Visiting Kilauea Volcano in 1847

Back in the 1840s, visiting Kilauea Volcano meant entailed a thirty-mile horseback ride, including an overnight stay. Back then, there were no buildings on Kilauea, so camping or living in a grass hut were the only options.

The editor of the Polynesian made the three-week trip, sailing from Honolulu, climbing up and down from Kilauea, and sailing back home at the cost of $50. Read more about his journey in “A Trip to the Crater of Kilauea.”

Theatrical and Amusements

In the 1910s, a night on the town in Hawaii might include watching shows at the theatre. The variety of shows was endless: dances (hula and Western), operas, films, theatrical performances, comedies, circuses, and musical performances. Read more.

Hawaiian Record Ads

Our Hawaiian Record Ads are all up on Hamilton Library’s Flickr and Pinterest sites!

In 1898, the American music recording industry was developing, and the U.S. annexation of Hawaii brought attention to the future Aloha State. Hawaiian music was becoming popular in the U.S. and throughout the world, and ads about Hawaiian music records appeared in American newspapers in the first quarter of the 1900s.

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Presentation in LIS 693 — Resources in Hawaiian & Pacific Librarianship

Hawaiian specialist librarian Dore Minatodani presented about Chronicling America to a library science class, LIS 693 — Resources in Hawaiian & Pacific Librarianship, on Thursday, September 11. She explained to fourteen students about how to do research in historic and modern Hawaii newspapers and gave examples of how to search in Chronicling America.

Pacific specialist librarians Stuart Dawrs and Eleanor Kleiber are teaching this class in the Library and Information Science Program, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Stu said, “We think the [Hawaii Digital Newspaper Project] is an excellent addition to the tools available for researching 19th and early 20th century news coverage related to Hawaii and the Pacific.”

Chun Ah Fong’s Thirteen Daughters

Harriet Ah Fong, one of Chun Ah Fong's daughtersIn the late 1800s, Chun Ah Fong offered a $350,000 dowry to whoever married one of his thirteen daughters. Louisiana’s The Opelousas Courier says,

“All the Ah Fong girls are petite have peculiarly graceful ways, winning voices and a certain vivacity that has no comparable counterpart in American life. … [They] are good singers, and have the love of the Hawaiians for string music.”

Read more about the daughters of Hawaii’s first Chinese millionaire in “The Pretty Ah Fong Girls of Honolulu.”

Prince Kuhio’s Zoo

Kuhio owned an “odd private collection” of animals, according to Tennessee’s Lawrence Democrat. He reportedly collected rare birds during his trip around the world.

Kuhio kept a pet turtle in his front yard (right image). With an estimated age of 750 years old, the turtle served as a pet to Kuhio’s royal family for almost 150 years.

Read more about Kuhio’s zoo in “Congressman’s Own Zoo.”

Rubber Plantation in Nahiku, Maui

In 1900, the only commercial rubber plantation in the United States started in Nahiku, a tiny village on the northern coast of East Maui. Read more about it in “Eighteen Feet of Tree in Fourteen Months.”


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