Merry Christmas from HDNP!

Here are some Christmas images from our Flickr photo collection!

“And Santa Claus loves them all. All nationalities look alike to him.”
The Hawaiian gazette., December 23, 1913, Page 5, Image 5

“Santa Claus knows what’s what in Hawaii”
The Pacific commercial advertiser., December 25, 1909, SECOND SECTION, Page 15, Image 15

“Keeping their date — Will Santa Claus Keep His?”
The Pacific commercial advertiser., December 21, 1909, Image 1

“Japanese Bazaar Xmas suggestions: embroidered screens, parasols and bags, carved tables and stands, brass and lacquer. Satsuma and Cloisonne. Ladies’ coats and dress patterns, children’s jackets, gifts for your Japanese, large assortment of toys, crockery, etc.”
The Pacific commercial advertiser., December 24, 1909, SECOND SECTION, Page 11, Image 11

“Holiday bargains — Toys in exceptional variety. Jewelry of all kinds, including special items in Norwegian spoons, necklaces, pendants and other specialties. Japanese goods including teasets. Stationary books and fancy paper. Choice candies and perfumery. Hofgaard’s Waimea. Do your Xmas shopping early.”
The Garden Island., December 05, 1916, Page 2, Image 2

Coconut crab in Hawaii, 1897.


[Found under: “LOCAL BREVITIES”]

Willie Nott is the proud possessor of one large coconut crab and four hermit crabs, and he is at a loss to know what to do with them.

(Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 7/27/1897, p. 7)

Willie Nott... The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume XXVI, Number 4670, Page 7. July 27, 1897.

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Bishop Museum, 1891.



THE BISHOP MUSEUM IS NOT open to the public until the arrangement of the collections is completed, of which due notice will be given; and until then visitors cannot be admitted.

W. T. BRIGHAM, Curator.

May 14, 1891.

(Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 5/16/1891, p. 2)

NOTICE. The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume XIII, Number 2766, Page 2. May 16, 1891.

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Hawaiian Artifacts

What would you do if you find a Hawaiian artifact? You can keep it, sell it, donate it to a museum, or leave it where it was found.

In the 1890s and early 1900s, Hawaii newspapers reported discoveries of Hawaiian artifacts, including … Read More

Whaling Industry

1820s: Because of Hawaii’s central location in the Pacific Ocean, whaling ships started to sail to Hawaii to replenish supplies, repair ships, and allow the crew to rest. Most ships sailed to the major ports in Honolulu and Lahaina; other ships sailed to lesser ports including Hilo and Kealakekua on the Big Island and Waimea and Koloa on Kauai. … Read More

A Ghost Sighting in Punaluu, Big Island

A ghost sighting in Punaluu, Big Island, prompted native Hawaiians to move mauka (towards the mountain). Reportedly, the ghost of a native Hawaiian man who died and was buried took a seat in a luau months later. Read more about it in “Ghost Sits down to Native Banquet.”

“Ghost Sits down to Native Banquet”
The Indianapolis journal, February 1, 1904, Page 3

Hawaii in World Fairs

Going to the world fair in the late 1800s and early-to-mid 1900s means walking through the Hawaiian exhibit.

It may include Native Hawaiian huts surrounded by tropical plants towering over visitors, and Hawaiians paddling their canoes on the artificial lakes.  The exhibit also includes smiling Hawaiian ladies with grass skirts dancing the hula and serving visitors sliced pineapples, and Hawaiian musicians singing and strumming the Hawaiian ukulele and guitar. … Read More

A Native Hawaiian Village

A hundred years ago, Hawaii Governor George Carter considered establishing a historical native Hawaiian village as an attraction for tourists. The village would include hula dancing, heiau (temples) with idols, grass huts, and taro patches. Read more about it in “To Revive Old Hawaii.”

“To Revive Old Hawaii”
The Pacific commercial advertiser., December 03, 1904, Page 3, Image 3