Halloween in Palama

In 1912, Halloween in Palama meant attending a party with two-thousand people of all ages.

The carnival in the gymnasium featured a “fish pond” of prizes, shoot the chutes, and pie-eating and apple-eating contests. Kids dressed in costumes: clowns, ghosts, and witches.

Read more about it in “2,000 People in Halloween Party at Palama.”

“2,000 People in Halloween Party at Palama”
Honolulu star-bulletin, November 01, 1912, Page 5 http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014682/1912-11-01/ed-1/seq-5/


La Kuokoa o Hawaii Nei: Celebrating the Kingdom of Hawaii’s Independence

Today in history — November 28, 1860 — The Hawaiian Kingdom celebrated La Kuokoa o Hawaii nei. This national holiday commemorated France and the United Kingdom’s recognizing Hawaii as an independent state and “civilized” nation in 1843.

King Kamehameha IV received congratulations from consuls of the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. Read more about it in “Reception at the Palace.”

“Reception at the Palace”
Polynesian, December 1, 1860, Image 2

Marriage of King Kamehameha IV & Emma Rooke

Queen Emma

This month in history — June 19, 1856: by marrying the king, Emma Rooke became Hawaii’s queen. For this national holiday, flags were hung on government buildings. Hours before, thousands of citizens arrived at the stone church where the ceremony would take place. However, more than half of them were turned away as the church could fit only 3,000 people.

Finally at 11:30 a.m., the crowd saw the twenty-year-old bride walk down the aisle: Emma in a white embroidered silk dress with her father and three bridesmaid (including the future Queen Liliuokalani). Crowned by a flower lei of white roses and orange flowers, the descendant of Hawaiian royalty looked straight at the altar through her bridal veil.

Donning a uniform and a sword, King Alexander LiholihoKing Kamehameha IV–marched with his father–the Royal Governor of Oahu.

King Kamehameha IV

Marking Hawaiian royalty, dozens of attendants followed, bearing twenty kahili–feathered staff.

Read about this royal wedding in “Marriage: Of His Majesty Kamehameha IV.”

“Marriage: Of His Majesty Kamehameha IV”
Pacific commercial advertiser, July 2, 1856, Image 2

Happy Kamehameha Day!

King Kamehameha I statue in downtown Honolulu

Today in history — Kamehameha Day 1916 — thousands of spectators–including Queen Liliuokalani–watched a ceremony honoring King Kamehameha I at his statue:

“Great kahilis reared their plumed heads above the throngs of marches, while huge leis of Hawaii’s most exquisite flowers were flung at the base of the statue.”

Read more about it in “Great Crowd Surrounds Statue to Witness Striking Ceremony.”

“Great Crowd Surrounds Statue to Witness Striking Ceremony”
Honolulu star-bulletin, June 12, 1916, Page 3

Boy’s Day in Hawaii

Happy children’s day! Around this time in 1907, the Japanese in Hawaii celebrated boy’s day. In front of their houses, they hung huge red fish banners that flapped to the wind. Boy’s day celebrated “manhood,” and the fish symbolized that “the stork has left a male child during the year just past.” Read more about it in “Japanese Festival.”

“Japanese Festival: Red Fish Banners Now Flying for Baby Boys”
Pacific commercial advertiser, June 18, 1907, Page 2

Good Friday

Good Friday in Hawaii in 1916 meant businesses and public offices closed, but schools still operated because Good Friday was not an official holiday. However, students could observe the holiday by not showing up to school.

Today, the State of Hawaii recognizes Good Friday as a holiday.

Read more about Good Friday in 1916 in “Good Friday Is Observed But Not as Holiday.”

“Good Friday Is Observed But Not as Holiday”
Honolulu star-bulletin, April 21, 1916, P. 2

A St. Patrick’s Tea Party

Today in history — St. Patrick’s Day 1922 — teachers in Lihue, Kauai, celebrated the green, Irish holiday by having tea on a Saturday afternoon. They ate tea, cake, and candy from wooden plates, each covered with a pasted shamrock, and used green paper napkins. Read more about it in “Lihue Teachers Entertain at Tea.”

“Lihue Teachers Entertain at Tea” (third column, bottom half)
The Garden Island, March 21, 1922, Page 3

Happy St. Patty’s Day!