Posted: September 6, 2017 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Firsts, Teasers
Today in history — September 6, 1906 — 105 dogs competed in Hawaii’s first dog show. “The town is certainly going to the dogs,” said The Hawaiian Gazette.
“Almost every breed of dog, preserved for use or ornament,” were seen trotting at the dog show at the skating rink on Queen’s Street and ranged from toy dogs, including the only Blenheim spaniel in Hawaii, to guard dogs, including the Great Dane. However, no native poi dogs were seen–virtually all of the dog owners there were Haole (Caucasian) with European and Asian dogs, such as collies, fox-terriers, and the Japanese Spaniel.
The most interesting category–“Best dog or bitch owned by a lady”–reflected the less-negative connotation of the term “bitch” (female dog) back then.
Read more about Hawaii’s first dog show in “Dog Show’s Bright Opening.”
“Dog Show’s Bright Opening”
Hawaiian gazette, September 7, 1906, Page 5
Posted: August 27, 2017 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Deaths, Kingdom of Hawaii, Liliuokalani
Today in history — August 27, 1891 — the husband of Queen Liliuokalani, John Dominis died. Read more about the Royal Governor of Oahu and Prince Consort in “A Second Sorrow.”
“A Second Sorrow: Death of His Royal Highness the Prince Consort”
The Daily bulletin, August 28, 1891, Image 3
Posted: August 24, 2017 Filed under: Birthdays, Day in History, Sports, Topic Guides, U.S. History
Happy birthday Duke Paoa Kahanamoku! Today in history — August 24, 1890 — the future first Native Hawaiian gold medalist was born.
As a grown up, Kahanamoku broke the world record in swimming and popularized surfing in mainland United States and Australia.
Read more about him in “Duke Kahanamoku in U.S. Newspapers.”
Duke Kahanamoku in U.S. Newspapers
Posted: August 16, 2017 Filed under: Articles, News, Teasers
This month in history — August 1913 — Duke Kahanamoku‘s friends drank champagne from his trophy. Aboard a ship, they drank for the health of the five-time Olympic medalist in swimming.
Read more about it in “Loving Cup Used for Wine Bowl.”
“Loving Cup Used for Wine Bowl: Duke Kahanamoku’s Trophy is Utilized by Colonel Parker for Purpose Designed” (first column on the right, second story)
The San Francisco call, August 13, 1913, Image 4
Posted: August 12, 2017 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, government, Interviews, Iolani Palace, Kingdom of Hawaii, Liliuokalani, Profiles, Royalty, Teasers, U.S. Annexation, U.S. History
Today in history — August 12, 1898 — people gathered at Iolani Palace to celebrate the “U.S. annexation” of Hawaii. U.S. troops came ashore from Honolulu Harbor. But Queen Lili’uokalani was nowhere to be seen.
Instead, dressed in black in the Washington Place mansion, she and her family members and loyalists mourned losing their Kingdom, as she explained to newspaper reporter Alice Rix in an interview:
Alice Rix: “I thought perhaps you would go away—into the country.”
Queen Lili’uokalani: “Why? I came here to be near my people—to show them how to meet this. It has come upon us together—you understand? Together. I am not alone. My people lose their country; they lose their identity. Should I run away and shut my eyes and my ears when so many of them had to remain here in their homes? My home is also here, in Honolulu [Washington Place]. It gives us all courage to think of others. I remembered my people this day and they remembered me. We bore our trouble together. I did not leave my house….”
Read more about it in “How the Ex-queen Passed the Twelfth of August.”
“How the Ex-queen Passed the Twelfth of August.”
The San Francisco call, August 28, 1898, Image 17
Posted: August 9, 2017 Filed under: Articles, Teasers
Nowadays, the news reports the shark attacks in Hawaii beaches. But the ancient Hawaiians hunted sharks and treated them as gods.
Hawaiian shark hunters had to execute perfectly as one mistake could mean instant death. The New York Sun detailed their methods of capturing sharks: using hooks and nets, spearing the sharks, tying sleeping sharks with nooses, and luring sharks to shore. Would you believe that human flesh was used for bait?
Read more about how the Hawaiian shark hunters caught their sharks in “Stories of Hawaii Nei.”
“Stories of Hawaii Nei”
The Hawaiian gazette, September 2, 1902, Image 7