Laying of the cornerstone of Liliuokalani School, 1912.

The Cornerstone of the New Great School is Laid.

At three o’clock on the afternoon of last Friday (4/12/1912), a ceremony was conducted to lay the cornerstone of the new school house in Kaimuki, that will be called hereafter, Liliuokalani School.

Queen Liliuokalani laid the cornerstone, and Legislator Dole, and former President of the Republic of Hawaii gave a speech about the school. The Hawaiian Band was there along with many invited guests.

When it is completed, this will be one of the most distinguished and beautiful schools, according to what is being said. And when you look at the artist’s rendering, it is indeed splendid. Authorization for building and funds were set aside in the previous session of the Legislature, through the efforts of Legislator Towse, and it was he that gave the final speech that afternoon.

The grounds of this school is near the corner of Waialae and Koko Head. It is being constructed of cement, like many of the great buildings being built these days. And the entire costs will be, as decided by the legislature, $60,000. $8000 was spent to purchase the land. The artist who drew the rendering was J. H. Craig. A. P. McDonald is the one doing the constructing; he received the contract to build the school to completion. Should there be no accidents or hinderances to the progress, the school will be unveiled this coming fall, as per what was decided.

Everything concerning the dedication of the cornerstone fell under the Improvement Club of Palolo and Kaimuki. Present also the head of the DOE, Willis T. Pope, as well as many men and women invited to attend.

[Although sadly this school has been closed, I hear there will be a 100th year celebration of the laying of the cornerstone to be held on the Queen Liliuokalani School grounds, on the 12th of April, with gates opening at 3:00 p. m.

See also from Chronicling America these related articles in English:

Evening Bulletin, 4/13/1912, p. 11,

Hawaiian Gazette, 4/16/1912, p. 7.

And about the actual opening of the school:

Hawaiian Gazette, 10/15/1912, p. 7.]

(Kuokoa, 4/19/1912, p. 6)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLVIII, Helu 16, Aoao 6. Aperila 19, 1912.