Ukulele Ads

All our ukulele ads are online! On Hamilton Library’s Flickr and Pinterest sites, that is.

Most are from U.S. Mainland newspapers. Ukulele was once a fad on the Mainland, so I searched “ukulele” in newspapers from all states but Hawaii.

Since upload, the ukulele ads instantly became popular in our collection. Many viewers seemed to find them through searching “ukulele” on Flickr. 

Now we’re uploading Hawaiian souvenir ads, mostly from Hawaii Newspapers. Continuing with the Mainland’s fascination with Hawaii in the early 1900s, soon we’ll upload ads for Hawaiian music records!

Growing Up in Hanalei, Kauai

When she was growing up in Hanalei, Kauai, in the 1850s, Mrs. T. J. King befriended King Kamehameha IV, Queen Emma, and Queen Kapiolani. King played pranks on Kapiolani–putting sand in her bowl of pink poi and hiding her shoes up the tree.

Read more about it in King’s memories of growing up in Hanalei, Kauai, in “Reminiscences of Hanalei, Kauai”:

The Garden Island., May 22, 1917, Page 2, Image 2

The Garden Island., May 29, 1917, Page 2, Image 2

The Garden Island., June 05, 1917, Page 2, Image 2

Brother Joseph Dutton of Molokai

In the past five years, Father Damien and Marianne Cope became Hawaii’s first two Catholic saints. Brother Joseph Dutton could become the third. Like them, he spent the rest of his life, forty-two years, helping exiled leprosy victims in Kalaupapa, Molokai.

Brother Joseph wasn’t always a Catholic missionary. In Wisconsin, he was a civil war veteran who worked in a successful career, but struggled with depression, a failed marriage, and alcoholism. At age forty, Brother Joseph started practicing the Catholic faith, retired from his job, and started a new life. He told his friends,

“I had a feeling that I wanted to be in touch with human sufferings, to be active in the relief of those of my fellow-beings who were afflicted, yet so as not to bring me in direct contact with the outside world.”

Read more about Brother Joseph in “A Washington Beau Brummel…”

Prince Henry of Prussia’s Visit to Honolulu in 1879

When King Kalakaua visited England in 1881, Crown Prince Frederick III of Germany thanked him for hosting a reception for his son two years ago:

“Your majesty … I came to salute you and … express my thanks to you, for your kind treatment of my son, Prince Henry, when he made a visit to your Kingdom. I shall present myself to Your Majesty tomorrow.”

Prince Frederick then bowed to Kalakaua.

A lady in the Hawaiian court describes her eyewitness account of Prince Henry’s reception at Aliiolani Hale (the judicial building) in a letter. Read more about it in “Impress of the Prince.”

Queen Liliuokalani on the Day Her Country Lost Independence

“On the morning of August 12, 1898, troops from the warship USS Philadelphia marched ashore for the ceremony at Iolani Palace formally recognizing the annexation of the Hawaiian Islands by the United States. lowering the Hawaiian flag in 1898

On the morning of August 12, 1898, a ceremony at Iolani Palace marked the U.S. annexation of Hawaii. The Royal Hawaiian Band played Hawaii Ponoi as the Hawaiian flag went down and The Star-Spangled Banner as the American flag went up.

What was Queen Liliuokalani doing when her country’s flag was being lowered and replaced by the American flag during the U.S. annexation ceremony in 1898? She stayed in her home, Washington Place, with family members and loyalists. Read what she said to a San Francisco Call reporter:

Alice Rix: “I thought perhaps you would go away—into the country.”

Queen Lili’uokalani: “Why? I came here to be near my people—to show them how to meet this. It has come upon us together—you understand? Together. I am not alone. My people lose their country; they lose their identity. Should I run away and shut my eyes and my ears when so many of them had to remain here in their homes? My home is also here, in Honolulu [Washington Place]. It gives us all courage to think of others. I remembered my people this day and they remembered me. We bore our trouble together. I did not leave my house….”

Read more about it in “How the Ex-queen Passed the Twelfth of August.”

Prince Kuhio Arrested in Washington D.C. for “Disorderly Conduct”

In 1904,  Hawaii congressional delegate Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole said policemen in Washington D.C. hit him from behind, tackled him to ground, and arrested him for “disorderly conduct” in a billiard saloon. But they said the Hawaiian prince was arguing with a man, they told him to quiet down, and he told them he was a congressional delegate and acted abusively.

Which side do you believe? Read more about it in “Kuhio’s Account of His Arrest.”

Chinese New Year in Prison

In 1900, Chinese people in quarantine at the Kakaako detention camp wanted to celebrate their most important holiday: Chinese New Year. They requested the government to give them 25,000 fire crackers and one can of peanut oil. Read more about it in“To Celebrate New Year’s” (far right).


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