Pāʻū riding for Kamehameha Day a hundred and ten years ago! 1906.

PA-U RIDERS HONOR DAY

Picturesque Cavalcade Revives Old-Time Custom.

The Hui Holopa-u Maile Alii have every reason to be satisfied with their first parade as a society, which occurred yesterday in celebration of Kamehameha Day.

The custom of pa-u riding is an old and kingly one and it was eminently fitting that the initial gathering of the club should take place on the anniversary of the birth of Hawaii’s greatest king.

About 30 riders gathered at the residence of Mrs. Kainana Puahi at Waikiki early yesterday morning. The costumes, which were uniform, consisted of yellow skirts, white waists, and straw hats encircled with ilima leis. Each rider wore a black ribbon as a sash, bearing the word “Kaonohiokala,” done in gold. The word means “the eye of the sun.” Continue reading

Kalakaua Day, 1916.

KALAKAUA DAY TO BE OBSERVED FOR FIRST TIME

Morning Reception, Appearance of Pa-u Riders and Dance at Night Make Up Program

in honor of the Kalakaua Dynasty which ruled over the Hawaiian Islands for 22 years, Honolulu will celebrate tomorrow, and the day will be filled with many pleasant features.

The big affair of the day will occur in the evening when the reception and ball at the armory will be held. Because of the illness of Queen Liliuokalani, she will not be able to attend, but in her place Prince and Princess Kalanianaole will receive the guests. After the reception three orchestras will furnish music for the dancing and a gala time is anticipated. A large number of invitations have been issued and to be sure that no one was overlooked Princess Kawananakoa chairman of the invitation committee, wishes all who have not received invitations to go to the Promotion Committee rooms on Bishop street.

The festivities of the day will begin in the morning when 21 pa-u riders will gather at Princess Auto Stand on King street and from there, headed by Princess Theresa Wilcox, president and wife of the first delegate to congress, and Mrs. J. Fern, vice-president, will march up King street to Aala park. From there the march will return on King and up Fort, to Hotel, then Bishop, King and up Richards to the residence of Queen Liliuokalani, where a short call will be made. From the queen’s residence the riders will follow Beretania street to Pensacola street to the home of Princess Kawananakoa, where a reception will be held from 9 to 12 in the morning. Here a short speech will be made by a member of the riders. In the evening the pa-u riders will attend the ball in full costume of royal purple with leis around their necks and a golden band on which is the word “Kaohelelani,” the name of a descendant of the royal house of Keoua, the father of the Kamehamehas.

The reception of Princess Kawananakoa is for Hawaiians only and therefore no one else will be permitted inside the grounds unless they have a special invitation.

(Star-Bulletin, 11/15/1916, p. 8)

KALAKAUA DAY TO BE OBSERVED FOR THE FIRST TIME

Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Volume XXIV, Number 7674, Page 8. November 15, 1916.

King Kalakaua’s birthday to become a new holiday? 1916.

CELEBRATED WAS THE BIRTHDAY OF KING KALAKAUA YESTERDAY

THE DAY WAS CELEBRATED BY HAWAIIANS, THE HAOLE, THE LOCALS, AND THE NEWCOMERS, WITH THE THOUGHT THAT IT WOULD BECOME A NATIONAL HOLIDAY IN THE FUTURE.

1836—1891

[Williams Photo]

KALAKAUA’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATED.

For the first time, a commemoration of the birthday of King Kalakaua held extensively here in this city yesterday; this day will be celebrated in the future as is the birthday of the Conqueror of the Nation, Kamehameha.

In years past, there were but a very few people who celebrated this day, but from now on, the birthday of Kalakaua will be a day that is important in the history of Hawaii nei.

The activity taking place on the first celebration was the pa-u riding of twenty-one women of the Kaohelelani Pa-u Riders presided over by Mrs. Theresa Wilcox Belliveau. Continue reading

Island Princesses, 1908.

ISLAND PRINCESSES.

ISLAND PRINCESSES.

Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume VI, Number 269, Page 2. February 23, 1908.

THE PA-U RIDERS.

Thirty-four pa-u riders came cantering along in four sections of color: yellow, red, orange and pink, led by Judge Andrade and Mrs. Puahi. The Kaonohiokala Club sent fifteen horse women and the Wakinekona Club eighteen equestiennes. A brave sight they made with their long pa-us fluttering in the breeze and their garlands showing bright in the sunshine.

Several of the older riders were in the parade, ladies who wore the pa-u in the pleasure-loving days of the monarchy. Very dignified were these elderly dames and very well they rode. The younger women were out for fun and they certainly had it, galloping wherever there was room to and urging their steeds on with merry shouts. The riders included the following from the Kaonohiokala Club: Mrs. Puahi, Mrs. Kaumaka, Mrs. Dias, Mrs. Kaluapapakini, Mrs. Kailianu, Mrs. Nakapaahu, Mrs. Irene Silva, Mrs. Kauwa, Mrs. Haalou, Miss Lucy Woodward, Mrs. M. Hoonani, Mrs. Maluae, Mrs. Anehilo Keama, Mrs. Stahle, Mrs. Johnson; and the following members of the Wakinekona Club: Mrs. Horn, Mrs. Kapio, Mrs. Liau, Mrs. Aiwohi, Mrs. Jackson, Mrs. Pumehia, Mrs. Mahi, Mrs. Isaac, Mrs. Fairman, Mrs. Kekuewa, Mrs. Kapulani, Mrs. Tuck Williams, Miss Kekua, Miss M. Hao, Mrs. Emakai, Miss Marie Hiram, Miss Julia Lui, Miss Mary Wood. Continue reading

More pāʻū riders, 1909.

THE ISLAND PRINCESSES, INCLUDING MRS. CHRIS HOLT, OAHU; MISS HANNAH CUMMINGS, MAUI; MISS EMMA ROSE, HAWAII; MISS KAPAHU, KAUAI; MISS BLACKWELL, MOLOKAI; MISS ROSE GIBSON, LANAI.

(Hawaiian Gazette, 2/23/1909, p. 5)

THE ISLAND PRINCESSES...

Hawaiian Gazette, Volume LI, Number 120, Page 5. February 23, 1909.

Putting on a Pāʻū, 1906.

Preparations for the Pa-u Riding of February 22, 1906.

1. Putting on a pa-u.
2. The adjusting.
3. Almost done.
4. Ready to ride.

[This was for the parade on Washington’s birthday. An article describing these steps was printed in the 2/4/1906 issue of the Sunday Advertiser.]

(Kuokoa, 2/9/1906, p. 4)

Na Makaukau o ka Hololio Pa-u no Feberuari 22, 1906.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLIV, Helu 6, Aoao 4. Feberuari 9, 1906.

More on the reenactment of Kamehameha’s landing, etc. 1913.

REMEMBERANCES HELD FOR WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY

THE QUEENS OF THE ISLANDS FROM THE LEFT—MISS MUNDON OF OAHU; MRS. MORTON OF MAUI; MISS WILHELMINA OF HAWAII; MISS MAHOE OF MOLOKAI; AND MISS SILVA OF KAUAI.

KAMEHAMEHA AND HIS KAUKAUALII AND THE IDOL GOD [AKUA KII].

[Yes, this was all done on George Washington’s birthday: the pāʻū riding and the reenactment of Kamehameha’s landing at Waikiki.]

(Kuokoa, 2/28/1913, p. 1)

MALAMAIA NA HOOMANAO NO KA LA HANAU O WAKINEKONA

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LI, Helu 9, Aoao 1. Feberuari 28, 1913.

More Decorating the Kamehameha Statue, 1912.

MALIHINIS AND KAMAAINAS CELEBRATE KAMEHAMEHA DAY

Leading Hawaiians Decorating the Statue of Kamehameha yesterday.

(From Wednesday’s Advertiser.)

Cloaked in leis from helmet to feet the stalwart and majestic Kamehameha looked out over city and mountains in the light of a perfect day, thousands of holiday makers shut up shop and went out to play yesterday in honor of the first king of Hawaii Nei and scores of horsemen passed before the statue keeping the old Kamehameha Day custom.

Aside from the pleasant weather, which is a traditional accompaniment of the day, the decorating of the statue and the Hawaiian races and luau at Kalihi there was not much to remind the public of Kamehameha, and it would seem that the public determined to turn the occasion into a playful Sunday. There were no pa-u riders, although a number of horsemen on all grades and classes of steeds rode about town in groups. Many of them were cowboys in full regalia.

There were a few Hawaiian flags in evidence, one or two consular flags and hundreds of bare flag-poles. Evidently the brilliant sun was relied upon to bring out the natural colors of Honolulu’s setting so the bunting was deemed unnecessary.

An enormous crowd turned out to see the marathon runners come in from Haleiwa, another enormous crowd made a pilgrimage to aquatic and other sports at the Kalihi races and luau, and it seemed that half of Honolulu crowded about the Athletic Field at Punahou and tried to climb the fence while all the youngsters in town were inside drinking pop and playing games at the Central Union Church’s picnic.

Beaches Crowded.

The beaches were crowded all day and the sunburn “took fine” on a thousand or more lily complexions. At nine o’clock yesterday morning the crowds began to gather along King street and by noon the police were busy keeping people off the car tracks and pulling the absent minded from in front of tooting automobiles between Kalihi and Waikiki. The bicycle and foot races stirred up as much enthusiasm and drew as big a holiday crowd as a pa-u parade in the old days when Kamehameha was honored in true Hawaiian style. The old Portuguese statue worshiper who performs his unique rites before the judiciary building daily was not in evidence yesterday. He probably got a glimpse of his old friend the king in his giddy, gaudy holiday rags at long range and thought him lacking in the dignity which should hedge a real worshipful deity.

Draping the Monarch.

The work of clothing the deep chested monarch in flowers was done yesterday morning by the Order of Kamehameha. Fifty members of the lodge marched from the Odd Fellows building to the statue about eight-thirty o’clock carrying their flowers and leis and after the decorating formed in a circle in front of the statue where they were addressed by Kaukau Alii Chung Hoon, Sr. The ceremony closed with the singing of Hawaii Ponoi. There was a large general attendance of spectators at this function.

When the mounted police squad came back from the Punahou picnic they were as weary as a force of fond mothers after getting the youngsters washed and dressed for Sunday school. For about five hours they had hopped from one corner of the athletic field to the other persuading the irrepressible small boys on the outside that they were not invited and that entrance was to be had at the gate and by ticket. The Central Union Bible class was entertaining the Kakaako and Palama mission schools and the latter were certainly entertained.

At the close of the races the big down-town crowds dispersed, the few stores that were open in the forenoon closed, Absalom stretched out in the middle of the sidewalk at Fort and King and had a snooze and a Sabbath-like calm brooded over the city of palms and poi, as the poet might say.

[Found on Chronicling America!]

(Hawaiian Gazette, 6/14/1912, p. 2)

MALIHINIS AND KAMAAINAS CELEBRATE KAMEHAMEHA DAY

The Hawaiian Gazette, Volume LV, Number 39, Page 2. June 14, 1912.