Alice Thompson, soil expert out of Berkeley University, 1906.

Girl from Honolulu Becomes Expert.

Here is a report we received pertaining to the eldest daughter of Professor U. Thompson of Kamehameha Boys’ School:

“BERKELEY, Jan. 12.—The dainty figure of a feminine soil expert, working with the bearded men in the agricultural college on the campus is new in the history of the university; this will be seen when Miss Alice Thompson takes her place as an assistant soil analyst in the office of Dr. Loughridge’s office on January 15.

“Miss Thompson is to be appointed by the Regents to this position, and she will be the first woman soil expert to do serious work in this line of agricultural research. There is no other young woman than Miss Thompson that is seen on campus performing this work; she has the skill that comes of natural aptitude and years of preparation for her peculiar work. For three years she has studied under Professors Jaffa, Colby and Loughridge, and also with Professor Hilgard, the great authority on soils at the school. Continue reading


Kamehameha School for Boys’ 24th annual song contest, 1945.

[Found under: “News From Boys, Girls Kamehameha School”]


Kamehameha School for Boys will present its 24 annual song contest on March 4 at the school auditorium with the eighth and ninth graders competing in the junior division at the tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade boys in the senior division.

The eighth graders have as their choice song “Beautiful Kahana” and the ninth graders choice is “Ka Anoi.” The juniors have selected “Wai Lana” and the tenth grade boys a medley of “Kuu Lei Pikake,” “Lei Awapuhi” and “Roselani.” A medley of “Na Lei O Hawaii” and “Aloha Oe” is the seniors choice. 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.

Kalihi fire, 1889.

The glowing fire on the Kalihi mountains Thursday night Feb. 21, was caused by workmen burning off the grass on the site of the new reservoir in the upper Nuuanu Valley. The fire could easily have been controlled in the first instance. As it was, it was allowed to run up a narrow ridge, and thence to spread along the flanks of the mountain until it became an extensive conflagration, destroying many vigorous young koa trees and persistently working itself down into the valley. On Friday morning, two teachers and about twenty of the largest boys in the Kamehameha School went up to the fire and after a vigorous battling with the dense smoke succeeded in hemming in the fire, and finally subdued it. The utmost care in such a dry season should be used in preventing the setting, much more the spreading, of fire in the grass and bushes above Honolulu. A few such fires would make it unnecessary to build extra reservoirs.

(Handicraft, 2/1889, p. 3)


Handicraft, Volume I, Number 2, Page 3. February 1889.

First Kamehameha class reunites, 1916.


Students of the ’91 Graduate Class of Kamehameha: Those standing from the Left—Thomas N. Haae, Charles Blake, William M. Keolanui, Samuel Kauhane, Fred K. Beckley, William K. Rathburn. Those seated—Solomon Hanohano, John K. Waiamau, William O. Crowell, Charles E. King, and Samuel Keliinoi.

[There are many priceless articles on this reunion; this includes the one that accompanies the picture which can be found here from pages 1 & 3.

It is pretty awesome that we can compare the graduation portrait of the class of 1891 which is on the Kamehameha Schools Archives page with this picture from 25 years later!]

(Kuokoa, 6/16/1916, p. 3)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LIV, Helu 24, Aoao 3. Iune 16, 1916.


More on ’93 KS graduate, Abraham Pihi, 1898.


Mr. Editor.

Aloha oe:

Should it be satisfactory to you and your workers, here is my bundle of olive leaves that is placed above, so that our many loved ones living all the way from Haehae where the sun rises to the pleasant base of Lehua where the sun sets may see it.

My beloved has gone, my companion who I would talk with in days gone by, that is my beloved man, Mr. Aprahama Pihi, who is a native and a familiar one of the land famous for the “Kanilehua” [Hilo] and the fragrant bowers of hala of Puna, and the land of the Haao Rains [Kaʻū], that is the roots of my dear husband who left me, his companion, his wife, grieving at the side of his grave. Auwe! How dreadful. Abraham Pihi was born in Puueo, Hilo, Hawaii on the 5th of January, 1872, of E. P. Hoaai (m) and Lilia Palapala (f), and the two of them had 7 children: 5 daughters and 2 sons; and 2 of them went off in search of the footprints of their parents, and 5 remain mourning on this side: 4 girls and one boy.

He was educated at the Hilo Boarding School under the principal, Rev. W. R. Oleson [W. R. Olesona]¹. After he was done there, he entered Kamehameha School in 1893. He was at that school for 1 year, but because it was learned that he had the disease that separates families, he asked the principal, that being the Rev. W. R. Oleson, to release him. He returned to Wailuku, Maui, where his mother was living with his new father, the Rev. S. Kapu; he lived with his parents until he was taken in by the disease that separates families; he was taken from his parents and his younger siblings. He was taken away to this land of no friends in 1895. The number of years he had in this world was 24 and eleven months and 13 days, when his last breath was released. Continue reading

Kamehameha School graduation, 1893.


Graduating Exercises at Kawaiahao Church—List of Graduates.

The graduating exercises of the Kamehameha Schools took place at Kawaiahao Church yesterday evening, the old stone edifice being crowded to its utmost capacity. The church was decorated with potted plants and evergreens. Revs. W. B. Oleson, the retiring principal, and S. L. Desha were seated on the platform near a picture of the founder of the school, Mrs. Bernice Pauahi Bishop. The exercises opened with orchestral music under the leadership of Prof. Berger, and was followed with a salutatory address by Samuel Mahelona delivered finely. Class statistics by Abraham Pihi preceded a song by the popular glee club. The club received an encore. Two discussions were held—one entitled, “Resolved, That an income tax is desirable for this country.” and the other, “Resolved, That large landed estates are harmful to national development.” James Harbottle and John Wahinemaikai and William Meheula and David Ai took part in the first and Henry Blake and Samuel Mahuka and I. Harbottle and Robert Baker argued on the second. The argument showed careful training and the speakers displayed good elocution. A composition, “Homes for Hawaiians,” by K. Kanehe, was an excellent effort. Moses Kauwe in “Class Prophecy” caused ripples of laughter with his quaint sayings. The valedictory was delivered by M. Hoonani, after which Principal Oleson presented the graduating class with their diplomas. Mr. Desha pronounced the benediction. The graduating class consist of: David Ai, Robert Baker, Henry Blake, Isaac Harbottle, James Harbottle, Matthew Hoonani, Kaili Kanehe, Noah Kauhane, Mose Kauwe, Solomon Mahelona, Samuel Mahuka, William Meheula, Abraham Pihi, John Wahinemaikai.

[Here is a picture of the class of 1893 found on the Kamehameha Schools Archives page. Some names given on the Archives page are not the same as found here.

Here is perhaps a more detailed article on the graduation appearing in the Hawaiian Gazette.

Yet another article in the Pacific Commercial Advertiser.

And this as well.

Also, see this touching follow up post on one of the graduates, Abraham Pihi!]

(Daily Bulletin, 6/16/1893, p. 3)


The Daily Bulletin, Volume V, Number 754, Page 3. June 16, 1893.