A Gift from Abraham Lincoln

Rev. James Kekela got a watch and chain from President Abraham Lincoln for saving an American citizen from being eaten by cannibals. Read more about it in “Lincoln’s Gift to a Honolululan.”

Pacific commercial advertiser, January 15, 1901, Page 6

The call for information on traditional knowledge, 1860. — nupepa

ANCIENT MELE. I want to obtain Mele about the arrival of Papa folks, and perhaps others, and Mele with each individual name, and Mele about the Kaiakahinalii [Great Flood], and Mele showing what the ancient people thought about the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars. For those who know these Mele, write them down and […]

via The call for information on traditional knowledge, 1860. — nupepa

Chronicling America Will Expand to 1690-1963 Newspapers

Chronicling America will expand its date scope from 1836-1922 to 1690-1963, and newspaper pages with these dates will be included.

Chronicling America will not offer Hawaii newspaper pages before 1836 or after 1963 in the near future, but eventually may do so contingent on funding (donations can be made here).

The University of Hawaii at Manoa Library offers additional Hawaii newspaper titles online at eVols and ScholarSpace, UH Manoa’s institutional repositories. Hawaii newspaper categories include community/alternative, Filipino-language, Portuguese-language, and English-language (mirroring the Chronicling America collection). Titles include Roach, Ka Leo O Hawaii, and Hawaii Mainichi.

Anything published before 1923 is in the public domain. From 1923 to 1963, materials fell into the public domain if their publishers did not renew their copyrights.

Chronicling America is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program, a partnership between National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of Congress, thirty-nine state partners, and one territorial partner.  Over 11 million newspaper pages are freely available to the public.

For more information, read “Expanding Our Current Scope.”

Expanding Our Current Scope

Native Hawaiian Hats

Native Hawaiians wove hats made of peacock quills, fern, pumpkin fiber, palm, coconut fiber, and bamboo straw. Read more about it in “The Making of Native Hats.”

“The Making of Native Hats”
The Pacific commercial advertiser, January 12, 1901, Page 15

U.S. President Zachary Taylor Died

This month in history–July 9, 1850–U.S. President Zachary Taylor died of a stomach-related illness. The Southern Press (Washington, DC) described the former major general: “His splendid military achievements won the admiration of his countrymen,– his simplicity of character a large measure of their confidence.”

Read more about the twelfth U.S. President in “Death of President Taylor.”

“Death of President Taylor”
The Southern press, July 10, 1850, Image 2

Makawao Union Church comes to an end, 1916. — nupepa

Memories Awakened By Passing Of Old Church June 25th was a memorable day at the Makawao Union Church of Paia because it was the last Sunday during which religious services were to be held previous to the dismantling of the building. The exercises were especially marked by a beautiful solo by Mrs. Jones, and an […]

The Maui news, June 30, 1916, Image 1

via Makawao Union Church comes to an end, 1916. — nupepa

Alexandar Joy Cartwright Jr.’s Legacy in Hawaii

Today in history — July 12, 1892 — Known as the inventor of modern baseball, Alexandar Joy Cartwright Jr. passed away in Hawaii, where he lived during the second half of his life.

While people have recently questioned Cartwright’s role as the inventor, he definitely spread modern baseball throughout Hawaii. As his two youngest sons, Bruce and Allie, attended Punahou School (then Oahu College) from 1864 to 1869, the school also popularized modern baseball in Hawaii. In fact, Allie played baseball with his classmate Lorrin A. Thurston–decades before he led the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy.

As a friend to Hawaiian royalty, Cartwright served in political posts. He founded the Honolulu Fire Department and managed it as chief for years. As the Consul of Peru, Cartwright assisted Peruvian merchants in Honolulu. Cartwright also served as executee and trustee of royal wills including Princess Likelike’s (Princess Kaiulani’s mother) and Queen Emma Rooke’s.

Cartwright’s legacy still lives on today. People still play ball on Makiki Field, now known as Cartwright Field. Each year, the Hawaii state high school baseball champions receive the Cartwright Cup. And Cartwright’s descendants still live in Hawaii.

Read about Cartwright’s legacy in “A Great Loss.”

“A Great Loss”
The Daily bulletin, July 13, 1892, Image 4