Princess Kaiulani’s Birthday

Today in history — October 16, 1895 — Princess Victoria Ka’iulani celebrated her twentieth birthday in England, where she was studying abroad, surrounded by her friends and her father Archibald Scott Cleghorn. The Independent proclaimed,

For several years the alii has been absent from her native country, but although out of sight, she has never been out of the minds of her countrymen, and the many foreign residents in Hawaii nei, whose loyalty cannot be extinguished by ill-treatment, starvation, and threats from the interlopers who have turned her country topsy turvy.

Read more about Kaiulani’s birthday in “1875-1895.”

“1875-1895”
The Independent, October 16, 1895, Image 2
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85047097/1895-10-16/ed-1/seq-2/

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Princess Virginia Kapooloku Poomaikelani Passed Away

This week in history — October 2, 1895 — Princess Virginia Kapooloku Poomaikelani passed away at age 56. A younger sister of Queen Kapiolani, Princess Poomaikelani served as one of Queen Emma’s trusted ladies-in-waiting for years and Governor of the island of Hawaii from 1884 to 1886. Read about her funeral in “Laid to Rest.”

“Laid to Rest”
The Hawaiian gazette, October 4, 1895, Page 8
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83025121/1895-10-04/ed-1/seq-8/


Hawaii’s First Portuguese Group

Today in history — September 30, 1878 — The first large group of Portuguese arrived in Hawaii. They came from the Madeira Islands and sailed for 116 days. They imported their culture: malasada, ukulele, and Portuguese sweet bread became a part of Hawaii’s culture.  The Pacific Commercial Advertiser described the immigrants:

They are a cleanly looking, well-behaved set, with the old fashioned polite manners of the Portuguese and Spanish races. The more we have of this sort of immigration the better. They are, as a race … temperate, painstaking, thrifty and law abiding people. They come here to stay, and they do not send their earnings out of the country, as do some other nationalities.

Read more about them in “Arrival of the Portuguese Immigrants.”

“Arrival of the Portuguese Immigrants”
The Pacific commercial advertiser, October 05, 1878, Image 2
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015418/1878-10-05/ed-1/seq-2/


Marriage of Liliuokalani & John Dominis

Second couple from left: Lydia Paki, future Queen Liliuokalani, and John O. Dominis

Today in history — September 16, 1862 — Miss Lydia K. Paki, the future Queen Liliuokalani, married John O. Dominis:

Married — Dominis–Paki — In Honolulu, Tuesday evening, Sept. 16, at the residence of Chas. R. Bishop, Esq., by Rev. S. C. Damon, John O. Dominis, Esq., to Miss Lydia K. Paki.

Liliuokalani’s wedding
Pacific commercial advertiser, September 18, 1862, Image 2
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015418/1862-09-18/ed-1/seq-2/


Hawaii’s First Dog Show

Today in history — September 6, 1906 — 105 dogs competed in Hawaii’s first dog show.  “The town is certainly going to the dogs,” said The Hawaiian Gazette.

“Almost every breed of dog, preserved for use or ornament,” were seen trotting at the dog show at the skating rink on Queen’s Street and ranged from toy dogs, including the only Blenheim spaniel in Hawaii, to guard dogs, including the Great Dane. However, no native poi dogs were seen–virtually all of the dog owners there were Haole (Caucasian) with European and Asian dogs, such as collies, fox-terriers, and the Japanese Spaniel.

The most interesting category–“Best dog or bitch owned by a lady”–reflected the less-negative connotation of the term “bitch” (female dog) back then.

Read more about Hawaii’s first dog show in “Dog Show’s Bright Opening.”

“Dog Show’s Bright Opening”
Hawaiian gazette, September 7, 1906, Page 5
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83025121/1906-09-07/ed-1/seq-5/


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
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82016412/1891-08-28/ed-1/seq-3/


Duke Kahanamoku’s Birthday

Happy birthday Duke Paoa Kahanamoku! Today in history — August 24, 1890 — the future first Native Hawaiian gold medalist was born.

As a grown up, Kahanamoku broke the world record in swimming and popularized surfing in mainland United States and Australia.

Read more about him in “Duke Kahanamoku in U.S. Newspapers.”

Duke Kahanamoku in U.S. Newspapers
https://hdnpblog.wordpress.com/historical-articles/duke-kahanamoku-in-u-s-newspapers/