Theatrical and Amusements

In the 1910s, a night on the town in Hawaii might include watching shows at the theatre. The variety of shows was endless: dances (hula and Western), operas, films, theatrical performances, comedies, circuses, and musical performances. Read more.

Hawaiian Record Ads

Our Hawaiian Record Ads are all up on Hamilton Library’s Flickr and Pinterest sites!

In 1898, the American music recording industry was developing, and the U.S. annexation of Hawaii brought attention to the future Aloha State. Hawaiian music was becoming popular in the U.S. and throughout the world, and ads about Hawaiian music records appeared in American newspapers in the first quarter of the 1900s.

Hawaiian Record Ads


Presentation in LIS 693 — Resources in Hawaiian & Pacific Librarianship

Hawaiian specialist librarian Dore Minatodani presented about Chronicling America to a library science class, LIS 693 — Resources in Hawaiian & Pacific Librarianship, on Thursday, September 11. She explained to fourteen students about how to do research in historic and modern Hawaii newspapers and gave examples of how to search in Chronicling America.

Pacific specialist librarians Stuart Dawrs and Eleanor Kleiber are teaching this class in the Library and Information Science Program, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Stu said, “We think the [Hawaii Digital Newspaper Project] is an excellent addition to the tools available for researching 19th and early 20th century news coverage related to Hawaii and the Pacific.”

Chun Ah Fong’s Thirteen Daughters

Harriet Ah Fong, one of Chun Ah Fong's daughtersIn the late 1800s, Chun Ah Fong offered a $350,000 dowry to whoever married one of his thirteen daughters. Louisiana’s The Opelousas Courier says,

“All the Ah Fong girls are petite have peculiarly graceful ways, winning voices and a certain vivacity that has no comparable counterpart in American life. … [They] are good singers, and have the love of the Hawaiians for string music.”

Read more about the daughters of Hawaii’s first Chinese millionaire in “The Pretty Ah Fong Girls of Honolulu.”

“The Pretty Ah Fong Girls of Honolulu: A Truly Wonderful Story That is Unparalleled Even in the World of Fiction”

The Opelousas courier, April 15, 1899, Image 2

Prince Kuhio’s Zoo

Kuhio owned an “odd private collection” of animals, according to Tennessee’s Lawrence Democrat. He reportedly collected rare birds during his trip around the world.

Kuhio kept a pet turtle in his front yard (right image). With an estimated age of 750 years old, the turtle served as a pet to Kuhio’s royal family for almost 150 years.

Read more about Kuhio’s zoo in “Congressman’s Own Zoo.”

“Congressman’s Own Zoo”
Lawrence democrat, March 31, 1905, Image 2

Rubber Plantation in Nahiku, Maui

In 1900, the only commercial rubber plantation in the United States started in Nahiku, a tiny village on the northern coast of East Maui. Read more about it in “Eighteen Feet of Tree in Fourteen Months.”

Hawaii Digital Resources Symposium

The Hawaii Digital Newspaper Project – Martha Chantiny and Jennifer Beamer – hosted the first Hawaii Digital Resources Symposium.  Approximately 60 participants attended the event on August 1, 2014.For HDNP, Martha presented about HDNP’s technical aspects, while Jennifer and Alice Kim presented about HDNP’s outreach efforts.

Other presenters included Keikilani Meyer and Loko’olu Quintero for the Ulukau Electronic Library, Keau George, Annemarie Aweau for the Hula Preservation Society, Shavonn Matsuda and interns for Ulu’Ulu.

Many thanks to Ulu’Ulu for the photo.

UH Hilo Presentation on Friday, September 5, 2014

uhh_logoCo-Principal Investigator Martha Chantiny will present about the Hawaii Digital Newspaper Project at the University of Hawaii at Hilo campus:

Presentation: What can I find in Hawaiʻi’s Newspapers from 1836 – 1922?

When: Friday, September 5, 2014, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Classroom, Mookini Library, UH Hilo

UH Hilo contact: Thora Abarca, Public Services Librarian
Edwin H. Mookini Library
University of Hawaii at Hilo
200 W. Kawili St., Hilo, HI 96721

Liliuokalani’s Tahitian Suitor

Liliuokalani’s Tahitian Suitor