Lei Mokihana: The Garden Island’s Hawaiian-language Column

Found only in Kauai, the mokihana is a native Hawaiian citrus tree (Pelea animsata) with branches sprouting fragrant green and yellow cherry-like fruits. They’re used to create a fragrant dark green and brown bead-like lei (floral neck garlands), and the mokihana lei represents Kauai.

“Lei Mokihana” refers to a Hawaiian-language newspaper column published in Kauai by The Garden Island newspaper. Edited by J. M. Kaneakua  and A. G. Kaulukou, the column ran on Tuesdays from January through March 1912. The column provided local news and commentary, including the following:

  • The Daughters of Hawaii in Honolulu considered building a monument to King Kamehameha III.
  • A drunk man abused wife and children in Hanamaulu, Kauai.

“Lei Mokihana” usually took up two entire columns on the left or middle of the page.

Seven issues of The Garden Island published “Lei Mokihana” through March 19, 1912, and The Garden Island did not acknowledge the termination of the Hawaiian-language column.

– Alice Kim

English Translations by Nupepa
“A Monument to Kamehameha III Might Be Built” — “Hawaiian-Language column in the Garden Island! 1912.”
“They Should Be Flogged” — “One More Article from Garden Island. 1912.”


“Lei Mokihana” on Chronicling America

January 23, 1912, Page 2

January 30, 1912, Page 2

February 13, 1912, Page 6

February 20, 1912, Page 6

March 5, 1912, Page 5

March 12, 1912, Page 5

March 19, 1912, Page 6