Death of Kekelaokalani, 1880.


A service will be held over the remains of Kekelaokalani, Kekuaipoiwa [Kekuiapoiwa], Kailikulani, Leleoili, Kulua, on the following Sunday, October 3, between the hours of 1 and 3 in the afternoon, at the pleasant home, Rooke House [Luka Hale], the place where they made warm with their daughter, the Royal One, Emma Kaleleonalani.

Aloha wa—le,
Ke haha hewa nei o’u mau lima,
I ke kino wailua o kuu mama,
Ua ha—la,
Ua hala ma kela aoao o ka pouli,
Aohe e loaa aku ia’u ke hahai,
Eia au la ua huihui i ke anu,
Anu maeele i kuu kino,
Owau wale no nei e u ae nei,
Aloha—Aloha ino.

[Much Aloha,
My hands search in vain,
Over the body of my dear mama,
She has gone,
She has gone to the other side of the darkness,
I shall not catch her should I follow after her,
Here I am chilled in the cold,
My body is numbed,
It is I alone who mourns,
Aloha—How woeful.]

(Elele Poakolu, 9/29/1880, p. 1)


Ka Elele Poakolu, Buke I, Helu 4, Aoao 1. Sepatemaba 29, 1880.

Just because something appears in a newspaper doesn’t necessarily make it true, 1865.

[Found under: “NOTES OF THE WEEK.”]

News from a Far Country.—The following item is clipped from the Weekly London Times:

An Irish Queen in the Sandwich Islands.—The fact that Queen Emma of the Sandwich Islands is expected in Europe gives interest to the following details:—The Sandwich Islands were thus named in 1778, by Captain Cook, in honor of Lord Sandwich, then First Lord of the Admirality. The inhabitants are of the Polynesian race, and were long governed by a number of native chiefs perpetually at war with each other. In 1784 one of them, Kamehameha I., subjected all the islands to his authority, established a monarchy, took up his residence in the town of Honolulu, in the island of Oahu, and reigned until his death in 1819. His dynasty is still on the throne. The present King, Kamehameha V., aged thirty-five, succeeded his brother, who had left no children, in 1863. He has reformed the constitution of the State, favoured trade, manufactures, and the settlement of foreigners, and has acquired the love of his people. The Minister of Finance, M. Crosnier de Varigny, is a Frenchman; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Wilkie, was born in Scotland; and the Minister of Interior, Mr. Hopkins, is a native of London; the Minister of Justice and the Chancellor, Mr. Harris and Mr. Allen, are both citizens of the United States. This Cabinet is much esteemed by the Chambers. Queen Emma is a native of Ireland, and is aged twenty-nine. She married in 1856 Kamehameha IV., the late King, but lost her only son in 1862, and her husband in the following year. Queen Victoria has placed a ship of war at her disposal for her voyages to Europe, where she intends to visit successively England, France and Germany.

(Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 9/30/1865, p. 2)

News from a Far Country...

The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume X, Number 13, Page 2. September 30, 1865.

Queen Emma baptized, 1862.

[Found under: “NA MEA HOU O HAWAII NEI.”]

The Queen Baptized.—On Tuesday, the 21st of this month, the Queen was baptized at the Palace [Hale Alii]. Bishop Rev. T. N. Staley performed the baptism in the fashion of the Anglican faith, and the name of the Queen that she was baptized with is Alexadrina Francis Agnes Lowder Byde Rooke Young Kaleleokalani. Present were all the alii and the friends of the royal court of Hawaii nei. There as well was the Commissioner of Great Britain and his Wife as well.

(Kuokoa, 10/25/1862, p. 2)

Bapetizoia ka Moi Wahine.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke I, Helu 48, Aoao 2. Okatoba 25, 1862.

Lucy Kaheiheimalie Peabody Henriques has gone on, 1928.


That chiefess born of the land, Mrs. Lucy Kaheiheimalie Peabody Henriques has gone. She was loved by all of us, and she was a precious one among the people. She was going silently away these past weeks. Aloha with unending tears. She went to see the sacred bosom of Kane. The rejected flowers were strewn at Wailua [?? Ua ahu iho la na pua wahawaha i Wailua]; she left grieving behind, her beloved lei, her daughter, Kalanikiekie Henriques. Continue reading

Queen Emma, 25th birthday, 1861.

Birthday of the Queen.

This past 2nd of January was the birthday of the Queen, and she made twenty-five years old that day. The town and ships at port were decorated with many flags of all sorts and colors. When the sun began it descent, the great artillery at [the fort of] Puowaina was sounded, and the British warship, Alert, also shot off its cannons. It was a rainy day, and the streets were very muddy, so the people were not able to parade in public, however, this did not cause the love and appreciation for our “good Queen Emma” to wane, and from Hawaii to Niihau, our hearts are as one in our hope that she will see many a more birthday.

(Hae Hawaii, 1/9/1861, p. 168)

Ka la Hanau o ka Moiwahine.

Ka Hae Hawaii, Buke V, Ano Hou.—-Helu 42, Aoao 168. Ianuari 9, 1861.

Queen Emma, Honolulu Library and Reading Room, and the Hawaiian Historical Society, 1886 / 2014.

[Found under: “LOCAL NEWS”]

The library which was left by the will of the late Queen Emma to the Honolulu Library and Reading Room Association has been all catalogued, and is now upon exhibition at the library building on Hotel street, where the public are invited to inspect it for the remainder of this week, after which the books will be placed upon the shelves for circulation. The library donated by Queen Emma is about 500 volumes of general history, voyages, travels, etc. This will bring the total number of books in the library up to about 4,700 volumes.

[Queen Emma’s books eventually found their way to the Hawaiian Historical Society, where they are cared for today!]

(Daily Honolulu Press, 1/12/1886, p. 3)

The library which was left by the will of the late Queen Emma...

The Daily Honolulu Press, Volume I, Number 113, Page 3. January 12, 1886.

Queen Emma on Kauai, 1871.

The Queen’s Travels to the Island to the West.

O Ke Au Okoa;—Aloha oe:

At 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon, Lawai was left by the entourage of

“Maikai ka Waikini he nani ke nana,
Ka hemolele oia uka me ke onaona,
Ua hele a nolu pe i ka lehua maka noe,
Ua ike maka iho nei i ka nani o Aipo.”

[Fine is Kawaikini, beautiful to see,
The uplands are perfect in its fragrance,
The misty-eyed lehua are drenched
Beheld was the beauty of Aipo.]

The travels of Kaleleonalani continued on into dusk; the good home of the Hon. J. Kauai in Waimea nei was visited, and he gave them the entire house for the alii to do as she pleased. That is the fashion in which the well-to-do son of Waimea gave. Continue reading

Tahitian mele for La Kuokoa, 1861.

Songs of Polapola

Aue oe tau hoa hele e,
E fiteri tou e,
Tai ta pea ta te fa tu,
O Iesu ta haa maitai.

Eau ia oe te oa oa,
Eau ia oe te haa maitai,
Ia oe nae te fei a haa wale,
I loto i te au ahi oia nae.

Aue oe e ta Moi e,
He aroha to oe,
Mai horoa i te hau ia Mareta,
E ta pea maitai.

Iaorana oe e ta Hatu o Hawaii,
Tai haapao ia tai haapao hia,
E mono i tooe toloa.

Iaorana oe e Ema,
Te Alii Vahine e,
Faatere maitai to otou haue,
E mau te ora o te Alii e amuri no atu.

Auwe oe tou hoa he re e,
Pi te ri tou e tei ta pea i ta te fatu,
Oietu te parau maitai,
eau ia oe te oaoa,
Eau ia oe te haa maitai,
Ia oto nae te feia faa vare,
I roto o te au ahi oia nae.

Auwe oe e ta Moi e,
E aroha to oe e,
Mai ho roa i te hau,
Ia Amerita,
E ta pea maitai mai,
Iaorana oe e ta Hatu Hawaii e,
Tei haa pao hia i mano to oe to roa,
Iaorana oe e Ema te Rii vahine e,
Faa te re maitai to otou hau,
E mau te aroha o te Rii e,
Ea muri noatu.

Himeni 27.

1 Te ra, te aoae, te fetia,
Maramarama ai te ao,
Maitai atoa ai te po,
Na te Atua i faaue iho,

2 Ia ara, e ia moe tatou,
Te merahi maitai tei mau,
To ratou tiai ia tatou,
Aore e ino i roohia mai.

3 Te rai anaana i nia ae,
Te aihere rii i raro nei,
Te miti atoa e ati ae,
Na te Atua i hamani.

4 Te puapua, noanoa,
Unauna ai te raau nei,
Te raau maa na tatou a,
Na te Atua i horoa mai.

5 Te ata i pee, te ua i pou,
Te matai farara e oraʻi,
Te manu, i rere nei,
Te mau puaa nana anae,

6. Te ia e tere i te tai,
Tei nee i raro i te repo,
Tatiou atoa te taata nei,
Ohipa na te Atua mau.

7 Ia hamanihia ra tatou
Ia hau tu teie i te maitai,
E ia ra oe ta te Arii parau,
Ma te aau au i a rue ai.

[These are some of the mele performed on the 28th of November, 1861, at Kawaiahao Church in celebration of Independence Day.

For more Tahitian mele, see this composition of Ninito and Manaiula Sumner for Victoria Kaahumanu from 1862.]

(Kuokoa, 12/2/1861, p. 2)

He Mele Polapola.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke I, Helu 4, Aoao 2. Dekemaba 2, 1861.

Alexander Joy Cartwright, Kakalaika, trusted by Queen Emma, 1874.

BEING THAT THE PERSON NAMED below has been vested the power of attorney [mana hookohu] by the Alii, the Dowager Queen Emma, he is empowered as Agent for the administering of her estate and to care for it all, therefore, public notice is given that there is none other to whom this power is given to charge under the name of she to whom belongs the estate. All persons are ordered, should they have any claims to this estate, to produce the bill, and for those who are indebted to her, to make payment at once at my business office in Honolulu.

ALEX. J. CARTWRIGHT. (Kakalaika).

Honolulu, May 11, 1874.

[I was reminded tonight of the birthday of the creator of baseball, Alexander Joy Cartwright, by the cute report on KITV4 news tonight. Here is just another tiny bit of information about this man known world around.]

(Kuokoa, 5/16/1874, p. 3)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XIII, Helu 20, Aoao 3. Mei 16, 1874.

Beginnings of the Bishop Museum, 1888.

[Found under: “This and That.”]

The Portuguese are hewing a-la stone in the uplands of Waipilopilo for the new structure that the Hon. C. R. Bishop is considering building for the benefit of the young children of the school and a place to house the antiques of the royal women Pauahi and Kaleleonalani.

(Kuokoa, 6/2/1888, p. 3)

Na ka poe Pukiki...

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXVII, Helu 22, Aoao 3. Iune 2, 1888.