Prince Consort John Dominis’ Death

Today in history — August 27, 1891 —  the husband of Queen Liliuokalani, John Dominis died. Read more about the Royal Governor of Oahu and Prince Consort in “A Second Sorrow.”

“A Second Sorrow: Death of His Royal Highness the Prince Consort”
The Daily bulletin., August 28, 1891, Image 3

Duke Kahanamoku’s Birthday

Happy birthday Duke Paoa Kahanamoku! Born on August 24, 1890, if he were alive today, he would be 125 years old. Kahanamoku broke the world record in swimming and popularized surfing in mainland United States and Australia. Read more about the Mainland United States newspapers’ coverage of the famous Native Hawaiian in “Duke Kahanamoku in U.S. Newspapers.”

Duke Kahanamoku in U.S. Newspapers

Manjiro Nakahama: One of the First Japanese in America

Starting out as a simple village fisherman, Manjiro Nakahama would become one of the first Japanese people to visit the United States. He likely became the first Japanese person to ride a train and a steamship, officer an American vessel, and lead a trans-Pacific voyage. Nakahama also spent time in the Hawaiian islands.

Read more about it in “Romance of Japanese Who Was Once in These Islands.”

The Pacific commercial advertiser., June 17, 1902, Image 1

Gamblers Wrestling with Police Officers

In 1901, police officers tried to arrest Japanese gamblers, who turned out to be expert wrestlers and tried to evade arrest with their skills:

“… a mild-looking, well-dressed [Japanese man], who with a simple turn of his wrist, threw [the officers] upon their backs or caused them to writhe in pain by a steel-like grip upon their wrists and thumbs.”

How could the police officers arrest these gamblers? Read more about it in “Tricks of Wiry Japs.”

“Tricks of Wiry Japs: No Joke to Try and Arrest Some of Them”
The Pacific commercial advertiser., June 19, 1901, Page 12, Image 12

Ancient Hawaiian Calabash for Sale

For sale: a calabash, a large wooden bowl from the days of Kamehameha I, which has passed through generations.

A Hawaiian chiefess used the calabash during feasts as a container for poi, which the ancient Hawaiians ate around the table. That is, before she met her death when one of her disgruntled workers pushed her off a cliff.

Read more about it in “Relic of the Days of Kamehameha.”

“Relic of the Days of Kamehameha”
The Pacific commercial advertiser, December 11, 1909, Page 10

Kaimuki Public Library Presentation

Alice Kim, HDNP’s graduate research assistant, plans to present at the Kaimuki Public Library on Thursday, October 20, 2015, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Library Address:
Kaimuki Public Library
1041 Koko Head Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816

Library Phone Number: (808) 733-8422

We’ll post more details after they’re confirmed.

Mildred Leo Clemone and Her Native Hawaiians

Mildred Leo Clemone and Her Native Hawaiians introduced Hawaii to audiences in the Midwest in 1920. The ensemble played the ukulele, steel guitar, mandolin, and guitar, and the dancer performed the bamboo dance and the warrior dance.

Read more about it in “Mildred Leo Clemone and Her Native Hawaiians…”

“Mildred Leo Clemone and Her Native Hawaiians…”
The Owosso times., June 11, 1920, Image 6