Category Archives: Sandwich Islands

A Visual Oddity

 Oahu Cemetery in Nuuanu, on the Island of Oahu, is one of the oldest currecnt cemeteries in the Hawaiian Islands. Many of the first Missionary families have their plots here as well as a survivor of the Titanic. One of my favorite gravesites in the cemetery is this odd leaning tree. The quiet beauty of […]

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Something Old to bring in the New

On King Street in Honolulu, a small cemetery lies sandwhiched between a business building and a highrise. It is the original Catholic Cemetery. The records of those buried here were lost in a fire so the location of a Civil War Veteran’s grave is lost to the ages… I stopped by the other day while […]

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Scaring Away the Evil Spirits

In the Sandwich Islands the plantations recruited workers from many different countries. The Chinese, the Portugese, the Japanese and others found their way to the Kingdom of Hawaii to work in their fields. While the cultures grouped together and lived in ethnic centric communities, they did adopt parts of the other cultures as their own. […]

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Resting in Peace (1/?)

I like cemeteries. I love to walk around in them. I love to read the headstones. I love the art that you can find as part of the memorials for loved ones. This particular headstone is in the Missionary Cemetery behind Kawaiahao Church in Downtown Honolulu. The requirement for entry into this particular resting place (in […]

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Royal Hawaiian Band Anniversary

The Royal Hawaiian Band: Created in 1836, by order of King Kamehameha III, the Royal Hawaiian Band is the only full-time municipal band in the United States. They are also the only band with a Royal heritage. One of the former band leaders, a Heinrich “Heri” Berger composed the song “Hawaii Ponoi” with King David […]

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A Light in the Night – Hawaii History

On this day in 1886, on King Kalakaua’s birthday, electric lights made Iolani Palace the first royal residence in the world to be lit by electricity   Hawaiian Electric Site Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post

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Hawaii Railway Museum

From my latest trip to the Railway Museum… just wanted to get a ‘feel’ for the trains and tracks Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post

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On the HIgh Seas…

 The Falls of Clyde, the last remaining iron-hulled, four-masted rigged ship is barely afloat… Built in 1878 by Russell and Co. in Port Glasgow, Scotland, and named after a waterfall in the tradition of the company. Its maiden voyage took it to Karachi (Pakistan) and the rest of her first six years of voyaging were […]

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A Hawaiian Princess & a Scottish Poet

Crown Princess Victoria Kaiulani Kalaninuiahilapalapa Kawekiu i Lunalilo Cleghorn of Hawaii Daughter of Princess Likelike and Archibald Cleghorn. Her uncle was King David Kalakaua and her aunt would eventually become Queen Liliuokalani, reigning monarch of The Kingdom of Hawaii. What would a young princess of this island kingdom have in common with a poet from […]

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History: Victorian Era Hawaiian Jewelry

Princess Liliuokalani, the future queen of Hawaii, attended Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in England. While there, both the Princess and the Queen of Hawaii were presented with gold bracelets carved with their names in old English lettering and filled with black enamel. When they returned to Hawaii they had bracelets made for other royals in the same […]

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