Click on images to find the story of King Lunalilo
and the establishment of the Lunalilo Home.
Lunalilo is the son of High Chieftess Miriam Auhea Kekauluohi
who is buried on the grounds of ‘Iolani Palace
Click on image of King Lunalilo’s tomb to view a movie of
Hawaiian Historian David Kawika Parker telling the story of Lunalilo tomb at Kawaiha'o
A mele for Lunalilo Home by historian George Pooloa, 1928.
Posted on December 28, 2016
A MORSEL FROM LUNALILO HOME
Mr. Jonah Kumalae,
Aloha Oe:—Please allow me some open space of your precious, Ke Alakai o Hawaii, for a while.
The one named Chief William Charles Lunalilo was the sixth of the kings, chosen by Hawaii nei on the 8th of January, in the year 1873, and he reigned as king over the nation of Hawaii nei. And after one year and twenty-five days, he died on the 3rd of February, in the year 1874, at Iolani Palace, mauka of King Street. The one named Chief William Charles Lunalilo, was the one who was very generous, willing the trustees of his estate to give from his property in the crown lands for Lunalilo Home as a home for his own Hawaiian people to live in peace for all times at Makiki; Captain Harry Swinton [Hale Pinao] was appointed superintendent of Lunalilo Home, a man who was a well known to the multitudes, and after him there were five haole, and with the last, Lunalilo Home was razed, and the land lay barren.
Then came a little while ago when we all flew away like birds; on the 9th, 10th, 11th of February, in the year 1928, and resided at the new Lunalilo Home at Koko Head; Mr. W. Jarrett Haalilio being the superintendent of this home with its workers who take good care of us.
The contentment in these lines of song is freely given:
He lei no Lunalilo Home,
Kukilakila ana i Koko,
Ua hiki mai nei au,
Haawi ke aloha i na haku hale,
He olelo kauoha na ke Alii Lunalilo,
E malamaia kuu Lahui Hawaii Ponoi,
A hiki aku i na makaainana,
He ui he ninau ia oe,
Mai Kauai Hemolele i ka Malie,
Paa ka inoa i ka Buke Nui,
Maanei ae oe e noho ai,
O ka maluhia kou makemake
I na haku o ka home,
E ola oe a mau loa,
Haina mai ana ka puana
He inoa no Haalilio.
A lei for Lunalilo Home
Standing proudly at Koko
Gave my aloha to the trustees
The Chief Lunalilo willed
Let my Own Hawaiian People be cared for
Including the makaainana
A query, a question to you
From Kauai, perfect in the Calm
Let the name be fixed in the Great Book
It is here that you shall dwell
It is peace that you desire
For the trustees of the home
May you live for all times
Let the story be told
A name song for Haalilio*
The composer was [at Lunalilo Home] in Makiki for four months and ten days, and seven months and eighteen days at this Lunalilo Home here in Koko.
Koko Head, Sept. 1, 1928.
*The Haalilio here refers to William Paul Jarrett.