Remembering, 1909.


Because Memorial Day [ka la Lu Pua] fell on this Sunday, therefore the parade was postponed until the following Monday; there were not that many people who went to watch the events of the day.

If this Monday was the actual Memorial Day, then there would have been a lot of spectators; such as by strewing flowers on graves and then return and watch the parade as they marched up for Maemae Cemetery. Continue reading


“Annexation movement is practically unanimous,” 1893.


William Brewster Oleson of Hawaii Talks of the Situation at Home.

William Brewster Oleson, principal of the Kamehameha (Hawaii) Manual Training School, was in the city yesterday on business. He left Honolulu four weeks ago to transact private business. Before returning he will go to Washington to do what he can to create a sentiment among Congressmen in favor of annexation. Continue reading

Aloha Aina, 1893.


We reported that the students of Saint Louis School were forbidden from wearing annexation ribbons upon their chests. That is patriotism. And we also reported that the students of Kamehameha School were ordered to wear annexation ribbons at the urging of the teacher. How lamentable for the Hawaiian youths that are pushed in to giving up their land of birth.

(Hawaii Holomua, 4/13/1893, p. 2)


Hawaii Holomua, Buke III, Helu 200, Aoao 2. Aperila 13, 1893.

Banyan trees planted by graduating class of Kamehameha School, 1894.

Presentation of the Kamehameha School.

On the 26th of June, that being a Tuesday, there was held a ceremony to erect a monument to the students graduating from the school, before a large audience. John S. Aea was who spoke about the reason the children planted banyan [baniana] trees, and after this was over, each child who is graduating [e hemo ana] planted his tree. After this was done, the audience was invited to go beneath the shade of the trees to partake of the light refreshments prepared , and that was the close of the activities of the day. Continue reading

John Wise on Hawaiian Homes and more, 1921.

The Question about the Work Ethic of Hawaiians.

Your writer [John Wise], continues to defend the Hawaiian lahui from being attacked by that question above.

The Hawaiians have perhaps become much talked about amongst those who do not know them and who are not familiar with their accomplishments of today and of the past. And maybe mostly these days for the land being given to us. Your writer frequently clashes with all kinds of other people who protest the giving of land to Hawaiians, because of the ridiculous idea that they don’t know how to work or that they are lazy.

In these attacks, we can see, O Lahui, that they are carried with criticisms and that it is would be a waste to confirm their misbeliefs. But so that the Hawaiians may answer these questions, your writer wants to be made known for all times the sound justification for our side. The readers of past issues of the Kuokoa have seen the responses given by the Commissioner in Washington, and they have seen also the other justifications given, in the newspaper.

The ultimate representation of the skill of a people is their supplying themselves with food and the things necessary for their livelihood. There perhaps is no better response than that. This lahui was living by  themselves for centuries, supplying themselves with everything, and received no assistance from the outside.

But there are things made by this lahui, things that attest to their fine craftsmanship, that will serve as a measure of their skills. Those that see Hawaiian canoes and their manufacture and how they can get Hawaiians through great gales, remaining solid in the dangers of the pounding of waves; how they could make beautiful canoes by using stone adzes; the distance they were taken from mountain to the sea; the patience of the canoe makers. All of these things will show, without being contradicted, that just by seeing the quality of the canoes can one see that this is a lahui that knows how to work. We see the canoes of today being made by people from other lands, and the canoes made by Hawaiians are far more well made and beautiful.

The beauty of things crafted by a people are undeniable proof of the work ethic of that people. Where will you find things more beautiful, O Hawaiians, if you travel all over the world, than the ahuula that are preserved at the Museum of Kamehameha School. Where is the lahui that lives on today, or perhaps has disappeared, that can make these outstanding works, with a beauty second to none, with fine craftsmanship, and patience; with a true sense of work ethic. Snaring birds is a great task all in itself, the inserting [kuku ana] of the feathers is a big job. One mamo feather cloak was said to have been started during the time of Umi and completed during the time of Kamehameha. For this ahu, the entire ahu were done with mamo feathers. And by our counting back, we see that ten generations of ancient kings passed on before the completion of this ahu; showing that it took from about 250 to 300 years of work. Where is there a great work that was completed by a people taking hundreds of years to construct? We perhaps can think of huge things, but as for something of this nature which required the knowledge and patience of men, there is no equal. Continue reading

Chorus at Kamehameha, 1889.

Chorus Singing receives its fair share of attention at Kamehameha School. There are very few solo voices among the pupils, but all sing in the choruses. The influence of good music on a school must be itself good; and it is the purpose of the teachers of singing to familiarize the pupils with standard music. They hold that even for simple exercises selections should be made from works of merit. Beethoven and Handel have furnished exercises for them; and on Founder’s Day the boys sand “The Heavens are Telling,” from Hayden’s Creation, arranged as a Te Deum by Dudley Buck; as well as one of Mendelssohn’s four-part songs.

(Handicraft, 1/1883, p. 3)


Handicraft, Volume 1, Number 1, Page 3. January 1889.

Kamehameha School’s “Handicraft,” 1889.


The hand wields the scepter.



As a convenient medium of communication with the friends and patrons of Kamehameha School, it is believed that Handicraft will receive a cordial welcome. It will be our aim to foster the interest of the public in our school, and to keep prominent the subject of manual training.

We shall make this emphatically a Kamehameha journal. While taking note of all educational matters in our little Kingdom, we shall specially aim to serve the interests of this school, and to promote its growth and development.

[The priceless issues of the Handicraft are just one of the many cool items from Kamehameha Schools’ history found on their Archives page.]

(Handicraft, 1/1889, p. 2)


Handicraft, Volume I, Number 1, Page 2. January 1889.

Henry Wilfred Waiau weds Isabela Kaheapuulani Akiona, 1911.


Mr. Solomon Hanohano, Editor, Aloha oe: Please allow me some space of the pride of the people, so that everyone from Hawaii, island of Keawe, all the way to the sun-snatching island of Manokalanipo (Kauai), knows of the marriage of Henry Wilfred Waiau of the calm seas of Kona, where you had affection in the days of your youth, distinguished by the passing of the cloud banks and the hinano flowers in the calm, with the type-setting girl of the garden island of Manokalanipo.

After Henry Wilfred Waiau spent a year or more on Kauai, Miss Isabela Kaheapuulani Akiona of the island of Manokalanipo, the island that snatches the shining rays of the sun from the tip of Kumukahi and setting at the base of Lehua, proudly took him (H. W. Waiau) and placed him in the sacred stage of the covenant of matrimony at 8 oʻclock in the evening of last Wednesday, and the two of them were joined by Rev. W. Kamau of the church of Lihue, Kauai.
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