Edward Kahale, new Hawaiian language instructor at UH, 1945.

Appointed to Position

We received the happy news that Rev. Edward Kahale, the kahu of Kawaiahao Church, was appointed as Hawaiian language instructor at the University of Hawaii. He will start when the Government School start in the coming Fall, and he will take the place of Professor Henry P. Judd (Kauka), who will leave the position on the last day of August of this year. Continue reading

Plant a tree! 1910 / 2016.


This is the day to plant trees as proclaimed by the Governor last week. On this day, the school teachers across the Territory will take the trees set aside for their schools and plant them in designated places.

On this morning Dr. Hobdy will speak before the students of Punahou College at Pauahi Hall pertaining to this effort. During this time, Mrs. L. Moses will speak before the female students in Bishop Hall pertaining to caring for ones health. The new school will also follow on the same path, that being the College of Hawaii.

[Click here for the Arbor Day Hawaiʻi website to see what is going on in celebration of Lā Kanu Lāʻau this year!]

(Kuokoa Home Rula, 11/11/1910, p. 1)


Kuokoa Home Rula, Buke VIII, Helu 45, Aoao 1. Novemaba 11, 1910.

Hawaiians to be referred to as “kanaka,” 1925.


Several days ago, in the English newspapers of Honolulu Town, we heard the thoughts of Professor Adams [Polopeka Akamu] of the University of Hawaii, explaining that the Hawaiian People were looking for a new name for themselves, and that name being “kanaka,” and as for all of the other ethnicities born in Hawaii nei, they would be known as “Hawaiians.”

From our understanding of this idea of this friend of ours, it is not appropriate nor right, and for this reason: this name we have, “Hawaiians,” it is a name which we have been accustomed to from our ancestors; it is a name known worldwide, “Hawaiians” are the natives to these islands, and to change the name “Hawaiian” and for us to be known hereon as “kanaka;” who amongst us Hawaiians who love our motherland will raise his hand announce before the whole world, I want to be called a “kanaka,” not a “Hawaiian.”

Therefore, oh people of the native land, from Kauai to Hawaii, let us rise at once to announce with one heart, no, not at all shall we change this name “Hawaiian,” and call ourselves “kanaka.”

The Heavenly Father will definitely not allow this name that is beloved by us, “Hawaiians” to be changed.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 12/15/1925, p. 2)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke XIX, Helu 30, Aoao 2. Dekemaba 15, 1925.

More on the malihini, Joseph Rock, 1916.


Prof. Joseph F. Rock, head of the botany department at the College of Hawaii and author of the book, “Indigenous Trees of the Hawaiian Islands,” will return to Honolulu tomorrow on the Shinyo Maru, according to advices that have been received here.

During the summer months the professor has been in the islands of Java and Sumatra and in the Philippines collecting specimens and doing research work in his line. He left here about the middle of June.

(Honolulu Star Bulletin, 9/4/1916, p. 3)


The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Volume XXIV, Number 7612, Page 3. September 4, 1916.

Hui Makaainana Hawaii and the farming of kalo, 1939.

Planting Taro


The Hui Makaainana Hawaii has Begun to Work on Land at Kapiolani

The idea of farming of kalo thought up by the Hui Makaainana Hawaii is now being carried out, according to Johnson Kahili, the chairman of the managing committee [komite hoohana].

The organization received approval to do this on government land near Kapiolani School [ke Kula o Kapiolani], and should the work go well, then perhaps some twenty acres of undeveloped land, nearly four acres, will be farmed, according to him. Continue reading

Charles Auld, Hula, and Hawaiian Civic Club of Hilo, 1941.

Hawaiian Civic Club


Charles H. (Moa) Auld has been chosen as the new president of the Hawaiian Civic Club [hui Kiwila Hawaii] of Hilo nei, one of the important youths here in Hilo of Hawaiian ancestry.

He was born in Honolulu, and was employed as an inspector of insects in the insects division of the department of agriculture and forestry [papa mahiai ame ululaau], in which he was employed for 10 years. He was educated at the Kamehameha Schools and at Punahou, and he graduated from Punahou in 1926. Thereafter he attended the University of Hawaii. In each of these schools he played football [kinipopo peku wawae].

He is a brother also of Aggie Auld, and expert in Hawaiian hula, and Mr. Auld himself is adept at it as well.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 3/19/1941, p. 1)

Ka Hui Kiwila Hawaii

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXV, Number 47, Aoao 1. Malaki 19, 1941.

Martha Poepoe Hohu and three Hilo women honored, 1929.


Honolulu, Dec. 11—Three Students from here in Hilo, who are boarding at the Teachers’ School in Honolulu, were honored by being initiated as members of the Society of “Sigma Eta Omega,” which is the Association of the Students who were honored for doing good works among that Association of those in the Teachers College [Kula Ao Kumu] in Honolulu. This Association is honorably named in Greek, and they are bestowed this position because of their standing in this Teachers College of Hawaii.

The ones from Hilo upon whom were bestowed this honored name, were Miss Wilhelmina Roback, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Roback of Hilo nei.

This honor was conferred upon this girl from Hilo because of her singing abilities at that Teachers College.

This honor was also conferred upon Veronica Lui Kwan, the President of this Association, and this honor was bestowed upon her because of her skill in organizing the association; and to Mrs. Georgian Sutherland for her progress in studies. There were others as well receiving this honor and were initiated into this Greek Honors Society, the only society established in Hawaii nei; the daughter of Rev. H. K. Poepoe was also one included in this honored position, that being the Organist of Kaumakapili Church, Mrs. Martha Hohu.

A gathering was held at the College to initiate those who were honored, and on the evening of that day a celebratory party was held at the Blaisdell Hotel.

[Hoku o Hawaii, the last of the historic Hawaiian-Language Newspapers and one of the longest running (1906–1948) was printed in Hilo. For some reason, there seems to be at this time no issues online from before 5/31/1917. Eleven years of this paper is available on microfilm, but are not online as of yet. Hopefully, this newspaper can get reshot in entirety soon, because much of the available images are hard to read.]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 12/17/1929, p. 1)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke XXIII, Helu 27, Aoao 1. Dekemaba 17, 1929.

University of Hawaii Virtual Museum, 2012.

This is a cool site mentioned in the Star Advertiser on the 20th of this month. Not only can you find old Hawaii-Language Newspapers, but all sorts of historical images and more!

University of Hawaii Virtual Museum.

For instance, here are some images from the Hawaiian & Pacific Images Collection at UHM.

Fire Insurance Maps give a good picture of the layout of streets and buildings through time!

And there are other random yet cool images, like these relating to the steamship Malolo that gets mentioned often in the later Hawaiian-Language Newspapers!