Waverly Building at the corner of Hotel and Bethel, 1909.


O FRIENDS: This picture that is being printed is an image of the stone building standing at the corner of Hotel [Hotele] and Bethel [Betela] Streets, called the Waverly Building [Hale Wavela], and on the second story is where the LANAKILA appears every Thursday of every week. It is on Bethel Street, makai of the Hotel Street corner where the stairs are to get to the second story. This is the Printing Office of the Paradise of the Pacific [Paredaiso o ka Pakipika].

[This “Paradise of the Pacific” magazine is the precursor to the magazine on the shelves today, “Honolulu Magazine”…]

(Lanakila, 7/15/1909, p. 4)


Ka Lanakila, Buke I, Helu 3, Aoao 4. Iulai 15, 1909.

Honolulu lighted up, 1888.


As for the long awaited electric lights to illuminate this town of Honolulu, the work of the carpenters is progressing, and the electric wires are projecting out in every direction on the streets all about town. It was believed that the turbine wheel for the machine would arrive on this landing of the Australia, however, it did not arrive from the Eastern states when the steamship left San Francisco.

Should it arrive aboard the next steamship, then it will be perhaps two or three weeks after that when everything will be ready to put it to work, and that will be when the presses here in Honolulu will be lit up by modern electric lights; it is something which we all have not seen before and have greatly desired, like of what we’ve heard of the electric lights in foreign lands.

[Honolulu Magazine this month has done a feature where it gives us a glimpse into what it was like here in 1888 (when Paradise of the Pacific, the forefather of the current magazine, began). I thought i might try to add to that in the upcoming weeks, randomly putting up 1888 articles while as always, posting news from other periods as well.]

(Kuokoa, 2/11/1888, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXVII, Helu 6, Aoao 2. Feberuari 11, 1888.

One year since the Republic transferred power to the United States, 1899.


This is the Day that made a year since the day that the Hawaiian Flag was taken down and the American Flag was raised on the flag pole of Iolani Palace.

The hurt down in our guts [naau] is unimaginable when remembering this; for there is no Hawaiian that can say that his naau is happy with what was done. Because if we are not mistaken, branded withing the hearts of Hawaiians is the love and pride for his Beloved Flag. The flag which holds memories of many years spreading its wings in peace over the cheeks of Hawaii nei. And for which none of us can say that we were robbed and saddened under its protection. Not at all! Our hearts will only cherish for all times, the loving memories and peace; and as such, are not each and every Kanaka Hawaii burning with aloha for it?

The falling of the Hawaiian Flag from where it proudly fluttered on the tips of the warm breezes of Hawaii nei, is like the death of origin and foundation of this people [lahuikanaka]; and it is clear that the branches and leaves of this tree (The Hawaiian Nation) will wither and fade, a tree that was greatly admired by other nations for its lush and verdant growth. What was called the “Paradise of the Pacific [Paredaiso o ka Pakipika].”

Therefore, where is it today? It has gone, and died; and it is but the wisps that are budding, without a parent to feed its nourishing waters. For the trunk has been chopped.

Because of this heart-wrenching thing, the Lahui Hawaii invites all of you, native Hawaiians. From this day forward, to discard your living indifferently, lazily, wastefully, off others, and all of your childish ways; and for each and everyone of you to stand and fight against the obstructions in this world with patience, caution, independence, and righteousness; and it is through this that Hawaii nei will once again regain its success and pride. Now is the time, and it is only now that we can do the mending while this striped cloth has not become too ragged. (Inoa Lahui.)

(Lahui Hawaii, 8/12/1899, p. 4)


Ka Lahui Hawaii, Buke 1, Helu 29, Aoao 4. Augate 12, 1899.

Liliuokalani’s “Aloha Oe,” 1929.

The True Story of “Aloha Oe”

As everyone starts to donate their dollar for the building of a memorial to this famous song composed by Queen Liliuokalani, perhaps it is well to speak about some of the information on the origins of this song, the beginnings of the penning of the lyrics, and it being set to music.

The monument was proposed to be the words in Hawaiian stone that would stand close to the first home of Queen Liliuokalani, now lived in by the Governor of Hawaii.

Now, some intimate with the Queen in days past, and travelling companions of the Queen when they were young, have spoken. This is the story that was told, and it was published in the paper or book called the “Paradise of the Pacific:

In 1878 [1877?], when Kalakaua reigned, and his sister was but a princess and heir to the throne, she travelled to the Koolau side, to well-known Waimanalo. With her was Likelike, Kale Wilikina, Mr. Boyd, and many attendants.

They travelled by horse on horse trail; this was a bad trail.

They arrived at their destination and spent several days there. They spent some days at some friends of the alii, and were welcomed with great gaiety.

Just as the with the kupuna of old, they were welcomed. A feast was laid out by the friends of this home which the alii were visiting.

When were making ready to return to Honolulu, lei of all kinds of flowers were placed about their necks, as was a custom amongst Hawaiians. They were adorned with flower lei, not like the paper lei popular during the time of this article.

When they all were going from the house to exit the estate, they saw one person fall back, and another lei was placed about the neck of the one at the entrance of the yard.

When this beautiful Hawaiian girl was seen giving a lei to the one leaving it also was seen her being embraced.

Because Princess Liliuokalani witnessed this scene, she was overjoyed. While they were headed back to Honolulu, she started to hum a melody, while being full of emotion over what she had seen.

The one next to Liliu heard her humming, and was curious, and asked what she was humming, as it reminded her of an old song. That song was “Rock Beside the Sea” [Pohaku ma ka Lihikai].

When they each returned to their homes, the Queen returned to hers, where she finished this song.
“One embrace” is charming for what was seen at the gateway–one person of their party tarrying as that beautiful young girl hugged the one on horseback.

As was said by the kupuna of yore, mele are composed while travelling, if something that catches ones eye is seen.

Our alii mother, Kamehaokalani Kane was a composer in her lifetime who made songs on horseback. Some of her compositions were well sung back in her time.

This is something written in the book known as the “Paradise of the Pacific.”

[As found in the “Paradise of the Pacific,” 42 (4): 31, 1929; 42 (10): 9, 1929.]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 4/23/1929, p. 2)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke XXII, Helu 45, Aoao 2. Aperila 23, 1929.