Mary Mahiai, what a story! 1901.


The picture above is of Mary Mahiai, a Hawaiian woman who is ninety years old or more. Last week, she was called to court over land that is being fought over. Here, her story was heard. Because of her good story and her long life, one of our writers went once again to ask her about her history. And this is it:

I don’t know when I was born, but I was born before the arrival of the missionaries. I was very small at that time, and maybe I was this tall. One day, we boarded a canoe, her Uncle and five others; they wanted to visit Molokai. They were caught up in a storm in the middle of the ocean, and blown outward; they did not eat for ten days and nights. Because I was so young, I cried a lot. I wanted to eat, and I was thirsty. We had nothing to eat, and had no water left. Water came in the waa, and some of us drank the bilge water. We were near crazy with hunger and thirst. We lost hope that we would live. One day we spotted a ship. We tried to get noticed. We were fetched and taken aboard the ship. My duty aboard the ship was to care for the children. The captain and his wife were kind. We landed at Lardone [??]. Five of them got off with the intent of living there. We heard that they were eaten after that by the people this place. My uncle and I went all the way to China. I cared for the baby some missionaries, Mr. and Mrs. Brown. Thereafter, my uncle died and I was left alone with those haole. I was the caretaker of the baby. I lived for perhaps six whole years in China. I travelled around many places. Later, Mrs. Brown died. I lived with Mr. and Mrs. Bates. After that he wanted to go to California to prospect for gold. We accompanied him on a boat, and saw Cape Horn [Kepahoni], that place famous for rough seas. I saw many lands. I lived for three months in the gold fields. I wanted very much to return to Hawaii. Afterwards, these haole agreed and we all left for Hawaii nei. When we arrived, I immediately wrote to my parents and younger siblings. They came to Honolulu at once. They believed that I had died earlier. My father died without me knowing him.

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Queen Emma’s foreign travels and patriotism abroad, 1866.

Hawaiian Boy in New York.

U. S. Steamer “Don” Navy Yard,

New York, August 13, 1866.

O Kuokoa Newspaper: Aloha oe:

I am P. K. Someone under your care; I am stating my hope before the friends living under the protection of King Kamehameha V, the King of the Hawaiian Islands.

The Queen of the Hawaiian Archipelago landed in New York on the 8th of August, 1866 from Britain. The ship Java entered New York harbor and a 21 gun salute was sounded at the fort, in aloha for Queen Emma Kaleleonalani.

Another day thereafter, the Queen went aboard the welcoming vessel called the Receiving Ship Vermont. When she went aboard, a 42 gun salute was sounded, and afterwards, she went aboard the Revenue Cutter ship. There were many distinguished people who went along with her to show honor to her Queenship, and there were many prominent girls of the United States of America who went touring along with her within New York City, and they felt admiration for the Queen and they called her Her Excellency before all other foreign lands [? imua o na aina e]. She was brought from the Nation of Hawaii.

Thereafter, she went to the city of the president [? alii kui] of the United States, where she was hosted with dignity for their aloha for the Queen of the Hawaiian Islands, Emma Rooke.

Therefore, I am overjoyed for our Queen, as I speak before the girls of the Nation of Hawaii about the grandeur of their Queen Emma, and because of this they should be joyful when the Queen arrives in the Hawaiian Nation. Here is another thing which I say before you all, our Queen is someone who is greatly honored by the enlightened nations, by her travelling in foreign lands with humility. She is not pretentious like some other women; she is greatly spoken of by reputable women of other nations, and they hold her in high esteem; therefore, O Girls of the Hawaiian Nation, be respectful of your Queen, like the fine girls of the United States who admire your Queen, the Queen Dowager Emma.

With appreciation,

P. Kelekai.

(Kuokoa, 10/ 13/1866, p. 3)

Keiki Hawaii ma Nu Ioka

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke V, Helu 41, Aoao 3. Okatoba 13, 1866.

Something to see, 1868.

[Found under: “LOCAL NEWS: Oahu.”]

A picture of the Legislature of Hawaii.—In Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper of New York, on the 4th of January, we just saw that there was printed in that paper a picture of the opening and the adjourning of the Legislature of 1866. Perhaps it was disseminated by a newspaper, and from there its likeness was drawn, however, when we gave it a glance, it wasn’t similar at all.

(Kuokoa, 2/29/1868, p. 2)

Ke kii o ka Hale Ahaolelo Hawaii.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke VII, Helu 9, Aoao 2. Feberuari 29, 1868.

Paper Lei and Hawaiian foods popular in New York. 1912.


At the return of the head manager of the clothiers, Sachs, which stands at the corner of Fort and King Streets; [he said,] “Luau and paper lei have become popular with New Yorkers, and Hawaiian foods and lei are seen at parties given by many people on the banks of the Hudson River.

Supposedly at three places that haole went to visit, he saw people holding luau parties, and the only thing missing at those places was poi, salmon, tomatoes, onions and some other foods seen at luau in Hawaii nei.

One day when he went to go see one of his friends in New York, shown before him was an ilima lei and a lauhala hat upon which was a ribbon which read “Aloha,” and he said that they were a gift from Jim McCandless, as a memento.

(Kuokoa, 8/9/1912, p. 6)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLVIII, Helu 32, Aoao 6. Augate 9, 1912.

Diamond Kekona passes away in Germany, 1922.

That Hawaiian Boy Dies in Germany

Diamond Kekona Grew Weary of This Life After One Week of Being Ill.


It was His Wife Who Announced the Sad News to Honolulu nei on Monday

On Monday, this town received the sad news about the death of Diamond Kekona, the son of D. K. Kekona of this town, in Berlin, Germany, on the 13th of last month, February.

It was Mrs. Diamond Kekona, the wife of Kekona, who sent the sad news of the death of her husband to Mekia Kealakai, the leader of the Royal Hawaiian Band [Bana Hawaii], because he was a friend of the young Kekona and his wife when they were all living in London.

A letter was also received by Mr. D. K. Kekona, the father of the young man, confirming the news about the passing of his son.

Diamond Kekona was born on the 6th of October, 1890, so at his death, he was thirty-three years old and some.

Diamond left Honolulu in 1905 for New York, with a group of singers and musicians. He spent many years in America in this occupation.

During the great war of the world, Diamond Kekona was in England, and he enlisted in the service under Britain, going off to war in France and Belgium. He married a British woman and had two children, however the two of them died.

At the end of the war, Mr. and Mrs. Kekona lived in Belgium, and just last year they went to Berlin, Germany, where they met up with Joe Puni, William Kanui, and Joseph Nihali [?]; but according to the letter of Mrs. Kekona, he did not get along with Joe Puni, and they did not talk.

Mr. Kekona was not sick for long before he died, it was just a week; and in the letter his wife wrote to Mr. D. K. Kekona, she told him of her intent to return the body of her husband to London to bury, in her homeland, close to her home.

With the passing of this Hawaiian youth in foreign lands, he left behind, grieving for him: his young British wife; his grandmother, Mrs. Makalohi, who is 91; his father, Mr. D. K. Kekona, working in the sheriff department and a pastor of the Christian Science Church [Hoomana Naauao]; two younger brothers named Hugo and August Kekona; and their sister, Mrs. Lonohira [Mrs. George Lonohiwa]; and a big family.

(Kuokoa, 3/22/1922, p. 1)

Make Ia Keiki Hawaii Maloko o Kelemania

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXI, Helu 12, Aoao 1. Maraki 22, 1922.