Mission Houses Museum, 1920.


After not being paid attention to for many years, that old house of Levi Chamberlain [Levi Kamalena] in the old missionary lot at the corner of King and Kawaiahao, was spruced up and it is beautiful to see today as it looked when it was first built; it is supplied with office furnishings in preparation of bringing back some old relics of the missionary teachers there. Continue reading

Kamehameha IV travels to the west, 1856.


It was heard that the King went from  here and on the next day landed at Waimea, Kauai, and that night sailed for Niihau, and landed at Nonopapa on Saturday [la hoomalolo]. They were there on the Sabbath, and they congregated and worshiped Jehovah on that day. On the next day, they rode horses and went fishing; there are a 100 or more horses on Niihau; they caught a lot of fish. Continue reading

Liholiho and Kamamalu, 1924.


At the annual social meeting of the Daughters of Hawaii at Queen Emma home Wednesday afternoon, a story of the life and short reign of King Kamehameha II, usually known as Liholiho Iolani, the latter being his favorite name, and his queen, Kamamalu. The paper was read by Mrs. Flora Wood Jones, historian, who wove the historical facts into an interesting story. It is as follows: Continue reading

Sarai Hiwauli, 1856.


Sarai Hiwauli was born in Kahaluu, Koolaupoko, after the great plague here on Oahu during the time of Kamehameha I, and she was taken to Hilo, Hawaii to be raised, along with her parents and her kupuna; from Hopuola and Kalimahauna came Hiwauli, from Kahili and Napolo came Hopuola, from Kahiko and Kuanuuanu came Kahili, from Keaweikekino and Iliholo came Kahiko, from Hoou and Kamaiki came Keaweikekino, from Mahiopupelea and Kapaiki came Hoau, from Kanaloauoo and Kapulaiolaa came Kapaihi, from Kahoanokapuokuihewa and Kapahimaiakea came Kapuleiolaa, from Loheakauakeiki and Kalaniheliikauhilonohonua came Kahoanokapuokuihewa, from Kauhealuikawaokalani and LonowahineikahaleIkiopapa came Kalaniheliikauhilonohonua, from Kaholipioku and Moihala came LonowahineikahaleIkiopapa, from Lonoapii and Piilaniwahine came Moihala, and so on. Continue reading

History of Kawaiahao Church, 1885.


The readers of the Kuokoa will probably not be unable to recognize the features of the building pictured above; it is the church of Kawaiahao. It is an old building and one that is greatly beloved by a portion of our people, this mother church of ours. Its predecessor on these grounds was a church of pili grass; and the stone building was completed in 1842, constructed by the loving hands of the alii and makaainana of times gone by. It was Kekuanaoa and Bingham [Binamu] Sr. who selected the area where it was to be built and supervised its construction, however Bingham returned to America before the completion of this building.

There were many renowned events which were done in Kawaiahao such that it is as if the building was the place to carry out grand and fine deeds of the past, of the nation and the people. It was in this building that a number of the Legislative Sessions of the nation were opened, if this writer is not mistaken. It was in this building that Kamehameha V opened the Constitutional Convention [Ahaolelo Hooponopono Kumukanawai] on the 7th of July, 1864. Continue reading

Kamehamalu dies in far away London, 1824.


At London, 8th July, Her Majesty TAMEHAMALU, Queen of the Sandwich Islands. The cause of her death was inflammation of the lungs.—She was sensible she was dying, and was quite resigned. The separation of the King and Queen was very affecting.—”We are,” adds the London paragraphist, “in the the less grief for his Majesty’s loss, as we understand he has four more wives at home.” Unfortunately for this unfeeling attempt at wit, there is no truth in it. Since the conversion of the Sandwich Islanders to Christianity, polygamy has been abolished.—The Queen lay in state two days before her interment. Her coffin was covered with her ornaments, intermixed with bouquets of flowers, and the floor was strewed with rose leaves. The body was wrapped tightly in waxed linen. The coffin bore this inscription:—”Tamehamalu Eli—No Na aina o awahi—Make i Pelekani—22 Makaika Taitu—London 8 Kemahoe o ke Maikiki—1824.”—In English, “Tamehamalu, Queen of the Sandwich Islands, departed this life in London, on the 8th July, 1824, aged 22 years.” She could read English very well, and could speak it a little. The King sustained his loss like a Christian.—Raising his eyes from the body, he said, “She is gone to Heaven.” At the last date, the King was very ill, and could not, without difficulty, indite a despatch to his favorite minister “William Pitt,” announcing his loss. The British King, and Ministers, paid every mark of attention on this occasion.

[Mahalo to Ramona Ho by way of the Antonios for getting this great article to me!

It is important to note that although Chronicling America is a great site for looking up information, it does have its limitations. 1) It does not include all of the states. 2) All of the newspapers in a given state are not necessarily made accessible. 3) Even if a given newspaper is included, it does not necessarily mean that all issues of that paper are accessible. 4) The years included are only from 1836–1922.]

(New-Hampshire Patriot & State Gazette, 8/30/1824, p. 3)


New-Hampshire Patriot & State Gazette, Volume XVI, Number 804, Page 3. August 30, 1824.

Mele Inoa for Kauikeaouli, Kamehameha III. 1862.


Auhea wale ana oe, kapua hau o Maleka,
Ke au nei ka manao, Pehea o Niagala,
Kela wai kamahao, wai halulu o ka moano,
Nene i na moku, lohe aku nei Lukini,
Ua ana ia Kuleke, aohe i hopo Ladana,
I ka nui o Asia, hue a ke kaona nui,
Laki ka moana Iniana, ehuehu Enelani,
Ke kowa o Sekotia, aita oe e palau,
No’u o Ainahau, a ka wai o Nolewai,
Pau mai ko’u palena, ilaila a’u la oki,
Lawe u’a linohau, a ai ka manu iluna,
I kilohi iho kuu hana, he nani o Hudesona,
Kaikuono Papine, mea ua ae ia,
Me oe a ke aloha iwini o ke aumoa,
Auhea wale ana oe, e ka uneune puuwai,
E ke kaukini ma-lo, nana i ue laholio,
Hoomaloe i kuu kino, hooueue i ka moe,
Lana koi kahi manao, halanalana i ka leo,
O ua mea ino nei, he hoouluulu ia,
Keehi pono i ko haka, i luhi lai ko kahu,
A ao luau ai, pau ko aumakua pi kai a kaua,
I ka lihi kai o lalo, eia la he manao,
Kai hiki mai ia nei, e kali iki iho oe,
A hala ae Welehu, ka malama ino ke kau,
Hiki ae la ia Nana, pe oi kahi manao,
Olu ka noho na o ka lani me oe a ke aloha,
Iwini o ke aumoe, i mai nei o Piuta,
Ua hala kou palena, aohe koina oonei,
O kou la luu loli, a lae hao au lohe,
Ilaila ka wahine Ia, nana i nai ka moana,
He ukali aina ahi, i ka lae o Kepohoni,
Aia iho o Palema, ke noho la i ka hema,
Nana e kuhikuhi mai, ka lonitu akau,
Ike ia na degere, na kuea o ka honua,
Alo mai Kapena Kuke, ka noe i Nouaiki,
Ikiiki wale hoi au, i ka lohe pepeiao,
E ake ko’u manao, ka ike ia Panama,
I pau kuu kuhihewa, i ke kai o Inia,
Nopia o Iapana, ke hui me Ualana,
Me oe a ke aloha, iwini o ke aumoe.


Honolulu, Aperila 14, 1862.

[This is a mele known as a mele inoa for Kamamalu, but here it is submitted by Ioane Ii as a mele inoa for Kauikeaouli.]

(Hoku o ka Pakipika, 5/8/1862, p. 4)


Ka Hoku o ka Pakipika, Buke I, Helu 33, Aoao 4. Mei 8, 1862.

Here you’d be looking at a long strings of @@@@@@@@@ instead of information on Queen Kapiolani and Puna. 1876.


Please let us shake hands, your Captain and I, and insert my small contribution in an empty space of your delicate body.

On the evening of the 12th of Nov., Queen Kapiolani and her younger sister Kapooloku, Hon. L. Kaina, and the other companions of the Queen left Hilo Hanakahi and the Kanilehua rain. And the land travelling canoes that evening were pointed towards the seas of the rustling pandanus groves, and they reposed at the home of R. Lyman, Esq., along with the woman who lives in the sea of Haena in Keaau.

And the next morning, the entourage of the Queen travelled on to see the sounding pebbles of Aalamanu, and from there, to Keauhou and the shelter of coconut fronds. And aloha was shown between the Queen and her humble subjects.

And here the Queen asked for someone to take them to see the Waikoolihilihi and and the tall Hopoe Lehua, and the writer of this article patiently took them. We saw the hollow pahoehoe [uha pahoehoe?] of Hopoe, and inhaled the lima [?] and the seaweed growing upon it. And we soon looked upon the famous pool Ka Wai Koolihilihi; but there was no water in the pool as it was sucked up by the heat of the sun, for it has been months of nice weather here in Puna; there was no water to drink. There too were the lehua @@@@




When you look at the works reported by the church officials accomplished in their districts, the work of the Lord has progressed in some places but regressed in others. As for the pastor himself, the father’s work has been deft, there is nothing to fault, there is no obscene names to apply, his actions before his flock has been lively; and during the late evening hours of the day mentioned above, the meeting was adjourned. This group will meet again at Olaa on the 2nd of January, 1877. The church officials were hosted well at the home of Kalahiki with food for the body, and the aloha given by the locals was splendid. S. K. Po-opio

Keaau, Puna, H., Nov. 27, 1876.

[This paper was not typed from the unclear images available online, but from the originals. So luckily, all of those @@@@@@@@@@ portions have been transcribed and are available online. Still, it would still be worth getting the best images even of these pages, so that the typescript can be compared to the original for questionable phrases.

Now consider all of thousands of pages of newspaper with bad images that are being typescripted today. Now is the time to take clear images of them. Before typescripts are done. Why do double or triple the work? And perhaps more important, why risk having the pages touched again and again by people wanting to know what this @@@@ and that @@@@ are… Once the papers fall apart, it will be too late.]

(Lahui Hawaii, 12/21/1876, p. 2)


Ka Lahui Hawaii, Buke II, Helu 52, Aoao 2. Dekemaba 21, 1876