Prince Albert’s Birthday

Today in history — May 20, 1858 — Prince Albert Kamehameha was born, entering the world with much fanfare. A salute of twenty-one guns fired. Children visited Prince Albert with gifts, including a baby carriage and silk flags. People raised flags and put up colorful streamers. It was hoped that the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Hawaii would continue the Kamehameha dynasty as king.

Read more about Prince Albert Kamehameha.

Prince Albert Kamehameha

Father Damien’s Arrival in Hawaii

This week in history — May 10, 1873 — Father Damien and his bishop arrived at Kalaupapa, where leprosy victims lived in exile. Taking care of the community for the rest of his life, Father Damien encouraged the community to follow basic laws, constructed buildings and coffins, constructed a water system, planted trees, encouraged the government to provide more resources for the leprosy victims, and boosted people’s morale. The Belgian missionary priest’s selflessness made him famous internationally.

Read more about leprosy in Hawaii in this topic guide.

Leprosy Topic Guide

Mothers’ Day in Honolulu

In 1916, Mothers’ Day in Honolulu meant men giving sweet pea bouquets to their mothers, church services observing Mothers’ Day in their sermons, and people wearing white flowers. Read more about it in “Mothers’ Day Observed with Tender Tribute.”

“Mothers’ Day Observed with Tender Tribute”
Honolulu star-bulletin., May 15, 1916, 3:30 Edition, Page FIVE, Image 5

May Day in Hawaii

Today in history — May 1, 1902 — Students from Royal School, Kamehameha School, Oahu College (Punahou School), and Kawaiahao Seminary sang in celebration of May Day. Boys from Kamehameha School sang Hawaiian melodies accompanied by orchestral music, and girls wore white dresses. School children in Lahaina, Maui, celebrated May Day by performing the maypole march, raising the flag, and singing songs. Read more about it in “The May Day Concert” and “May Day at Lahaina.”

“The May Day Concert” and “May Day at Lahaina”
The Hawaiian star., May 02, 1902, Page SEVEN, Image 7

The Hula Skirt in Fashion

Fashion designers in Paris and London designed clothes inspired by the Hawaiian grass hula skirt in 1922. Would you agree that these are “freaky fashions” or that London is “crazy about clothes”?

Check out the images in our Flickr collection.

Read more about it in “Freaky Fashions by the Famous Poiret of Paris,” “Paris ‘Hula Hula’ Gown the Rage,” and “Has London Gone Crazy About Clothes?”


“Wants Prices on Hula Skirt Fiber”
The Pacific commercial advertiser., June 25, 1910, SECOND SECTION, Page 10, Image 10

“Make Hula Skirt”
The Seattle star., September 26, 1917, Image 1

“Paris ‘Hula Hula’ Gown the Rage”
The evening world., June 22, 1920, Final Edition, Image 19

“Freaky Fashions by the Famous Poiret of Paris”
The Washington times., July 02, 1922, SUNDAY MORNING, Page 11, Image 55

“Has London Gone Crazy About Clothes?”
The Morning Tulsa daily world., December 10, 1922, FINAL EDITION, COMIC AND MAGAZINE SECTION, Image 59

Dowager Queen Emma Rooke’s Death

One hundred and thirty years ago, Dowager Queen Emma Rooke would die in her Honolulu home. After suffering from headaches and convulsions, Emma would die while reclining on her sofa, attended by her friend Miss Peabody. Read more about it in “Departed: Death of Dowager Queen Emma.”

“Departed: Death of Dowager Queen Emma”
The Pacific commercial advertiser., April 27, 1885, Image 2

Kuoomauna, the Guard of the Mountains

Kuoomauna, the guard of the mountains, sits on top of one of the highest peaks of Hawaii island. A royal Hawaiian head-dress crowns his head, as he observes the scenery below: scattered rocks, green forests, villages, plantations, and the surrounding tropical fauna.

With its human-like figure, Kuoomauna’s mountain watched as the ancient Hawaiians worshipped it. They approached the mountain only after performing mystic rites and ceremonies and bringing offerings of berries and Pele grass.

Read more about Kuoomauna in “By Mysterious Ways Native Hawaiians Predict Volcanic Eruptions.”

“By Mysterious Ways Native Hawaiians Predict Volcanic Eruptions”

The San Francisco call., August 06, 1899, Page 29, Image 29


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