Finding a Hawaiian Idol

Finding a Hawaiian idol can cause quite a stir. When Alatau Leonard Charles Atkinson got a four-foot wooden idol, hundreds of native Hawaiians rushed to Atkinson’s office to name and claim the idol as their families’ family idol.

Museums and collectors offered to purchase the idol. Atkinson sold it, but to who? Read more about it in “He Parts with His Idol.”

Liliuokalani Hosting a Reception in Washington, D.C.

In 1902, Liliuokalani hosted a musicale and reception at the Ebbitt House in Washington, D.C. Dignitaries, including representatives and senators, attended. Large palms and flowers decorated the rooms, and the orchestra played Hawaiian music. Read more about this reception in “Music and Song for Her Invited Guests.”

Kala Fights a Shark

In 1852, a captain’s young son fell overboard at a Guatemalan harbor, and a shark, which already killed another shipman three days ago, was swimming nearby.

Kala, a Native Hawaiian working on a ship far from his homeland, jumped into the water to kill the shark. Did Kala succeed?

Read more about it in “Kala Kills Sharks.”

Ukulele Ads Featured on recently featured our ukulele ads collection on Flickr, so those ads have been getting a lot more hits than usual!

We’ll be uploading even more ukulele ads in the next four weeks, so keep checking back!

Chief Moikeha

Rejected by his lover Luukia, ancient Tahitian high chief Moikeha sailed 2,300 miles from Tahiti to Hawaii, became an alii in Kauai, and started a family. Read more about it in “The Story of Moikeha.”

Start of the University of Hawaii at Manoa

In 1907, the University of Hawaii started out as the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. Hawaii Governor George Carter and the newly formed Board of Regents discussed the college’s formation, including the campus’ location and buildings.

Read more about the informal discussion about the development of the future UH Manoa campus in “Agricultural College Start.”

Tribute to the Last Hawaiian Monarch

The last Hawaiian monarch, Queen Liliuokalani died in 1917. Dressed in a holoku of borcaded duchesse satin trimmed with rose-point lace, her body was laid to rest in state on a yellow-draped koa table in Kawaiahao Church. Hundreds of people went to pay tribute to Hawaii’s former head of state. Read more about about this tribute.


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