Champagne Served in Duke Kahanamoku’s Trophy

This month in history — August 1913 — Duke Kahanamoku‘s friends drank champagne from his trophy. Aboard a ship, they drank for the health of the five-time Olympic medalist in swimming.

Read more about it in “Loving Cup Used for Wine Bowl.”

“Loving Cup Used for Wine Bowl: Duke Kahanamoku’s Trophy is Utilized by Colonel Parker for Purpose Designed” (first column on the right, second story)
The San Francisco call, August 13, 1913, Image 4

Losing a Kingdom

Today in history — August 12, 1898 — people gathered at Iolani Palace to celebrate the “U.S. annexation” of Hawaii. U.S. troops came ashore from Honolulu Harbor. But Queen Lili’uokalani was nowhere to be seen.

Instead, dressed in black in the Washington Place mansion, she and her family members and loyalists mourned losing their Kingdom, as she explained to newspaper reporter Alice Rix in an interview:

Alice Rix: “I thought perhaps you would go away—into the country.”

Queen Lili’uokalani: “Why? I came here to be near my people—to show them how to meet this. It has come upon us together—you understand? Together. I am not alone. My people lose their country; they lose their identity. Should I run away and shut my eyes and my ears when so many of them had to remain here in their homes? My home is also here, in Honolulu [Washington Place]. It gives us all courage to think of others. I remembered my people this day and they remembered me. We bore our trouble together. I did not leave my house….”

Read more about it in “How the Ex-queen Passed the Twelfth of August.”

“How the Ex-queen Passed the Twelfth of August.”
The San Francisco call, August 28, 1898, Image 17

Shark Attack! How did Ancient Hawaiians Capture Sharks?

Nowadays, the news reports the shark attacks in Hawaii beaches. But the ancient Hawaiians hunted sharks and treated them as gods.

Hawaiian shark hunters had to execute perfectly as one mistake could mean instant death. The New York Sun detailed their methods of capturing sharks: using hooks and nets, spearing the sharks, tying sleeping sharks with nooses, and luring sharks to shore. Would you believe that human flesh was used for bait?

Read more about how the Hawaiian shark hunters caught their sharks in “Stories of Hawaii Nei.”

“Stories of Hawaii Nei”
The Hawaiian gazette, September 2, 1902, Image 7

Princess Kaiulani’s Home Destroyed by Fire

Today in history — August 2, 1921 — a fire burned the late Princess Kaiulani’s home–Ainahau. An automatic gas heater next to a former kitchen ignited the fire. Film producer W. F. Adrich and his wife Peggy were residing in the Waikiki house, previously a hotel.

While the house is gone today, the location still honors Princess Kaiulani with the stone bench she sat on with writer Robert Louis Stevenson, a small triangular park, a bronze statue of her in the park, and the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel.

Read more about the house in “Ainahau, Historic Old Landmark, Is Burned.”

“Ainahau, Historic Old Landmark, Is Burned”
The Garden Island, Aug. 9, 1921, P. 8

Liliuokalani Hosting a Reception in Washington, D.C.

This month in history —  July 1902 — Liliuokalani hosted a musicale and reception at the Ebbitt House in Washington, D.C. Guests included representatives and senators. 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.”

“Music and Song for Her Invited Guests”
Hawaiian gazette, July 29, 1910, Page 7

Alcohol Prohibition in Hawaii

This month in history — July 1910 — voters in Hawaii decided whether Hawaii should start a prohibition on alcohol. Liquor sellers campaigned against the proposal and gave voters rides to the polls. The Hawaiian Gazette said, “The liquor people spent money like water–or booze–to get out their voters.” At every polling site, representatives of liquor interests monitored the votes, pressuring all voters to vote “no.”

Read more about the proposed prohibition in 1910 in “How the Vote Was Brought In.”

“How the Vote Was Brought In”
The Hawaiian gazette, July 29, 1910, Page 7, Image 8

Queen Kapiolani’s Funeral

This month in history — July 4, 1899 — Queen Kapiolani’s funeral. Flowers and kahili decorated Kawaiahao Church, and it was “crowded to its utmost.” To the organ’s melody, choirs sang solemn funeral selections such as Handel’s Largo.

To read more about the funeral of King Kalakaua’s wife, read “Passing of the Queen Dowager.”

The Hawaiian gazette, July 5, 1899, Image 1