South Seas Swimmers

Traditional South Seas mothers, including Hawaiian mothers, never worried about their babies drowning, as they could swim in the ocean, according to the Daily Press. Are people in the South Seas the most talented swimmers?

Read more about it in “Swimming in the Pacific.”


Daily press., September 04, 1898, Image 5

Princess Kaiulani’s Engagement Rumors

Wouldn’t you want to know the latest celebrity news? Princess Victoria Kaiulani was a celebrity. Newspapers reported where she went, what she did, and who she spent time with. In the 1890s, American newspapers speculated who the crown princess and heir apparent to the Hawaiian throne would marry. Read more…

The Zodiac Craze

A 1915 newspaper announces an outbreak of plague in France is imminent. The following year a Persian savant predicts a certain White House baby will go on to become “Magistrate Ruler of the World.” How do these prophets know? It’s written in the stars!

From palm reading to Ouija boards to zodiac signs, Americans have exhibited a bizarre fascination with demystifying their destinies. Gaining recognition in the late 1800’s the reputation of horoscopes has morphed from an ancient pseudo-science into a respectable discipline—featured almost daily in U.S. newspapers by the early 1900’s.

Read more about it in the Zodiac Craze Topic Guide.

The Zodiac Craze Topic Guide

Japanese Immigration

Today in history — June 19, 1868 — the first group of Japanese immigrants arrived in Hawaii. After thirty-three days on the sea, 147 males and 6 females from Yokohama would head to the sugar plantations to work as laborers.

The Hawaiian Gazette gave the first impression of the Japanese: “good-natured and lusty-looking” “very polite withal, having picked up our salutation of ‘aloha,’ and are not without a small degree of shame-facedness in regard to their appearance in coarse and sea-soiled clothing.”

Read more about their arrival:
The Hawaiian gazette., June 10, 1868, Image 2

“The arrival, on Friday last, of 147 Japanese laborers…”
The Hawaiian gazette., June 24, 1868, Image 2

“The provision in the contracts of the Japanese Immigrants…”
The Hawaiian gazette., August 12, 1868, Image 2

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My Honolulu Girl

On the Beach at Waikiki

Hawaii’s First Governor and Hawaii Becoming American

Today in history — June 14, 1900 — In front of thousands of people at Iolani Palace, Sanford Ballard Dole took an oath to become Territory of Hawaii’s first governor. Hawaii became a territory of the United States. Read more about it in “Governor Dole Takes the Oath.”

“Governor Dole Takes the Oath”
The Honolulu republican. (Honolulu, T.H.) 1900-1902, June 15, 1900, Image 1

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King Kamehameha I Day

Today in history — June 11, 1916 — people in Honolulu celebrated King Kamehameha I Day. Hawaiian men dressed in bright yellow cloaks for Hawaiian royalty marched in floral parades. In a ceremony, men in the alii outfit flanked Kamehameha I’s statue in downtown. Read more about it in “Kamehameha Day Spectacle Makes Most Gorgeous Display.”

“Kamehameha Day Spectacle Makes Most Gorgeous Display”
The Hawaiian gazette., June 13, 1916, Image 1

U.S. Senators Served Dog at Luau

Ancient native Hawaiians ate Hawaiian poi dogs as a delicacy, and no luau was complete without them. However, dogs were not served in luau with white people because they were not used to the idea of eating dogs.

U.S. Senators in 1902 wanted to try all Hawaiian dishes and tried the roasted dog. Did they like it? Find out in “The Dog Was Good.”

“The Dog Was Good”
The Paducah sun., October 27, 1902, Image 1