Prince Albert Kamehameha’s Death

Today in history — August 27, 1862 — Prince Albert Kamehameha died. The Pacific Commercial Advertiser said,

“He early developed an unusual forwardness, … [his parents] almost idolized him… As he grew older, the winning traits which he began to [develop], naturally drew out to him a strong attachment and love from all who knew him …”

Read more about it in “Death of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Hawaii.”

“Death of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Hawaii”
The Pacific commercial advertiser., August 28, 1862, Image 2

Prince Consort John Owen Dominis Died

This week in history — August 23, 1891 — John Owen Dominis died. Eight months before, his wife Queen Liliuokalani became the last ruling monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi.

A friend and family member to Hawaiian royalty, the Prince Consort played many powerful roles:

Royal Governor of Oahu
Royal Governor of Maui
Lieutenant General and Commander in Chief
Quartermaster General and Commissioner of Crown Lands
Legislator in the House of Nobles
Royal Commander of royal orders (e.g. Royal Order of Kamehameha and the Royal Order of Kalākaua)
Member of the King’s Privy Council, Board of Health, Board of Education, and Bureau of Immigration

Dominis left behind his ten-year-old son, and Liliuokalani adopted John ʻAimoku Dominis as her stepson.

Through Dominis’ death, Liliuokalani inherited Washington Place, his family home, which would house Hawaii’s future governors.

Read more about John Owen Dominis in “Death of H. R. H. the Prince Consort.”

“Death of H. R. H. the Prince Consort”
The Hawaiian gazette, September 1, 1891, Image 1

Queen Liliuokalani’s Ho‘okupu

This month in history — August 27, 1898 — after Liliuokalani returned from a trip, Native Hawaiians went to her home, Washington Place, and gave her gifts. Even when Liliuokalani no longer ruled Hawaii, the Native Hawaiians practiced the tradition of Ho‘okupu–giving gifts to the ruler returning from a trip.

In Washington Place’s living room were live roosters, poi, taro roots, fruits, flowers, lei, ferns, dried or raw fish wrapped in ti leaves, calabashes, and even silver.

Read more about Ho‘okupu in “Liliuokalani’s Hookupu.”

“Liliuokalani’s Hookupu”
The sun, August 28, 1898, Page 2

“Odd Things” from Korea

Shoppers in Hawaii in 1903 could then buy “odd things” from Korea: brass utensils and bowls, bamboo curtains, and woven wooden baskets.

The Pacific Commercial Advertiser said the items were the “most strange to look at … although there is something finer in matting than anything that has ever been shown in the city …”

The floor mats were “woven of the finest straw, thick and very soft. Unfortunately, it is no longer good form to sit upon mats in the more highly civilized countries of the world.”

Read more about it in “Odd Things from Korea.”

“Odd Things from Korea”
The Pacific commercial advertiser, February 1, 1903, Page 8

Palama Settlement

“An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure,” was the motto of the Palama Settlement. Since 1896, it offered social services to the working class of Kalihi

Thousands of people of various ethnicities lived in Palama. Drinking, swearing, gambling, fighting, and domestic abuse were part of life here, and sick residents with scarlet fever and tuberculosis suffered without medical treatment.

Enriching lives, the Palama Settlement provided medical care, a kindergarten, a recreation center, a library, and a reading-room and continues to serve Palama today. Read more about it in “Settlement Workers in the Honolulu Slums.”

“Settlement Workers in the Honolulu Slums”
Pacific commercial advertiser, September 25, 1910, Page 3

Kamehameha I’s Feather Cloak Destroyed by 1900 Chinatown Fire

A descendant of Kamehameha I lost his feather cloak in the Chinatown Fire of 1900. Solomon Lehuanui Kalaniomaiheuila Peleioholani went to court to claim compensation. The fire also destroyed other family heirlooms: feather wreaths, calabashes, and gold necklaces and earrings.

Read more about it in “Garments of Kings.”

“Garment of Kings: Priceless Oo Cloak Destroyed by Fire”
Pacific commercial advertiser, Oct. 16, 1901, P. 11

Mango jam? Sounds ono, 1936.

BUSINESSMAN HAS OWN RECIPE FOR RIPE MANGO JAM With mango trees loaded with fruits its almost a crime to let all the luscious fruit go to waste. That’s the opinion of Robert F. Lange, Honolulu…

Source: Mango jam? Sounds ono, 1936.

Manoa School’s Dilapidated Conditions

Residents complained about Manoa School’s conditions one hundred and three years ago.

Fifty-one students were “jammed into a small room in a badly-dilapidated building.” A single small tap provided drinking water for the entire school, and everyone used the same tin drinking cup. Every three children shared a single desk.

Read more about it in “Manoa Residents Stirred to Action by School Conditions.”

Manoa Residents Stirred to Action by School Conditions
Honolulu star-bulletin, Jan. 16, 1913, Image 1