Mele Kalikimaka and Merry Christmas!

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The Pacific commercial advertiser., December 25, 1909, SECOND SECTION, Page 15

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Pacific commercial advertiser, Dec. 25, 1909, Page 1

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The Hawaiian gazette., December 23, 1913, Page 5, Image 5


President Lincoln’s Assassination

Today in history — April 15, 1865 — President Abraham Lincoln died — John Wilkes Booth shot him while he watched a show in Ford’s Theater. A nine-car funeral train carried the President’s body to Springfield, Illinois, where he was buried on May 4.

Many of the co-conspirators were captured, and on April 24, John Wilkes Booth was shot in a farm in Bowling Green, VA, and died three hours later. The co-conspirators also tried to kill Secretary Seward and Vice President Johnson and were tried and convicted.

Read more about it in “Lincoln Assassination.”

Lincoln Assassination
http://www.loc.gov/rr/news/topics/lincoln.html


Kamehameha I Statue

Today in history — February 14, 1883 — King Kalakaua unveiled the King Kamehameha I statue. Wearing a Hawaiian flag and a royal standard, the statue stood in front of Aliiolani Hale across from Iolani Palace.

As the hundreds of spectators watched, the Royal Hawaiian Band played the Kingdom’s pieces, and the military stood in attention.

Read more about the ceremony in “Unveiling of the Statue of Kamehameha I.”

“Unveiling of the Statue of Kamehameha I”
Pacific commercial advertiser, Feb. 17, 1883, Page 2
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015418/1883-02-17/ed-1/seq-2/


King Kamehameha IV’s Funeral

Today in history – February 3, 1864 – King Kamehameha IV was buried with his son Prince Albert at Mauna Loa. On South King Street, a hearse with four white horses pulled Kamehameha IV’s body, surrounded by people holding kahili of various colors. Read more about Kamehameha IV’s funeral in “Funeral of the Late King.”

“Funeral of the Late King”
Pacific commercial advertiser, February 4, 1864, Image 1
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015418/1864-02-04/ed-1/seq-1/


Queen Liliuokalani’s Attendant Died

Today in history — January 26, 1911 — Joseph Aea, Queen Liliuokalani’s attendant, died in his Pauoa home at 10 p.m. With a “picturesque” personality, he has known Liliuokalani’s family for years and traveled with her to Washington D.C. Read more about Aea in “Faithful Service Ended by Death.”

“Faithful Service Ended by Death: Picturesque Personality Passes from Side of Queen He Was Loyal To”
Hawaiian gazette, January 27, 1911, Page 3
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83025121/1911-01-27/ed-1/seq-3/


Honolulu’s 1908 Christmas Eve

Christmas eve in Honolulu in 1908 is similar to today’s: last-minute shopping, church services, and parties. The Hawaiian Star captured these scenes and more in “Christmas Well Kept.”

“Christmas Well Kept”
Hawaiian star, December 26, 1908, Page 6
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015415/1908-12-26/ed-1/seq-6/


1916 Thanksgiving in Honolulu

Thanksgiving 1916 — people in Honolulu attended church services, dinners (including luau) at schools and hospitals, and performances. Read more about it in “Thanksgiving in Honolulu Is Day Widely Observed.”

“Thanksgiving in Honolulu Is Day Widely Observed”
Honolulu star-bulletin, December 1, 1916, Page 8
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014682/1916-12-01/ed-1/seq-8/