931.
Editor, The Star-Bulletin.
Sir: In your issue of July 4, 1931, there appears a picture of an old Hawaiian wooden idol under which it was stated that it was believed to be the poison-god Kalaipahoa. Continue reading