Kamehameha Day: Honoring King Kamehameha I

Today, Hawaii celebrates Kamehameha Day, honoring King Kamehameha I. He combined all of the Hawaiian islands under one rule. Read more about his life and memorial statues in “First and Greatest Chief Ruler in Hawaii.”

“First and Greatest Chief Ruler in Hawaii”
Hawaiian gazette, August 16, 1898, Page 10

Making Poi with Breadfruit

When Native Hawaiians didn’t have taro to make poi, they used breadfruit. Maui Hawaiians did that during a taro shortage due to diseases that infected taro crop. Read more about it in “Use Bread Fruit Poi.”

“Use Bread Fruit Poi: Maui Natives Are Short of Taro”
Hawaiian gazette, January 2, 1903, Page 3

Hawaiian Women: The Most Eligible Bachelorettes?

The New York Sun claimed Rose Davison, Hawaii’s representative at the Pan-American fair, said all Hawaiian girls were beautiful, were heiresses, and were waiting for American youths to propose marriage to them. Davison denied saying that, but received tons of letters from interested men, such as the following:

“You say the [Hawaiian] girls are very wealthy. There are nice men … who would trade color for wealth in this country; but very few of them have money to take them to Hawaii. Could they only meet both their conditions might be bettered.”

Read more about it in “Wanted as Wives.”

“Wanted as Wives: American Hearts Fired by Tale of Beautiful Hawaiian Heiresses”
Albuquerque daily citizen, Aug. 19, 1902, P. 4

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