Duke Kahanamoku trophy, a champagne cup? 1913.


Duke Kahanamoku’s Trophy Is Utilized by Colonel Parker for Purpose Designed

Aboard the liner Sierra a loving cup was used yesterday for the purpose for which it was designed.

The cup was one of the trophies carried home by Duke Kahanamoku, the Hawaiian swimmer, who sailed on the vessel for his home.

Colonel Sam Parker was also a passenger. The colonel insisted on filling the cup with champagne. He then invited Duke’s friends into the Sierra’s saloon and, passing the brimming bowl to a pretty girl, begged her to drink [to] the dark skinned swimmer’s health.

Until the cup was empty everybody was Duke’s devoted friend.

(San Francisco Call, 8/13/1913, p. 4)


The San Francisco Call, Volume 114, Number 74, Page 4. August 13, 1913.

Who is Mary? 1915.

A Letter From California.

San Diego, Jan. 4, 1915.

My Dear Papa:

How are you? I have a few minutes to write some short lines to you that I believe will make you happy.

 We arrived here in the evening of the 27th of December, 1914, and we are now at the Fair proper, in the area that features Hawaii. Our trip here was fine except for the first day after leaving home. Oh my how sick I was, with continuous nausea! But after that, it was a beautiful voyage by the seafaring steed, the “Sierra.”

We landed in San Francisco in the afternoon of Christmas day, and went touring about for two hours, then we boarded the steamship “Congress” for San Pedro, and spent the night there. We went into the movie houses and went to Long Beach to see the swimming beaches. We are all doing well, and the nights are pretty cold.

The Fair¹ opened on the night before the new year, and it is progressing nicely. I haven’t had time to go and see my cousins because I am always busy with work, and cannot just leave without permission.

O Papa, I can’t write a long letter, because I have only a little time; with hope that you are doing well, and I am happy to hear from you.

Goodbye, dear Papa, with much aloha.

Your daughter,


¹This is a reference to the Panama-California Exposition.

(Aloha Aina, 1/23/1915, p. 1)

Ke Aloha Aina, Buke XIX, Helu 69, Aoao 1. Ianuari 23, 1915.

Ke Aloha Aina, Buke XIX, Helu 69, Aoao 1. Ianuari 23, 1915.

More honors for George Freeth, 1911.


George Freeth of Honolulu nei is the Hawaiian youth who holds six gold medals [the sixth gold medal], an award from the Congress of America for his fearless rescuing of lives, witnessed at Venice, California, and at the seaside of the Atlantic Ocean, while he was away from home several years ago; there was an announcement aboard the Steamship Sierra last Friday. It said that the Japanese changed the name of their little town in which they live, close to Port Los Angeles, to “Freeth Town”. There was a gift given by the Japanese showing their esteem for this youth for his fearless rescue of some of their kinsmen caught in a terrible storm there some time ago. Continue reading