Hawaiian Band and the parade for the Knights Templar, 1883.


A Splendid Reception.

San Francisco, 18.—The arrival of the St. Bernard commandery, of Chicago was the event of the day. A delegation from the San Francisco Commandery proceeded as far as Truckee, to welcome them to the Pacific coast. The special honors tendered them are in recognition of the welcome the latter gave to the Pacific coast Knights at the Chicago conclave. On their arrival this morning they were met at the ferry landing by the Knights of the city commanderies, accompanied by Knights from Illinois now here; all in full dress uniform, after the exchange of greetings the knights fell into line, led by the Hawaiian band, and followed by the California commandery mounted. The Presidio band, Golden Gate commandery, St. Bernard band and St. Bernard commandery bringing up the rear. In this order they reached the Baldwin Hotel selected as the headquarters of the Chicago commandery. As an evidence of the marked attention paid them, one detail may be mentioned. Each cigar purchased for their use was provided with a band on which was painted, in colors, the name of their commandery while each box, specially made, was emblazoned with the device, St. Bernard. Mrs. Moulton, wife of the commander, was presented with a flower piece, three fee long and two in breadth, representing every variety of the choicest flowers of California. Including knights from Oregon and Washington Territory, it is estimated that 3,000 persons arrived in this city within the last twenty-four hours.

(Salt Lake Daily Herald, 8/19/1883, p. 1)


Salt Lake Daily Herald, Volume XIV, Number 64, Page 1. August 19, 1883.

50th Anniversary of the Bana Hawaii, 1919

Pictures 1—The Hawaiian Band taken in San Francisco in 1883. 2—The band on the steps of the new Palace and the Executive Building [Hale Mana Hooko] today, taken in 1884. The new uniforms of the boys seen in this picture was sent by mistake from America to Honduras, Central America. 3—The Band lead by [Jose S.] Libornio that refused to swear under the Provisional Government in 1893. 4—The picture of J. K. Pohina [James K. Pohina], the only man left of the 26 who established the band 50 years ago, who is still with the Hawaiian Band. 5—The band at the Golden Gate, of San Francisco, at a banquet in 1895. 6—The band today at their new home on Waiakamilo Street, Kalihi. 7—The Bana Hawaii leading the parade of the Great Secret Society Knights Templars in San Francisco, August 20, 1883.


When Kamehameha V was ruling fifty years ago, the Hawaiian Band was established by a British man named Mr. Northcett, under orders of the King. On that day 26 young men were chosen for the band from the reformatory school of Keoneula, and the teaching of this knowledge to them was immediately began. The king had this idea first and so brass instruments were ordered earlier and they arrived here in Honolulu before he chose Mr. Northcett as the instructor to teach the boys. Continue reading