Ke Kukini: UH Manoa Library’s Newsletter

From the UH Manoa Library Digital Collections Blog:

A well-known cartoonist in Hawaii, Jon Murakami draws people of various ethnicities and animals with a local flair and incorporates pidgin (Hawaiian Creole English). His works have appeared in comic books, his comic strip in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, local children’s books, t-shirts, and greeting cards.

Jon started drawing for publication when he attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa during the early 1990s. When he wasn’t studying or working as a UH Manoa Library student assistant, Jon drew for the campus newspaper Ka Leo O Hawaii and Ke Kukini, UH Manoa’s library’s newsletter. Ke Kukini ran his illustrations and comic strip, “Library Use Only,” and even predicted his future fame: Click Here to Read the Article...

Hawaiian Women: The Most Eligible Bachelorettes?

The New York Sun claimed Rose Davison, Hawaii’s representative at the Pan-American fair, said all Hawaiian girls were beautiful, were heiresses, and were waiting for American youths to propose marriage to them. Davison denied saying that, but received tons of letters from interested men, such as the following:

“You say the [Hawaiian] girls are very wealthy. There are nice men … who would trade color for wealth in this country; but very few of them have money to take them to Hawaii. Could they only meet both their conditions might be bettered.”

Read more about it in “Wanted as Wives.”

“Wanted as Wives: American Hearts Fired by Tale of Beautiful Hawaiian Heiresses”
Albuquerque daily citizen, Aug. 19, 1902, P. 4

Newsies: Newsboys and Newsgirls

Newsboy“Extra, extra!!” In the 19th and 20th centuries, newspaper boys and girls (“newsies”) sold newspapers on city streets. Newsies needed to sell all their papers to turn a profit.

In 1899, a jump in newspaper prices prompted New York City newsies to strike against big-name publishers like Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst. Read more about it in “Newsies.”


Native Hawaiians Protested U.S. Annexation of Hawaii

Today in history — September 11, 1897 — Native Hawaiians initiated a petition drive against the U.S. annexation of Hawaii. Through October 2, 1897, 21,269 native Hawaiians, or the majority of the 39,000 on the census, signed the “Petition Against Annexation.”

Read more about it in Native Hawaiians Petition Against U.S. Annexation.

Native Hawaiians Petition Against U.S. Annexation

Queen Liliuokalani Cancelled Her Birthday Luau

Hau’oli lā hānau, happy birthday Queen Liliuokalani! On her sixty-four birthday in 1910, Liliuokalani cancelled her birthday luau because Prince David Kawananakoa did not RSVP, and she did not know why. Read more about it in “Luau Abandoned.”

Luau Abandoned
Honolulu times, October 1, 1910, Page 3

Prince Albert Kamehameha’s Death

Today in history — August 27, 1862 — Prince Albert Kamehameha died. The Pacific Commercial Advertiser said,

“He early developed an unusual forwardness, … [his parents] almost idolized him… As he grew older, the winning traits which he began to [develop], naturally drew out to him a strong attachment and love from all who knew him …”

Read more about it in “Death of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Hawaii.”

“Death of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Hawaii”
The Pacific commercial advertiser., August 28, 1862, Image 2

Prince Consort John Owen Dominis Died

This week in history — August 23, 1891 — John Owen Dominis died. Eight months before, his wife Queen Liliuokalani became the last ruling monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi.

A friend and family member to Hawaiian royalty, the Prince Consort played many powerful roles:

Royal Governor of Oahu
Royal Governor of Maui
Lieutenant General and Commander in Chief
Quartermaster General and Commissioner of Crown Lands
Legislator in the House of Nobles
Royal Commander of royal orders (e.g. Royal Order of Kamehameha and the Royal Order of Kalākaua)
Member of the King’s Privy Council, Board of Health, Board of Education, and Bureau of Immigration

Dominis left behind his ten-year-old son, and Liliuokalani adopted John ʻAimoku Dominis as her stepson.

Through Dominis’ death, Liliuokalani inherited Washington Place, his family home, which would house Hawaii’s future governors.

Read more about John Owen Dominis in “Death of H. R. H. the Prince Consort.”

“Death of H. R. H. the Prince Consort”
The Hawaiian gazette, September 1, 1891, Image 1