Posted: August 23, 2016 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Deaths, News, Public Figures, Royalty, Teasers
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
Posted: August 20, 2016 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Teasers
This month in history — August 27, 1898 — after Liliuokalani returned from a trip, Native Hawaiians went to her home, Washington Place, and gave her gifts. Even when Liliuokalani no longer ruled Hawaii, the Native Hawaiians practiced the tradition of Ho‘okupu–giving gifts to the ruler returning from a trip.
In Washington Place’s living room were live roosters, poi, taro roots, fruits, flowers, lei, ferns, dried or raw fish wrapped in ti leaves, calabashes, and even silver.
Read more about Ho‘okupu in “Liliuokalani’s Hookupu.”
The sun, August 28, 1898, Page 2
Posted: August 17, 2016 Filed under: Articles, Business, Teasers
Shoppers in Hawaii in 1903 could then buy “odd things” from Korea: brass utensils and bowls, bamboo curtains, and woven wooden baskets.
The Pacific Commercial Advertiser said the items were the “most strange to look at … although there is something finer in matting than anything that has ever been shown in the city …”
The floor mats were “woven of the finest straw, thick and very soft. Unfortunately, it is no longer good form to sit upon mats in the more highly civilized countries of the world.”
Read more about it in “Odd Things from Korea.”
“Odd Things from Korea”
The Pacific commercial advertiser, February 1, 1903, Page 8
Posted: August 13, 2016 Filed under: Articles, Teasers
“An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure,” was the motto of the Palama Settlement. Since 1896, it offered social services to the working class of Kalihi
Thousands of people of various ethnicities lived in Palama. Drinking, swearing, gambling, fighting, and domestic abuse were part of life here, and sick residents with scarlet fever and tuberculosis suffered without medical treatment.
Enriching lives, the Palama Settlement provided medical care, a kindergarten, a recreation center, a library, and a reading-room and continues to serve Palama today. Read more about it in “Settlement Workers in the Honolulu Slums.”
“Settlement Workers in the Honolulu Slums”
Pacific commercial advertiser, September 25, 1910, Page 3
Posted: August 5, 2016 Filed under: Teasers
BUSINESSMAN HAS OWN RECIPE FOR RIPE MANGO JAM With mango trees loaded with fruits its almost a crime to let all the luscious fruit go to waste. That’s the opinion of Robert F. Lange, Honolulu…
Source: Mango jam? Sounds ono, 1936.
Posted: August 3, 2016 Filed under: Articles, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, News, Teasers
Residents complained about Manoa School’s conditions one hundred and three years ago.
Fifty-one students were “jammed into a small room in a badly-dilapidated building.” A single small tap provided drinking water for the entire school, and everyone used the same tin drinking cup. Every three children shared a single desk.
Read more about it in “Manoa Residents Stirred to Action by School Conditions.”
Manoa Residents Stirred to Action by School Conditions
Honolulu star-bulletin, Jan. 16, 1913, Image 1