This must have been an awesome image, 1875.



Kuokoa Newspaper for 1876!

This coming year, 1876, the Kuokoa Newspaper, and Greatest Prize of the Hawaiian Nation, will gift to its people who prepay their two dollars, a superb and proud gift, that being Pictures of the seven Monarchs of Hawaii nei, from Kamehameha I, the “Napoleon of the Pacific;” Liholiho I., Kamehameha II.; Kamehameha III.; Kamehameha IV., Liholiho II.; Kamehameha V.; Lunalilo I.; and Kalakaua I. Their Pictures will be all printed on thick paper so that it can be taken care of greatly. Continue reading


A. A. Montano and Queen Emma’s portraits, 1880.

[Found under: “NOTES OF THE WEEK.”]

We notice in Mr. Montano’s window a large-sized full length portrait of H. M. Queen Emma. The likeness is good and the attitude and bearing truly Queenly. Continue reading

The new king, Kamehameha IV, 1855.

Give ear Hawaii o Keawe! Maui o Kama! Oahu o Kuihewa! Kauai o Mano!

In the providence of God, and by the will of his late Majesty Kamehameha III, this day read in your hearing, I have been called to the high and responsible position of the Chief Ruler of this nation. I am deeply sensible of the importance and sacredness of the great trust committed to my hands, and, in the discharge of this trust I shall abide by the Constitution and laws which I have just sworn to maintain and support. It is not my wish to entertain you on the present occasion with pleasant promises for the future; but I trust the close of my career will show that I have not been raised to the head of this nation to  oppress it and curse it, but on the contrary to cheer and bless it, and that when I come to my end I may, like the beloved chief whose funeral we yesterday celebrated, pass from earth amid the bitter lamentation of my people. Continue reading

Na olelo a ka moi hou, Kamehameha IV, 1855.


Hawaii o Keawe, Maui o Kama, Oahu o Kuihewa, Kauai o Mano. Ma lokomaikai o ke Akua, ua kahea ia mai au e noho ma keia wahi kiekie, a e lalau hoi i keia hana nui, oia hoi ka lilo i makua no oukou, a me ka noho ma ka noho Alii, o keia Aupuni. Ua ike no au he hana nui keia i waiho ia mai ma ko’u lima, aka, ma ka hana ana e mama iki ana paha, ma ka hahai pololei mamuli o ke Kumukanawai a’u i hoohiki iho nei e malama imua o ke Akua mana loa a me oukou, aole hiki ia kakou ke ike i ka kakou mau hana ma keia hope aku, aka, e hooikaika kakou, i mea e like ai ko kakou mahaloia mahope o ko kakou haalele ana i keia ao, e like me ke aloha ia o ka poe i hala, ke aloha ia hoi o na milimili a oukou, eke aloha ia hoi o ko’u haku, ihi o Manokalanipo. Continue reading

Kamehameha IV visits Nihoa, 1857.

The French man of war “Eurydice” arrived from Nihoa with Kamehameha IV, the King, and the Governor of Oahu [Kekuanaoa], on the 25th of April.

They were on Nihoa touring, and the trip was fine, and they returned in good health. They brought back three “Elephants of the sea,” from there.

Tomorrow, the vessel will return to Oahu.

Hanalei, Kauai, Ap. 27, 1857.

(Hae Hawaii, 5/13/1857, p. 26)


Ka Hae Hawaii, Buke 2, Ano Hou.—Helu 7, Aoao 26. Mei 13, 1857.

Queen Emma sends condolences to Mataio Kekuanaoa, 1866.

News of the Royal Court

Through the kindness of His Highness Mataio Kekuanaoa, we put before our readers these loving words of our Queen Emma.

Upper Gore Lodge, England
Kensington, July 23, 1866.

My Father; Much Aloha:

During these dark days of distress of ours and the nation, I have much aloha for you and the One who left us. Alas for my sister-in-law [kaikoeke], my companion of the land from when we were children. The sun and the rain are companions, joined together by us are the sea spray and the rains steady on the barren fields and the forests; your leader of the islands. How sad; aloha for that lei of ours, my child, and aloha for my dear husband. Alas for you all! My heart is troubled as I am separated alone in a foreign land. It is as if this trip to introduce the Archipelago to the Great Nations of the World is a waste of time. But be patient, O Father, don’t give up, and leave us. For there is one who remains from your loins. Be patient.

With a heavy heart,

Your child,

(Signed) Kaleleonalani.

[There were so many deaths amongst the alii during these years, Ka Haku o Hawaii and Kamehameha IV, and now, Victoria Kamamalu. Not long after, her hanai mother, Grace Kamaikui Young Rooke would pass on. These were indeed dark days for Queen Emma.]

(Kuokoa, 10/6/1866, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke V, Helu 40, Aoao 2. Okatoba 6, 1866.