Posted: March 17, 2017 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Holidays, Teasers
Today in history — St. Patrick’s Day 1914 — You didn’t need to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day; you just needed to enjoy toasting to Saint Patrick.
On this day, Honolulu’s elites held and attended parties, which included green decorations, alcohol for toasting, food, and music. In these parties, people could be seen giving toast to Saint Patrick, and people singing Irish-themed songs (e.g. “My Dear Old Irish Mother”) and an orchestra playing could be heard. In fact, even the governor of Hawaii, Lucius Pinkham, attended a party and gave a brief toast. Read more about it in “Good Irish and True Meet at St. Patrick’s Eve Banquet.”
“Good Irish and True Meet at St. Patrick’s Eve Banquet”
Honolulu star-bulletin, March 17, 1914, Page 7
Posted: November 28, 2016 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Holidays, Holidays, Kingdom of Hawaii, Royalty, Teasers | Tags: Kamehameha IV
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
Posted: June 28, 2016 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Events, Holidays, Holidays, Kingdom of Hawaii, Marriages, News, Public Figures, Royalty, Teasers
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 Liholiho—King 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
Posted: June 11, 2016 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Events, government, Holidays, Holidays, News, Public Figures, Royalty, Teasers
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
Posted: May 5, 2016 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Holidays, Holidays, News, Teasers
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
Posted: March 17, 2016 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Holidays, Holidays, Teasers
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!
Posted: February 14, 2016 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Holidays, Teasers
Today in history — Valentine’s day 1902 — The Hawaiian Star reported people in Honolulu no longer celebrated Valentine’s day:
“The … established customs of St. Valentine’s day with its exchange of tributes … have apparently passed into decadence … and the mail carriers of Honolulu will not dread St. Valentine’s Day with a haunting preminiscence of a heavy load of loving missives. Even the storekeepers have practically given it up.”
Read more about it in “Dan Cupid Flouted.”
“Dan Cupid Flouted: Valentines No Longer Sent in Honolulu”
The Hawaiian star, February 13, 1902, Image 1