1864 An Online Archives for Kawaiahaʻo Female Seminary — LAUNCHED

This is an independent blog and fledgling volunteer effort to create an online archives for the history of Kawaiaha’o Female Seminary.  Despite a school history that spans over 55 years (roughly 1864 to 1920), there is no curated archival repository for the Seminary-- materials are scattered at institutions throughout Hawaiʻi and the continental US and … Continue reading 1864 An Online Archives for Kawaiahaʻo Female Seminary — LAUNCHED

Kawaiahaʻo Seminary: The Melting Pot – National Geographic February 1924

The February 1924 edition of The National Geographic Magazine was wholly dedicated to "The Hawaiian Islands" and included a photograph captioned "Thirty-Two Girls, Each of a Different Race and Racial Combination, All Attending Kawaiahao Seminary, Honolulu: A Striking Illustration of the Mixture of Races That is Taking Place in Hawaii.” Notes & Queries: The Hawaiian … Continue reading Kawaiahaʻo Seminary: The Melting Pot – National Geographic February 1924

Alumna: Princess Miriam Likelike

Today, January 13th is the birthday of Princess Miriam Likelike. One of its most prominent alumnae, she attended the Seminary during the tenure of the Bingham sisters. During her lifetime, she frequently attended the Seminary's public examinations, programs, and concerts. She was the patron of the First Division of the Lili‘uokalani Educational Society which supported … Continue reading Alumna: Princess Miriam Likelike

Hawaiʻi’s Female Seminaries

In addition to Kawaiahaʻo Seminary, there were several other mission-supported schools for girls on Oʻahu, Maui, and Hawaiʻi islands; most shorter-lived than Kawaiahaʻo (with the exceptions of Kohala and Maunaolu). Records for all of these girls' school are scattered, sparse, and have no single curated institutional home. Name of School  Dates  Notes:Founders & Other AssociatesHilo … Continue reading Hawaiʻi’s Female Seminaries

Re-blog: More on Liliʻuokalani and her support of education. 1895.

Re-blog from Nupepa-Hawaii. Tags: Liliʻuokalani, Liliʻuokalani Educational Society

“She took up the Liliuokalani Educational Society, with its two divisions, and greatly assisted its funds from her own earnings and property. There were many girls who received an education because of this society, and the girls’ school of Kawaiahao, that grounds of learning of the missionaries, saw benefits, and this cannot be denied in the least.”

With the overthrow, Queen Liliʻuokalani’s relationship with Kawaiahaʻo Seminary appears to have been irretrievably broken. I have found no evidence of her attendance at programs or support for the school after 1893. As this post implies, the school, its teachers, and administrators may have been perceived by some supporters of the Queen, as under the control of the so-called “missionary party” and, as such, sympathetic if not complicit in the events and political environment that brought an end to the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi.



The celebrating and remembering of the birthday of someone is not a bad thing, or something to criticize. And this applies when the person whose birthday that is being remembered has died, it is a good thing, should that person have done a famous deed or left an important legacy for her trustees to carry out, like the Alii, Pauahi-a-Paki.

We are not opposing the remembrance of her trustees and the heads of the Kamehameha Schools, like what was done this past Thursday, on the birthday of this Alii of this land, who showed her true aloha for her lahui by leaving her great estate for the good and welfare of the new generations of her own people, so that the their thoughts and actions are bettered. We do however oppose and criticize the attempt to deify, and it is almost to the point where the missionaries and…

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August 5, 1882 circular Kawaiahaʻo Seminary

Circular for the 1882-1883 school year at the Hawaii Historical Society archives. This circular includes information on the course of study, terms and expenses, names of teachers (5), and the names of students (83). These names have been transcribed from an original document that can be found at the Hawaiian Historical Society. Family NameFirst Name1AikueHattie2AilalukuKamaile3AkeauJulia4AkeauMary5AswanAmoy6BanisterSarah7BredeEllen8BredeEmma9BredeMaria10BridgesElla11BridgesMary12CooperAnna13DavisRebecca14DuncanPolly15GandallRebecca16GandallTamar17GleanerAnnie18HainaDeborah19HainaSarah20HanaikiEmma21HiramSarah22HonuakauKaukeaina23HuluEsther24IkeoleMary25IonaMiriam26JannerLizzie27Job … Continue reading August 5, 1882 circular Kawaiahaʻo Seminary

April 8, 1893 Receipt for Girls at Kawaiahaʻo Seminary Supported by the Liliʻuokalani Educational Society

Hawaiʻi State Archives, Queen Liliʻuokalani Collection M93.01-2-18-113j https://digitalarchives.hawaii.gov/item/ark:70111/1FMh Liliʻuokalani, as both Princess and Queen, was a longtime patron of Kawaiahaʻo Seminary. In 1883 she placed her hānai daughter, Lydia Aholo, at the boarding school and also personally sponsored several of her retainers' daughters there. In 1886, Princess Liliʻuokalani founded the Liliʻuokalani Educational Society, Ahahui Hoʻonaʻauao … Continue reading April 8, 1893 Receipt for Girls at Kawaiahaʻo Seminary Supported by the Liliʻuokalani Educational Society