Commemorating Hawaii’s role in WWI, 1919.


In the middle is the commemorative statue for Hawaii’s part it took in the war that was sculpted by the sculptor Roger Noble Burnham. This is that statue that is intended to be placed outside of Kapiolani Park in the area set aside for it by the legislature.

This is the Memorial that Hawaii wanted to stand for all times, something for the people to look upon. On one side of the sculpture is a war leader, and on the other side, a Hawaiian girl. Beneath this is a soldier on one side and a sailor on the other side.

(Kuokoa, 5/16/1919, p. 1)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LVII, Helu 20, Aoao 1. Mei 16, 1919.

Queen Liliuokalani attends historical play at Kapiolani Park, 1916.


SOME SCENES THAT WERE SHOWN—(1) Kakuhihewa, King of Oahu. (2) The Alii and Kaukau Alii of King Lonoikamakahiki of Hawaii leaving the throne. (3) King Lonoikamakahiki. (4) The Chiefs and Attendants in the Procession. (5) Queen Liliuokalani, and Her Companions watching the Performance. (6) The Attendants of Queen Kaikilani. (7) The Retainers of Queen Kaikilani. Continue reading

Congratulations Waikiki Aquarium, 110 years old! 1904 / 2014.


A Place to Learn and Enjoy for the Visitors.


On the Saturday of this past week, the Aquarium of Hawaii, which stands in Waikiki, makai of Kapiolani Park opened for viewing. This opening was not an opening for the general public, but it was for just those who were invited to come see. This Sunday is when it will be open to the public.

Earlier, it was reported in the columns of the Kilohana¹ that a home will be built where Hawaii’s fishes will be kept, and in the end, the report has come true as the building was entered by the invited guests and will be entered by Honolulu’s people on Sunday.

Many years ago, there was a thought to build an aquarium in Honolulu nei, and Dr. Dorn was the one to come up with the idea; however, because the Government held back some of the resources, this idea by the doctor was dropped and it slept quietly until it was revived by the Rapid Transit Company [Hui Kaauwila]. This idea was considered seriously by this group, when Mr. James Castle [Kimo Kakela] and Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Cooke stepped in and encouraged the effort.

Mr. James Castle gave a portion of the land of Kapiolani Park, which he held in lease, as a place to build this home. When Mr. C. M. Cooke and his wife joined in this effort, that is when the Rapid Transit Company realized that their dream that they were dreaming would come true, and Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Cooke graciously gave the money for the construction. Therefore, the Rapid Transit Company was left to collect Hawaii’s fishes for the aquarium, and that is how the aquarium here on Oahu came to be.

This is seen in the great lands all over the world, and its importance is recognized. One of the benefits is that knowledge is gained by those studying the life of fish, and this is taught at universities. And some thousands of people graduate, being educated in where various ocean fishes live, like whales, sharks, the fishes of the ocean floor, and outside of those, the small fishes of the sea shore.

At the aquarium of Hawaii mentioned above are the many fishes of Hawaii; the ocean fishes are separated from the fresh-water fishes, and according to the visitors who went to see this new place and who have seen the displays of the Foreign Lands, …

¹From the subtitle of the Kuokoa Newspaper: “Ke Kilohana Pookela no ka Lahui Hawaii” [The Greatest Prize of the Hawaiian Nation]

[Go check out the Waikiki Aquarium today, Saturday, 3/22/2014! The 110th anniversary celebration continues with fun for the entire family! $1.10 admission to the Waikiki Aquarium all day! Activities include: the Great Marine Chalk Art Draw and Kids Doodle Zone, entertainment by the UH Rainbow Marching Band, Rainbow Dancers, and other guests groups, a special performance of the musical “Honu by the Sea,” free giveaways (while supplies last), LEGO build area, samples from Pepsi, educational and entertaining activities and much more!]

(Kuokoa, 3/25/1904, p. 1) Continue reading

More on the famous paniolo of Waimea, 1908.

The Boys of Waimea are Victorious!

Ikua Purdy is the Champion Roper of the World—Archie Kaaua took 3rd—the American Boys are Weak¹.


Hanohano wale no o Mauna Kea
A ka hau e hoohenoheno nei
Me ka Ua Kipuupuu ame ke anu o Waimea
Me ka Ua Kipuupuu ame ke anu o Waimea

E walea ana paha, e nanea ana paha
I ka hone a ke kai hawanawana
Me ka Ua Kipuupuu ame ke anu o Waimea
Me ka Ua Kipuupuu ame ke anu o Waimea

CHEYENNE, Wyoming, August 22—Ikua Purdy of Hawaii took the name of champion of the world in the roping contest held today for the first time. It took 56 seconds from the release of the steer until it was tied fast. Archie Kaaua [Achie Kaaua] took 3rd, and Jack Low took 6th, and they are all from Hawaii.

The Hawaiian boys took 1st, 3rd, and 6th places in the great contest of Wyoming; this is news which all Hawaiian hearts can be happy about, for the honor garnered by our boys. Many expert ropers showed up, from the forests of the north, the champion of the wire lasso of the rugged plains of Alaska, the experts from the furrowed lands of the far south, the champion rider of the Pampas, the lightning-handed champion of Texas, and so many more; however, all of their knowledge and preparation was overcome by Ikua Purdy. Not one of them was his match, with his swift and skilled lassoing and felling of the steer in short time. 56 seconds was not the fastest time made by Ikua Purdy like the 38 3/4 seconds he achieved at Kapiolani Park some years earlier, however, it should be kept in mind that the conditions there are not the same as ours. McPhee is the one with the fastest time, 37 2/5 seconds gotten at a big contest held in Cheyenne, Wyoming, but from that time to now, he did not make that time again; he was constantly defeated by the Hawaiian boys in contests after that.


Glorious is Mauna Kea
Graced with snow
With the Kipuupuu Rain and the cold of Waimea
With the Kipuupuu Rain and the cold of Waimea

Relaxing at ease
At the soft whispering sea
With the Kipuupuu Rain and the cold of Waimea
With the Kipuupuu Rain and the cold of Waimea

¹I’m not sure if “Lahilahi” here is referring to the American boys being “deflated”…

(Kuokoa Home Rula, 8/28/1908, p. 1)

Lanakila na Keiki o Waimea!

Kuokoa Home Rula, Buke VI, Helu 35, Aoao 1. Augate 28, 1908.

Artifacts from the 1895 Counter-Revolutionary War, 1912.


A Prisoner Found it While Digging up Dirt This Past Monday.


They were ammunition of the Monarchial Government Which Got There in the Revolutionary War.

Outside of Kapiolani Park last Monday, two artillery shells were found when the prisoners were in the middle of digging in the area where they are working; they are huge artillery that would have injured many if they had received those evil pills.

It was only by chance that the two shells were found, and it was lucky that the prisoner did not suffer injury when he came upon the shells as he hit one of them while digging with his pick; if it had blown up at that time, it would have been disaster, but that did not happen.

After the inmate perceived this solid thing that he was digging with his pick, he figured it was probably a rock or something, and put down his pick and began to dig with his hands.

While digging with his hands, he spotted something shiny like metal, and he kept at it until out from the dirt amazingly came two artillery shells from the same place.

A Chinese man who saw these two huge shells brought them here in town after wrapping them in newspapers so that they would not explode when knocking against something.

When it was understood where these shells appeared, there was confirmation from those who participated in the Civil War of 1895 that they were taken from the palace grounds by the soldiers of the government while the Hawaiian troops were gathering at the outskirts of Diamond Head.

(Kuokoa, 3/8/1912, p. 1)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLVIII, Helu 10, Aoao 1. Maraki 8, 1912.

Just another reason why the Hawaiian-Language Newspapers need to be reshot. 2012.

[Here is what the typical picture looks like from a Hawaiian-Language Newspaper when you see it online. This particular image is of the horse races at Kapiolani Park in 1913.]

Ikeia Na Heihei Like Ole Mawaho o Kapiolani Paka

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLIX, Helu 1, Aoao 1. Ianuari 3, 1913.

[However, that image taken by a total amateur with an average camera shot directly from the newspaper looks like this.]

Ikeia Na Heihei Like Ole Mawaho o Kapiolani Paka

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLIX, Helu 1, Aoao 1. Ianuari 3, 1913.

Land next to Kapiolani Park on sale, 1896.

One Thousand (1,000) Land Parcel at Kapiolani Park for Sale.

There are 1,000 plus Parcels of Land, 50 feet wide and 100 feet long, upland of Kapiolani Park, adjacent to the house lots of Messrs. C. Brown, H. J. Nolte, T. Hollinger and some others.

These Parcels will be sold at low prices that have never been seen here in Honolulu before, from the time of the rule of Kauikeaouli, the Kind-hearted (Kamehameha III).

The water will be laid when the buyers are ready to build their houses.

The price of the Lots run from $100.00 per Lot, all the way down to $50.00.

There is no better time to get a home.

Installment pay is acceptable.

For anything else, inquire at

W. C. Achi & Co.

Broker of Real Estate.

Honolulu, November 25, 1889.

(Makaainana, 12/14/1896, p. 2)

Hookahi (1,000) Tausani Apana Aina ma Kapiolani Paka no ke Kuai.

Ka Makaainana, Buke VI----Ano Hou, Helu 24, Aoao 2. Dekemaba 14, 1896.