Following After the Footsteps of the Aliʻi

Cover Image: Masthead of Ka Hoku o Hawaii published on March 26, 1908.

Aloha Nūhou Monday! 

Dear Reader, newspapers reported on the latest happenings within the royal circle, whether they were on an excursion to climb Waiʻaleʻale, visiting their people in Kalaupapa, or meeting with world leaders across the globe. The well-being of the aliʻi was important for the well-being of the nation. 

The following article reports on a voyage taken by Queen Liliʻuokalani to Hilo aboard the Inter-Island Steam Navigation Company’s new ship the Mauna Kea.

Image: Steamer Ship Mauna Kea off Waikīkī, with Diamond Head in the background; Waikīkī, Oʻahu. 1908. Photo by Ray Jerome Baker, Bishop Museum Archives. SCA 31146. 

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Image: “Ike Hou i ka Nani o Hilo,” Ka Hoku o Hawaii, August 8, 1918, p. 4.

Seeing the Glory of Hilo Once Again 

The royal one, Queen Liliʻuokalani, was carried by the Mauna Kea, the majestic mountain of Keawe’s Hawaiʻi as well as the “seafaring albatross” of Hilo Bay, and here she is enjoying once again the glory of Hilo. 

That royal one of the people is in good health, and she is now a prominent guest of the mother treasurer of the Aloha Aina [perhaps here referring to Emma Nāwahī]. This coming Monday she will return to the Capital. 

She will be back however for the Jubilee Celebration of Haili Church in June. Today the Kaʻahumanu Society of Hilo came to see the aliʻi, and the Liliʻuokalani Kauikeaouli Society held a luncheon for the aliʻi. Hilo does not fall behind in their devotion to their aliʻi, and that is well, being that— 

Ua ʻike iā Kaukini 

Know Kaukini 

He lawaiʻa manu 

Where there is a fishing for birds 

He ʻupena kuʻu 

With net spread out 

I ka noe o Pōkahi 

In the mist of Pōkahi 

Ke hoʻopuni aʻela 

Surrounding them on all sides 

I ka ʻohu kā kīkepa 

Is the mist 

Ke naʻi aʻela 

There is a climbing 

I ka luna o Kaʻauwana 

To the top of Kaʻauana 

He uahi ke kāpeku e hei ai 

Where the smoke drives 

Ka iʻa kapu o Puʻuoaliʻi 

The edible birds Puʻuoaliʻi into the net 

ʻO ke aliʻi wale nō 

My desire is to do 

Kaʻu makemake 

The will of the chief 

ʻO ka luhi o māua me ia nei 

The chief reared by her and me 

ʻO kā mākou leʻaleʻa nō ia lā 

He is our delight 

Ua ʻike ā. 

This is known.1 

(Ka Hoku o HawaiiMarch 26, 1908, p. 3) 

1 Translation by Mary Kawena Pukui, found in MS SC Roberts 2.4, pp. 208–209b.

Image: Queen Liliʻuokalani, Bishop Museum Archives. SP 39721.

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Image: Haili Church; Haili, Hilo, Hawaiʻi. Photo by H. L. Chase, Bishop Museum Archives. SP 114064.

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