The Hula Skirt in Fashion

Fashion designers in Paris and London designed clothes inspired by the Hawaiian grass hula skirt in 1922. Would you agree that these are “freaky fashions” or that London is “crazy about clothes”?

Check out the images in our Flickr collection.

Read more about it in “Freaky Fashions by the Famous Poiret of Paris,” “Paris ‘Hula Hula’ Gown the Rage,” and “Has London Gone Crazy About Clothes?”


“Wants Prices on Hula Skirt Fiber”
The Pacific commercial advertiser., June 25, 1910, SECOND SECTION, Page 10, Image 10

“Make Hula Skirt”
The Seattle star., September 26, 1917, Image 1

“Paris ‘Hula Hula’ Gown the Rage”
The evening world., June 22, 1920, Final Edition, Image 19

“Freaky Fashions by the Famous Poiret of Paris”
The Washington times., July 02, 1922, SUNDAY MORNING, Page 11, Image 55

“Has London Gone Crazy About Clothes?”
The Morning Tulsa daily world., December 10, 1922, FINAL EDITION, COMIC AND MAGAZINE SECTION, Image 59

Dowager Queen Emma Rooke’s Death

One hundred and thirty years ago, Dowager Queen Emma Rooke died in her Honolulu home. After headaches and convulsions, Emma died on her sofa, attended by friend Miss Peabody. Read more about it in “Departed: Death of Dowager Queen Emma.”

“Departed: Death of Dowager Queen Emma”
Pacific commercial advertiser, April 27, 1885, Image 2

Kuoomauna, the Guard of the Mountains

Kuoomauna, the guard of the mountains, sits on top of one of the highest peaks of Hawaii island. A royal Hawaiian head-dress crowns his head, as he observes the scenery below: scattered rocks, green forests, villages, plantations, and the surrounding tropical fauna.

With its human-like figure, Kuoomauna’s mountain watched as the ancient Hawaiians worshipped it. They approached the mountain only after performing mystic rites and ceremonies and bringing offerings of berries and Pele grass.

Read more about Kuoomauna in “By Mysterious Ways Native Hawaiians Predict Volcanic Eruptions.”

“By Mysterious Ways Native Hawaiians Predict Volcanic Eruptions”

The San Francisco call., August 06, 1899, Page 29, Image 29

Automobile Ads

Before 1899, horses, carriages, and bicycles ruled the dirt roads in Honolulu. On October 8, 1899, people watched Henry P. Baldwin and Edward D. Tenney drive Hawaii’s first “horseless car” around town.

Hawaii car dealers advertised in Hawaii newspapers ever since. Earliest brands included Ford and Locomobile. Plus, Schuman Carriage served as one of Hawaii’s earliest automobile dealers.

View these automobile ads in our Flickr Collection:

Automobile Ads on Flickr

Easter Sunday in Honolulu

Today in history — Easter Sunday in 1913 — churches in Honolulu celebrated Easter with special Easter sermons, Easter lillies, and Easter eggs. Read more about it in Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s special Easter spread.

“Spirit of Easter in All the Churches”
Honolulu star-bulletin., March 22, 1913, 3:30 Edition, Image 8

April Fools’ Day

“The first of April some do say, Was set apart for All Fools’ Day: But why the people call it so, Nor I nor they themselves do know” begins the article in the San Francisco Call on April 1, 1900, which discusses the history and customs of “April Fool’s Day,” also known as “All Fools’ Day.” Read more about it in this April Fools’ Day topic guide.

April Fools’ Day Topic Guide