Sunday, February 20, 2011

Errors in books, part two.

This is from the book "Recollections" by John Dominis Holt.
He states that the heavily flowered pa'u in the middle, which is the girl to the left of the crease in the book is Princess Kaiulani.  Here is a close-up and side by side comparison with Princess Kailulani:

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Errors in books, part one.

Having been an active researcher since 1996, it's frustrating coming across errors in books. Since I collect Hawaiian history books, I've found a few, here's one:

My great-great grandfather was the 1st Mayor Honolulu. His name was Joseph James Fern. Here's a picture of him...

And here's a picture of Prince Kawananakoa...

Yet in the book "Hawaii:The Territorial Years, 1900-1959" we have this...

Yes, they do look similar, but what's really bad is that the editors/researchers of this book, went to the Hawaii State Archives looking for a picture of Prince Kawananakoa and they got Mayor Fern?!  That means it's misidentified at the archives.  I don't know how they indexed it back in 1989, but today the pictures are in folders like "people K", so it's not like they were looking through the folder "people F" folder for Kawananakoa.  Of course the only way to know for sure is to go to the archives and ask to look at pics of Kawananakoa.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Family Recipes

Like many other people, my family recipes are from my mother, but she's Irish, Scottish, Swiss, no Hawaiian recipes on her side. On my dad's side theres none that I can think of that are of any originality. My mom recently told me that those cherished family recipes on her side are from the boxes of products, like nestle chocolate chips, pumpkin pie and others. So there's not one original family recipe passed down from generation to generation from both my parents! My paternal grandfather did make excellent Hawaiian food though. Laulau, lomi-lomi salmon, omg, I'm salivating at the thought. My mom says she's spoiled because that was the first Hawaiian food she had and today she can't find any to match that today. Amazing what he could do with such a simple recipe for Laulau.

My brother James, Mom & Dad at my gradparents house.

This recipe from a 1957 cookbook pretty much is how its made, except today hardly anyone uses salmon and the they use luau leaves instead of spinach.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Forgetting & Remembering...

One of my favorite Hawaiian books is entitled, "Waikiki:A History of Forgetting & Remembering" by Andrea Freeser. I picked it up since it had a picture of my great-great grandfather standing on Waikiki beach in historical costume. In the early part of last century, they had a floral carnival and parade, which I think was started around 1906 and ended around 1915. Today we have things like the Kamehameha Day parade and the Aloha Week festivals, but back then it was just the floral parade. Ever so often, when I watch or read something, that phrase, "Forgetting & Remembering" enters my brain. I was reminded of it while watching the premeire of "Who Do You Think You Are?". Vanessa Williams ancestor was a lawmaker elected in Tennessee in the 1860's. One of the first African Americans elected back then. These African American men were elected, they tried to do good deeds to elevate their people to equality with everyone else, but society would not have it and eventually their time there was forgotten.

Pepehi Kanaka (Murder)

The following English and Hawaiian language newspaper articles deal with the murder/suicide committed by my 3rd great grandfather, Samuel Sm...