Birthday of the Queen, 1902.


There Will be a Great Royal Audience on That Day

Eia Kalani ka omole niho oi,
Ke apu oi nana e hookala ka moku,
Nana e keehi ke kihi o ka malama,
Poele ka moku kaumaha i ke’lii,
Ike’a ka mano ka eleele,
O Kalani kui hono i ka moku,


The coming 2nd of September is the birthday of our dearly beloved Queen, the day that She first arrived and breathed in the sweet air of this world of light, from the loins of Her mother, high chiefess Keohokalole, and She has now reached the age of sixty-four.

O Kama, O Kamalalawalu,
Nolaila mai o Keohokalole,
Nana i hanau o Liliuokalani,
Ke’lii nana i kahiko o Maui la—
Kahiko i Kekaa ka ua Nahua,
Ka ua Nahua, ua Lililehua,
Ua Makaupili, ua Kauaula,
Ua noho iuka o Auwaiawao e—ha,
He ao ole ianei he naaupo,
He kii i ka hai mea i waiho a—i,
E! E! e ala—e—

There will be a great royal audience for the people that day, from Her own makaainana to the people of other ethnicities. There will not be invitations sent out to each person, but it is open to all without hesitation, and there will be but one audience, from the haole, the rich and prestigious of the land all the way to the humble peasants; they are all the same. The only invitation to you all will be this public Announcement by the Aloha Aina inviting all those of this town who have aloha for the monarch. Rise! Get going! Go forth, big man and little man. File along to the royal audience with the Queen.

It is understood that the American Commissioners [the Subcommittee on Pacific Islands and Porto Rico] will be present at this royal audience if they arrive before then. The audience will only be for two hours, from 3 to 5 p. m., Sept. 2, 1902, and Her royal residence at the grounds of Washington Place [Wakinekona Pa]. There will be many beautiful adornments displayed that day at the royal audience. There are new Feather Capes [Ahuula] and Kahili being skillfully crafted by Her own attendants who are skilled at the making of such things, under the guidance of Mrs. Heleluhe. So go and see for yourself, and not just hear about it. There will  not be a meal presented that day, only an audience. The public is invited to go a fill the yard of Washington Palace until it overflows, showing the love for the alii.  This will be shown once more in the paper of this coming week.

(Aloha Aina, 8/23/1902, p. 1)


Ke Aloha Aina, Buke VIII, Helu 34, Aoao 1. Augate 23, 1902.


More on Mrs. Heleluhe going to take the place of Kahele Nahaolelua, and name variations, 1897.


Because Mrs. Kahele Nahaolelua has been away from the presence of the Queen due to her illness, Mrs. Vakeki Heleluhe has been ordered to  seek out the Royal One in Washington; she will be leaving the mother land on the Australia of this next Wednesday, May 5th, for the skin-nipping cold of America, and while she is treads through San Francisco, her care will be under the guidance of J. A. Palmer [Pama], the Queen’s secretary. And for you, O Mrs. Vakeki Heleluhe, is our prayer, that your ocean voyage be accompanied by God’s protection and may he put you ashore on dry land in good health, and may he be with you on water and on land. And when you meet with the Heavenly Alii of the lahui, give the royal one our great aloha.

[According to David Forbes, from the new edition of “Hawaii’s Story,” Mrs. Heleluhe was sometimes referred to as “Waikiki”. Here we see her as “Vakeki”.

See another article on Mrs. Heleluhe’s departure here.

Also, to be added to the index of the new edition should be:

Heleluhe, Wakeke Ululani, 106, 258, 338, 385, 391]

(Aloha Aina, 5/1/1897, p. 6)


Ke Aloha Aina, Buke III, Helu 18, Aoao 6. Mei 1, 1897.

Joseph Heleluhe, 1900.



Keakealani was the man. Kalehuna was the woman. Born was Keawemainui (m).

Keawemainui was the man. Kaleikumaielani was the woman. Born was Kuhailiilii (f).

Kuhailiilii was the woman. Alapai was the man. Born was Keaweopala (m).

This was Alapai, the King of Hawaii. The one who crushed a number of Rulers [Alii Aimoku]. Alapai died at Kikiakoi, Kawaihae, in the year 1753, and Keaweopala his child became the ruler of the districts [okana] of Kona, Kohala, Hamakua, and Hilo, in 1753.

Keaweopala was the man. Namoe was the woman. Born was Kanekoa (m).

Kanekoa was the man. Molao was the woman. Born was Kanoa (f), Kanepipi (f), and Kapela (m).

Kanoa was the woman. Heleluhe was the man. Born was Keoki (f), Kaioewa (f), Joseph Hewahewa Kaimihakulani Heleluhe (m), Kanoa (f), and Ana (f).

Joseph Hewahewa Kaimihakulani Heleluhe was educated in the district schools of Puna, his land of birth, and educated at Hilo Boarding School [Kula Hanai o Hilo].

He graduated, and then lived in Kau, and did physical labor. He moved to Honolulu and lived with King Kalakaua, and after Kalakaua was done, he then lived with Queen Liliuokalani as her Steward [Puuku], and remained in that capacity until they went to America in 1896.

On that journey to America, upon him was also placed the duty of secretary to Queen Liliuokalani.

He received that position because of his propriety, and his meticulousness.

They went once again to America in 1899 and returned home to the aina on June 4, 1900; he left behind his labors and hardships of life in this world on July 8, 1900.

He left behind him, his Royal Mistress [Haku Alii], his wife, his mother, a number of sisters, his children, and his friends.

He was an amicable man with an open heart, and the voice of his Queen was important to him.

He was a true patriot, and he was an envoy from the Hawaiian nation to America.

He was born in Kapoho, Puna, Hawaii, on June 2, 1855. He made 45 years old and 16 days.

(Aloha Aina, 7/28/1900, p. 1)


Ke Aloha Aina, Buke VI, Helu 30, Aoao 1. Iulai 28, 1900.

Wakeke Heleluhe to take the place of Kia Kahele Nahaolelua, 1897.

Returning Home.

It is heard that Mrs. Kahele Nahaolelua is returning on the steamer Monowai this coming Thursday and left behind the Queen [Aliiaimoku]. The reason for this return is unclear to us, however, there are all sorts of rumors; some say she is sick, some say that she misses her family, some say that she has urgent business, and so forth; the truth will be known only when she returns. And because she is coming home, in her stead will be Mrs. Wakeke Heleluhe, who will leave on the steamship Australia of this coming Wednesday. Her departure is certain, for her wardrobe is being made for her trip to foreign lands. So this is a confirmation of the truth of Captain Palmer’s words that it is unclear when the Queen will return and her stay there is not limited.

[The Queen states:

In the early part of May it became necessary for my companion, Mrs. Kia Nahaolelua, to return to Honolulu. Three months was the length of time I had expected to be absent when I asked her to accompany me; but five months had passed away, and her husband and large family of children needed her. So I sent her to San Francisco under the charge of Captain Palmer, where he was to meet Mrs. Joseph Heleluhe, and conduct her to Washington.

See another article on Mrs. Heleluhe’s departure.]

(Makaainana, 5/3/1897, p. 8)

E Huli Hoi Mai Ana.

Ka Makaainana, Buke VII—-Ano Hou, Helu 18, Aoao 8. Mei 3, 1897.

Wakeke Ululani Heleluhe passes away, 1921.


After being ill for some time, Mrs. Wakeke Ululani grew weary of this life, at six in the evening of this past Monday [11/21/1921], at her home on 13th Avenue in Kaimuki, being eighty or so years old.

Mrs. Wakeke Ululani Heleluhe was born on Maui, however, for thirty years, she was a companion to Queen Liliuokalani, from the Queen’s young days, until Liliu passed on.

In the last days of the Queen’s life, Mrs. Heleluhe was constantly before her, watching over her care, just as the days when Liliu was reigning as monarch of Hawaii nei, and everywhere that the Queen went, she went as well.

Once when the Queen went to Washington, Mrs. Heleluhe was in her retinue.

Mrs. Wakeke Heleluhe was a member of the Kaahumanu Society [Ahahui Kaahumanu]. Her husband, Joe Heleluhe, who passed long ago, was the Queen’s secretary during her reign.

Surviving her is a son and daughter of theirs; the son, Jack Heleluhe, is working in America singing, and when the steamship Hawkeye State arrived in Honolulu some weeks ago, he was one of the people on the ship, on his way to Baltimore.

As for the daughter, Mrs. Myra Iona, she is one of the women who attended Queen Liliu while she was living, and she went along twice with the Queen to Washington.

At 3:30 in the afternoon of this past Tuesday, her funeral was held, from William’s Mortuary her earthly body was laid to rest at the cemetery in Kamoiliili.

[The Queen writes of her stay in Washington D. C. in 1897:

“In the early part of May it became necessary for my companion, Mrs. Kia Nahaolelua, to return to Honolulu. Three months was the length of time I had expected to be absent when I asked her to accompany me; but five months had passed away, and her husband and large family of children needed her. So I sent her to San Francisco under the charge of Captain Palmer, where he was to meet Mrs. Joseph Heleluhe, and conduct her to Washington.”

The Mrs. Joseph Heleluhe sent for here is Wakeke Ululani Heleluhe.]

(Kuokoa, 11/25/1921, p. 4)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LIX, Helu 47, Aoao 4. Novemaba 25, 1921.