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Letters of Condolences from the European Monarchs to our King.
On the 14th of April, the letter from General Grant, the President of the United States, was received, expressing to our King, that he joins in the grieving for the death of Kamehameha V, and that the President was happy for Chief Lunalilo’s good fortune in ascending the throne of Hawaii nei.
And on the 29th of May, the letters arrived from the alii shown below, and we translated them into our language.
(Ko Hawaii Ponoi, 6/18/1873, p. 3)
Ko Hawaii Ponoi, Buke I, Helu 1, Aoao 3. Iune 18, 1873.
About thirty Hawaiian ladies met at 10:30 o’clock Monday, March 9, at the Kawaiahao church for the purpose of discussing the idea of raising subscriptions for a new Royal pew in that old historical building. The meeting was presided over by Mrs. A. Haalelea, Continue reading →
The picture above shows a part of the town of Honolulu capturing the grounds of what is called now, the Executive Building [Iolani Palace], seen between the years from 1852 and 1854. Continue reading →
During our vacation, our pleasant diversion was a visit to the other side of the island to attend the examination of the Catholic Seminary, known as Ahuimanu College. The trip to that point takes us over celebrated Pali, the pass and precipice which afford such a noble view of the lovely landscape on the northeaster side of the island. We went in state to the Pali with a four in hand, driven by mine host of our Hotel, who is as good a whip as he is a caterer. We partook of a dejeuner upon a knoll which overlooks the enchanting view; and then descended on foot the steep stairway of the mountain. The slope would not be so very difficult if the constant winds driving through this gorge of the mountain did not compel, sometimes, gentlemen to hold on to their hats, and ladies to hats and skirts, with both hands. The cavern of the winds seems situated hereabout, and Eolus and Boreas try to crack their cheeks in blowing on every passer-by. At the foot of the Pali we found friend Doiron awaiting us with a good vehicle and a stout horse, and having also the assistance of two boys on horseback, who attached their lariats to the shafts of our buggy, to help over the hills, away we went, a merry company of six in a trap made to carry four, and at noon on the third instant we arrived at the lovely retreat of Ahuimanu.
Father Lieven, the Principal, a stout hearty gentleman, of about forty years of age, gave us a welcome; which was heightened by meeting his coadjutor Father McGinniss, a genial son of the Isle of Faith. In the course of the day, the Venerable Bishop Monseigneur Maigret, accompanied by Father Aubert of Lahaina, arrived; and subsequently we had the honor to meet for the first time Father Damien, our hero who has devoted his life to the lepers. And soon, with this intelligent, cultivated and chatty company of Reverends, we found ourselves very pleasantly at home.
This coming year, 1876, the Kuokoa Newspaper, and Greatest Prize of the Hawaiian Nation, will gift to its people who prepay their two dollars, a superb and proud gift, that being Pictures of the seven Monarchs of Hawaii nei, from Kamehameha I, the “Napoleon of the Pacific;” Liholiho I., Kamehameha II.; Kamehameha III.; Kamehameha IV., Liholiho II.; Kamehameha V.; Lunalilo I.; and Kalakaua I. Their Pictures will be all printed on thick paper so that it can be taken care of greatly. Continue reading →
Honolulu, Nov. 1—One of the most heinous acts was carried out by some people who know nothing of honor, or who know no fear of doing evil, by them breaking down the door of the Crypt of King Lunalilo at Kawaiahao, Continue reading →