Political mele for William Haʻehaʻe Heen composed by Helen K. Davis, 1923.


He inoa keia no Ha’eha’e,
Ka moho a ka lahui ua lanakila.
Ko lei keia o ka hanohano,
Eia me oe e lei mau ai. Continue reading

William Heen elected County Attorney, 1919.


The one elected as County Attorney [Loio Kalana] for the City and County of Honolulu, and Arthur M. Brown lost; we have gained someone who will sweep away the mules of the Chee-Fa [Ki-pa] Banks of Honolulu.

(Kuokoa, 6/6/1919, p. 1)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LVII, Helu 23, Aoao 1. Iune 6, 1919.

English coverage of the Heen/Notley wedding, with better pictures, 1906.



An impressive ceremony at St. Andrew’s cathedral last evening united Miss Lily Notley and Mr. William H. Heen in marriage. The ceremony was performed in the presence of a large number of friends. The bride was attended by Mrs. Leslie, as matron of honor, and the groom was served by his brother, Mr. Afong Heen, as best man. Rev. F. Fitz officiated.

The church was simply decorated, a border of waxy white flowers mingled with fern leaves adorning the chancel rail. The bride was given away by her father, Mr. Charles Notley. Continue reading

The Heens, and why we need to rescan the old Hawaiian newspapers, 1906.

A Festive Marriage with Honor

MR. and MRS. W. H. HEEN.

AMONGST delightful sprigs of white carnations blossoms entwined with delicate fronds of palai fern decorating the interior of the church of St. Andrew, the sacred matrimony between Miss Lily Notley and Mr. William H. Heen, Esq., of the Legal Profession of Hawaii, was held, and Rev. Fitz married the two of them in peaceful reverence. The young woman was escorted by Mrs. Leslie, and the young gentleman by his brother [hoa hanau], Mr. Afong Heen.

Charles Kahiliaulani Notley, the birth parent of the bride, gave his beloved lei upon the altar of matrimony, the foundation for one to live amongst the circle of those who live in proper and chaste families in this world.

The Gentlemen who attended to this assembly of friends were Mr. H. A. Kaulukou, associate of Mr. W. H. Heen in the legal profession; William Jordan and John Marcallino.

The woman was dressed in a wedding dress of white silk made with great skill; and the man was dressed in the usual attire for that occasion.

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William Haehae Heen faces racism from the United States, 1917.


A past issue of the Bulletin spread the news from Washington pertaining to W. H. Heen. The news being that the Senate is holding back their approval of Heen as Judge in place of Coke. The big reason behind this disapproval is that Heen is part Chinese [Hapa-pake]; where some Senators believe that this blood would not look well in a High Post in the Nation of the Unites States. How Astonishing! Continue reading

Another political mele for William Haehae Heen, 1923.


Hoohie ka iini nou e Heen,
Loio kaulana a o ke Kalana.
Ua ike e ka lehulehu apau,
Ko naauao piha noeau.
Ua kohu pono oe ke noho mai,
[Unclear passage] ekahi ke ike aku.
Nou ia lei e lei mau ai,
I ka la 6 [?] a o Novemaba.
Ke Akua kahikolu kou kokua,
A puka loa oe a lanakila.
Haina ia mai ana ka puana,
No Wiliama Heen no he inoa.

[The dignified is the desire for you O Heen
Famous attorney of the County
All are aware
Of your knowledge filled with wisdom
[Unclear passage] is foremost to see
On the 6th [?] of November.
The Trinity is your aid,
And you will win the election.
Let the story be told,
The name song of Wiliama Heen.]

[This is just another of the many political mele for William Haehae Heen. This post was inspired by a post earlier this week by Nanea Armstrong-Wassel!]

(Kuokoa, 11/1/1923, p. 5)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXII, Helu 44, Aoao 5. Novemaba 1, 1923.