The grand celebration of the 64th birthday of Princess Ruta Keelikolani Keanolani Kanahoahoa Muolaulani Keikiheleloa Keanohalia Kaleonahenahe Kohalikolani at her newly completed Keoua Hale, 1882.

Birthday of Her Royal Highness Princess Ruth Keelikolani.

Her Royal Highness Princess Ruth Keelikolani celebrated, on Thursday last, her sixty-fourth birthday by a luau, or banquet in native Hawaiian fashion, given at H. R. H.’s new mansion in Emma-street, followed on the evening of Friday by a Reception and Ball. The occasion was indeed adopted for the “house-warming” the handsome and beautifully decorated house being only just ready for occupation. The event has been long talked of, and looked forward to, and has been the chief topic of conversation during the past week, almost to the exclusion of all others, causing the exciting events of the previous week to fall quite into the background.

The Mansion which was the scene of these festivities is situated on the land known as Kaakopua, which has a long frontage to the Ewa side of Emma-Street. It is a handsome structure of two main stories, on a high basement with an attic story and turret above. On the main floor on the mauka side of the house, are two drawing rooms which communicate with one another by a wide arch. Continue reading

Criticism on the purchase of Keoua Hale, 1895.

The stupidity of the Board of Education has been made clear. The Legislature has not approved the money to purchase Kaakopua and Keoua Hale. This is a huge sum of money, and it is better if they purchased some other land and built buildings for the high school, and not that beautiful house which will cost a lot to clean it up, as a place for a few people to live haughtily and snobbily off the money of the Government. It is true!

(Makaainana, 8/12/1895, p. 8)

Ua akaka loa aenei hoi ka hupo...

Ka Makaainana, Buke IV—-Ano Hou, Helu 7, Aoao 8. Augate 12, 1895.

Keoua Hale furnishings put on auction, 1895.

[Found under: “KELA A ME KEIA.”]

Keoua Hale was crowded this past Tuesday with people going to see the auction of the furniture of Bishop. The bed of Keelikolani went for $200.

[At the death of Keelikolani, Keoua Hale became the residence of Bernice Pauahi and Charles Reed Bishop. I wonder what became of this bed.]

(Makaainana, 3/18/1895, p. 8)

Laukanaka o Keoua Hale...

Ka Makaainana, Buke III—-Ano Hou, Helu 2, Aoao 8. Maraki 18, 1895.

Keoua Hale becomes Honolulu High School, 1895.

Honolulu High School [Kula Kiekie o Honolulu].

The illustration above is of the beautiful house of Princess R. Keelikolani, standing in Honolulu, and called Keoua Hale. It is said that when many drawings of houses were placed before the alii for her to choose from, she looked through the many and chose the drawing of this house and instructed the artist, “build me a house like that.” Therefore, a house like the one in the picture was constructed to completion which now stands proudly, the building which graces that portion of Honolulu on Emma Street on the land of Kaakopua. Continue reading

Birthday of Princess Keelikolani, 1882.


It became an unforgettable day for the many who gathered at Kaakopua in Honolulu nei, on this past Thursday, February 9, 1882, those being the people who were sent an invitation, and not only people of Honolulu, but from all over the Archipelago; they totaled more than a thousand and went to express their congratulations to and beloved prayers for her highness turning sixty-three years from when she was born, for she was born on the 9th of February of the year 1818, and so she has indeed reached an old age, and she is the very last descendent of the Kamehamehas still living. Continue reading