Thank you to all the mothers in this world and the next, 1922, 2020.


At Kaumakapili Church this Sunday, the 14th, at 11 o’clock, there will be held a prayer assembly being there was a proclamation by the Governor; therefore the public is invited with aloha to fill the Church, for it will be a special day that is to be commemorated every year. Continue reading


Mother’s Day in Lahaina, 1941.

[Found under: “Na Hunahuna Mea Hou O Maui”]

A celebration of Mother’s Day [La o na Makuahine] was held at Wainee Church last Sunday with singing of some beautiful songs by the choir and Rev. L. B. Kaumeheiwa said some words pertaining to “MAKUAHINE.”

(Hoku o Hawaii, 5/14/1941, p. 1)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXVI, Number 3, Aoao 1. Mei 14, 1941.

Mother’s Day, 1940.

Ka La O Na Makuahine

This past Sunday was the day for mothers, and it was a day that children remember their mothers. People wear red and white flowers. The white flowers represent mothers who have gone to the other world, and red flowers are for mothers who are here living.

On that day we recognize, the people whose mothers are living and also those whose mothers have died. Continue reading

Mother’s Day observed in Hawaii nei, 1914.


This past Sunday a great number of makaainana of Honolulu nei observed the day for mothers, and everywhere was seen the symbol showing their united mind to make this a day of commemoration.

Just a few years ago, Honolulu’s people became accustomed to celebrating mother’s day, whereas it was for years that some places in the world commemorated this day, and along with the flow of time, it has become known all over the world, and on that Sunday, all the enlightened lands of the world join together in celebrating the day.

Within a great many churches, homes, and places frequented by crowds, white carnations [ponimoi] were seen, along with other white blossoms, showing the joint idea of everyone that this is a day for mothers.

It was as if it was upon pulpits of churches that were given sermons about mothers; and whether they passed on to the next world, or they are still living, there is one important thing, that their children all remember their mothers.

(Kuokoa, 5/15/1914, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LII, Helu 20, Aoao 2. Mei 15, 1914.

Mother’s Day at Honokaa Union Church, 1942.

[Found under: “Meahou O Na Kohala Ame Hamakua.”]

This past Sunday was the “Day of Mothers.” A commemoration was held at the Union Church of Honokaa by the Rev. Abraham Poepoe and Lloyd Davis of Kohala.

Jocelin Poepoe sang the song “Mother” and Poepoe [? Abraham] played the piano. There was a trio with Poepoe, Mrs. Reinhardt and Mrs. Victoria Braun, singing “O Iesu Kuu Mea e Ola’i,” and Mrs. Lloyd Davis sang “Love Never Faileth,” and Mrs. Victoria Braun played the piano.

[This was found in the regular column written by Hattie Linohaupuaokekoolau Saffery Reinhardt on news from North and South Kohala and Hamakua.]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 5/13/1942, p. 1)

Ma keia sabati iho ka "La o Na Makuahine."...

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXVII, Number 3, Aoao 1. Mei 13, 1942.

Let everyday be Mother’s Day, but… 1941.

[Found under: “Na Hunahuna Mea Hou o Maui.”]

The observance of Mother’s Day throughout the world was a great day. Every mother has a respect to mankind for she is queen among her friends and family.

M—stands for mother the one we all love

O—is for the others that are watching from above

T—is for the tears she shed for us, and

H—for the heart we always could trust,

E—is for the ears they listened to our cries,

R—is for remembrance when she dies, and

S—stands for saints which will greet in Paradise.

D—is for the death that will take her away,

A—stands for aloha which means love in the Hawaiian way

Y—remains for the years of love which have woven into a beautiful lei.

[This appears in Mrs. Banham’s regular column on news items from Maui. Acrostics also appear in Hawaiian-Language Newspapers in the Hawaiian Language from very early on.]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 5/14/1941, p. 1)

The observance of Mother's Day...

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXVI, Number 3, Aoao 1. Mei 14, 1941.

Happy Mother’s Day, 1933.


Just as has been the custom these past years, the day for mothers has been observed, and flowers were placed on the breasts of the mothers on this past Sunday. Gladdened were the mothers as well at the children. What really should be done is that the children should always do what makes their mothers happy, and so too should they always do what makes their fathers happy and everyone else.

(Alakai o Hawaii, 5/25/1933, p. 2)


Ke Alakai o Hawaii, Buke 6, Helu 4, Aoao 2. Mei 25, 1933.

Beginnings of Mother’s Day in Hawaii nei, 1913.


It would appear that this is the third or second year perhaps here in Honolulu in which we have remembered mothers on this past Sunday; this is foreign to us, but it will maybe become something regular in the future, like the other foreign observances that have come amongst us.

While our mothers are still living is the time that they should be remembered, and not just for that day that was set aside, but we believe that we are indebted for all that our mother’s put up with for our sake, and we invite each and everyone to give in all manner their love to their mothers. Continue reading

The beginnings of Fathers’ Day, 1911.


Started by Mrs. John B. Dodd of Spokane, Washington, and observed in that city in the year 1910, was the first remembrance for fathers, the right hands of mothers, the ones who strive to look after the well being of their families.

The day for fathers is the third Sunday of June, like the one for mothers which is celebrated on the Second Sunday of May.

There is much criticism about the day for fathers, because there are many fathers who forget their homes on Saturday nights and throw their money at all sorts of worldly entertainments. But this is not true of all fathers; there are fathers who think first of their homes, their wife, and their children, and then after their entertainment; and for those fathers, and all fathers, Aloha for them should be given by the children who are living.

The symbol of remembrance for fathers is a Rose of any color; that is while the father is still living, this should be pinned on the chest, but for the father who has died, a White Rose should be pinned;  just as remembrances are held on the day for mothers, so too should the be for fathers. The theme on fathers’ will be announced at the Churches.

[Let Fathers’ Day be everyday while you can!]

(Aloha Aina, 5/13/1911, p. 1)


Ke Aloha Aina, Buke XV, Helu 19, Aoao 1. Mei 13, 1911.

Mothers’ Day, 1913.

The Day for Mothers, May 18.

This coming Sunday, May 18th, is the day to remember Mothers; the symbol of that day is the White Carnation [Poni Moi] placed on the suit of men, and on the fronts of women and children. It shows you remember your mother who took care of you from when you were a baby until you were an old man or woman. Whether she has died or she is still living.

(Kuu Hae Hawaii, 5/9/1913, p. 11)

Ka La o na Makuahine Mei 18.

Kuu Hae Hawaii, Buke I, Helu 3, Aoao 11. Mei 9, 1913.