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YESTERDAY MADE A FULL ONE-HUNDRED YEARS SINCE THE MISSIONARIES LEFT BOSTON.
The image below is of the very first group of Missionaries to leave Boston, on the 23 of the month of October, 1819. Yesterday makes a full one hundred years from their leaving America aboard the brig [mokupe’a] Thaddeus, and landed at Kailua, Hawaii, on the 4th of April, 1820. Seen are each of their names beneath their pictures; and on the 10th of April of this coming year, it will be a hundred years since their arrival in Hawaii nei, with commemorations held for them by Hawaii’s people in this town. Continue reading →
Antiquities of Hawaii nei.—At 10 o’clock in the morning of this past Saturday, Mar. 8, the valuables of old Hawaii which were advertised earlier were auctioned off by E. P. Adams. The house was filled with all sorts of people, and some objects went for high bids. The feather mahiole of Kaumualii went for the price of $120. This headdress went for a very low price; it is believed that never again will there be available a mahiole of that kind. The care given to all of the objects by the mother who has passed [Mrs. Whitney] was very good.
It is the Feather Helmet of Kaumualii!—During the days of this past week, displayed in the window of Whitney’s Bookstore the regalia of the Ancient Kings of Hawaii nei. The Mahiole is Kaumualii’s, the last King of Kauai. Mrs. Whitney [Wini] the elder who just passed was the one who was taking care of the mahiole, and it is one of the things remaining today of the beautiful works of the people of old. We praise the fine upkeep by the beloved missionary mother who passed, for on display, it seemed as if it was made yesterday; the feathers appeared new. On the sides of the mahiole were red feathers taken from the Iiwi polena, and feathers of the maha Oo are on top of the mahiole from this side to that of the crest. This should definitely be kept in the Hawaiian Museum. We believe that it is 60 years old.
Santa Clara, Apr. 20. This morning Mrs. Maria Whitney Pogue, the first haole girl to be born in the Hawaiian archipelago, died after a long illness. She was eighty years old. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Whitney, missionaries who arrived first with other missionaries for the islands. This girl was educated in Boseton, and she came here five years ago.
(Aloha Aina, 5/5/1900, p. 6)
Ke Aloha Aina, Buke VI, Helu 18, Aoao 6. Mei 5, 1900.