Will Kaiulani Rule Hawaii?

After the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893, Liliuokalani and Kaiulani traveled through the United States, campaigning for their cause to restore the Hawaiian monarchy. Rumors were flying about Kaiulani becoming the next ruler of Hawaii.

In 1895, Julian D. Hyne, editor of the Hawaiian, claimed that in eight months, the Hawaiian republic would be overthrown and Kaiulani would become queen. He said that people in Hawaii are “sick” of the government and that the Hawaiian republic has $995,000 more debt than when it started and cannot pay for present expenses. Read more about Mr. Hyne’s opinions in “For a Protectorate.”

Koolau the Leper and the Kalalau Valley Rebellion

You have a contagious, incurable disease, and the government wants to exile you to Molokai. Is it time to run and hide?

In 1893, with his wife and son, Koolau the Leper did that and lived in Kalalau Valley, Kauai, with other leprosy victims. However, after the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, the newly formed Provisional Government didn’t want any leprosy victim slipping through the cracks. Thus, the deputy sheriff and policemen tried to drive the leprosy victims out of Kalalau Valley. But instead, the leprosy victims tried to drive them out.

What happened to Koolau the Leper? Read more about it in “Koolau the Leper and the Kalalau Valley Rebellion.”

Shark Fishing for Money

Kids usually make money selling lemonade, mowing the lawn, or washing cars. But boys at Waimea, Kauai, fished for baby sharks and sold them to Chinese customers. Reportedly, the boys were making a lot of money from this sport, and a boy even caught twelve sharks per hour in a day.

Because the boys were focused on catching sharks, the Evening Bulletin says, “the indifference with which they treat the snapping fish when they land them is strange to see.”

Read more about it in “Youthful Shark Fishermen Do Well.”

The Numbing Awa

The awa can definitely numb a person. Kuhao, a “professional awa-chewer,” was so numbed by the awa (kava) that he didn’t feel pain when Kaapana bit his nose off at a hula show. Only after Kuhao’s wife said, “Papa, you’ve got no nose!” did Kuhao realized what happened. Read more about what happened to his nose in “How Kuhao Lost His Nose.”

A Garbage-Filled Swamp Filled in Downtown Honolulu

Did you know that downtown Honolulu once had a salt water swamp filled with garbage? Residents of houses right on the margins of the swamp could smell the decaying leaves, vegetables, and other items, and a dead horse was even floating in the middle of the swamp. Read more about it in the Evening Bulletin’s editorial “An Official Nuisance.”

16-year-old Girl Slaps a Burglar

What would you do if a suspicious stranger walks into your yard at 11 p.m.?

Sixteen-year-old Victoria Fernandez told him to get out, grabbed a revolver, chased after him, and slapped him in the face when he tried to apologize.

Read more about it in “Burglar Slapped By Girl When He Makes Apologies.”

Feline Karma

If somebody were to meow like a cat before dying, would you think a cat’s death caused the death?

Kanohokuahiwi and his two sons Kalani and Kaianui became ill. Kalani mewed like a cat before dying, and Kahuna Neau diagnosed the cause of the illness as killing a favorite cat of Neau’s grandchild. Neau predicted that since the other two men contributed to the cat’s death, they will die as well.

Kanohokuahiwi’s wife begged Neau to magically cure her husband and son. The “aged but vigorous-looking Hawaiian woman” said doing so will be difficult, but would attempt to cure them.

She cooked a pig in an imu (underground oven), and somebody ate it while mysterious rites and incantations to Wahineaea and other aumakuas were made. Then, the same was done to a second, third, then fourth pig. Did Kanohokuahiwi and Kaianui survive? Read more about it in “Caught a Kahuna.”

The Ancient Hawaiians’ Political Assassins

For their medical needs, ancient Hawaiians relied on the kahuna (Hawaiian sorcerer). For political assassins, the Hawaiians also relied on the kahuna.

When the United States annexed Hawaii, some people thought this event would stop the kahuna. However, they warned prominent native Hawaiians supporting annexation that they would face a dire fate. Shortly afterwards, they mysteriously died.

Did the kahuna pray them to death or poison them? Read more about it in “Under the Spell of Kahuna.”

Finders, Keepers? Do Hawaiian Artifacts Belong in a Museum?

Does an ancient Hawaiian artifact belong in a museum?

Obviously, steamer purser Jim Davis thought so. He found a 150-year-old stone awa bowl where a native hut used to stand in Kona. Davis planned to offer the bowl to Bishop Museum, which did not have one made of stone.

Read more about it in “Curio Comes from Kona.”

A Native Hawaiian Playing the Ukulele in a Washington Prison

In 1917, a Native Hawaiian prisoner’s strums on his ukulele could be heard in a Washington State prison:

“Day after day there would come floating down from the practice room exquisite, soft strains of plaintive Hawaiian melodies, as Kanaka, thru the magic of his music, visited in fancy the haunts of his childhood, and saw again the turquoise skies and the opalescent sheen of the moonlit surf breaking against the shores he loved so well.”

After the nameless “Kanaka” died, he was laid to rest in the prison graveyard with his ukulele. Read about him in “Tender Strains of ‘Aloha’ Followed Kanaka to Grave.”