Mele Kalikimaka!

Cover Image: Masthead of Ka Nupepa Kuokoa published on December 27, 1912.

Aloha Nūhou Monday!

This week we feature a story about giving. The Malihini Christmas Tree was a tradition that was started in 1908 by three visitors who were staying at the Young Hotel. There even was movie footage taken of the event that year by Robert K. Bonine!

Image: “Ke Kumulaau Malihini Karisimaka,” Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, December 27, 1912, p. 4.

Malihini Christmas Tree

One of the fine endeavors of the people of Honolulu, as was seen in the morning of this past Wednesday, was the continuation of the Malihini Christmas Tree, because small sums of money were given for the purpose of giving joy to a group of needy and destitute children of this town, so that it would not be something that they would regret.

This tree was put up by a number of malihini from America, but this good deed done by these malihini would be something Honolulu’s people will always remember, and will be something several hundreds of children will always remember here forward, and it will be something they tell their children about when Christmas comes to town.

Children who go to Sunday School at some churches get joy when they receive Christmas presents from the Christmas trees or from their teachers. But for the benefit of the children who do not go to church, they are blessed when receiving our gifts due to the loving thoughts of the public.

(Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, December 27, 1912, p. 4)

Cover Image: Malihini Christmas Tree, charity Christmas event; Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, December 25, 1912. Photo by L. E. Edgeworth, Bishop Museum Archives. SP 24080.

Image sharing on social media is welcome. For all other uses please contact Archives@BishopMuseum.org

Image: Malihini Christmas Tree, charity Christmas event; Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, December 25, 1912. Photo by L. E. Edgeworth, Bishop Museum Archives. SP 24081.

Image sharing on social media is welcome. For all other uses please contact Archives@BishopMuseum.org

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