Stephen Reynolds, aka Lanai has passed on, 1857.

Dead.—S. Reynolds, Esq., that being Lanai, has died at his place of birth, near Boston, A. H.*

(Hae Hawaii, 9/23/1857, p. 102)

[When doing research on people in the newspapers, it is important to not only look up the given names of the person you are looking for, but also other names the person was known by. Here we see Lanai is what they called Stephen Reynolds.]

*A.H. probably stands for Amerika Huipuia (United States of America).

Ka Hae Hawaii, Buke 2, Ano Hou, Helu 26, Aoao 102. Sepetemaba 23, 1857.

Charles Burnette Wilson dies, conclusion, 1926.


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Liliuokalani that she lost her throne due to the landing of troops from the U. S. S. Boston, the name of Marshal Wilson figured frequently. In the printed reports of Congress, containing the correspondence of Minister Stevens prior to the overthrow, his dispatches include the name of Wilson frequently in connection with the monarchy and especially refer to him as a very intimate friend of the queen. Continue reading

Stephen Reynolds supports education of half-castes, 1847.


Mrs. Gummer’s School.—On Monday last an examination of Mrs. Gummer’s scholars took place at the residence of Stephen Reynolds, Esquire, Consul for the city of Bremen. This gentleman has for years distinguished himself as the active benefactor of children belonging to the class familiarly known as half-castes. It was he who first suggested the idea of a school to Mrs. Gummer, in which children of that class and of whites should be received indiscriminately. The preliminary difficulties to its establishment were overcome, mainly, through his exertions and the perseverance of Mrs. Gummer. Continue reading

Stephen Reynolds was in Honolulu while Kamehameha II lived there, 1868.


When King Liholiho resided in Honolulu, there was an increase of haole living in Honolulu at that time; some were of high standing, some were ship captains, some were traders, and some had shops. The haole living there at the time were: Jones Aluli, Mister Parker [Mikapako], Stephen Reynolds [Lanai], Continue reading

O ko’u aupuni, he aupuni palapala ko’u, 1837.

From the Salem Gazette.

Please Exchange.”—On Friday, we received a file of the “Sandwich Island Gazette and Journal of Commerce,” with a request, on the outside of the package, to “Please Exchange.” On inspection of the parcel, we find the file is complete, from the establishment of the paper, the 30th of July last, during a period of four months. It is of small size, and printed weekly, at six dollars a year. The papers affords many paragraphs which are not without interest, as showing the state of society and affairs at the Islands. For the present, we content ourselves with quoting a royal letter:—

From the Sandwich Island Gazette.

Letter from the King.—We give a translation of a letter from His Majesty Kauikeauoli [Kauikeaouli], in reply to our application to him for permission to work our press, and publish a newspaper in this place.—The translation is literal, but its import is plain.

“To Stephen D. Mackintosh.

Honolulu, Oahu.

I assent to the letter which you sent me. It affords me pleasure to see the works of other lands and things that are new. If I was there, I should very much desire to see. I have said to Kinau, make printing presses. My thought is ended. Love to you and Reynolds.

By King Kauikeauoli.”

[This was a pretty exciting find. Kamehameha III proclaimed that his kingdom would be a kingdom of reading and writing. And indeed it was. Kamehameha III encourages the printing of newspapers, and here he writes, “If I was there…” because it seems he was in Kailua, Hawaii at the time, while the newspaper was to be printed in Honolulu. Unfortunately, The Sandwich Island Gazette and Journal of Commerce which ran from 7/30/1836 to 7/27/1839 is not available online at Chronicling America as of yet.

For more on this first English newspaper in Hawaii nei, see “Hawaii’s first English Newspaper and Its Editor,” by Helen P. Hoyt, appearing in the Annual Report of the Hawaiian Historical Society in 1954.]

(Constantine Republican, 5/31/1837, p. 2)

From the Salem Gazette.

Constantine Republican, Volume I, Number 48, page 2. May 31, 1837.