Another little bit of history, again found among my mother’s papers, captioned: “The English Sisters at the Priory.”
That’s St. Andrew’s Priory in downtown Honolulu.
I don’t know when it was taken. My grandmother was a student and boarded at the Priory from the early 1890′s until after she finished high school in the early 1900s. Even after graduating, she continued living at the Priory until she married.
Her mother, my great grandmother, Kina Kahooilimoku, also attended the Priory a generation before.
Coincidentally, today I turned up a lined page of yellow paper on which my mother wrote out several bits of family history.
Here’s a relevant fragment:
Kina, the daughter of Kahooilimoku and Heleualani, was my pure Hawaiian grandmother. I never knew her, for she died in 1913, th year before I was born. I have two pictures of her in which she appears to be a small woman, somewhat short, with a pleasant face, nice features and rather fair complexion.
The story goes that when Kina was a young girl, she was sent to Honolulu to attend St. Andrew’s Priory and lived close by with the Brickwood fanily. The store continues that she was seduced by one of the Brickwood sons, and returned to Hana where she bore a son who was named James Kahele. Photographs show James as a handsome young man. He married and raised a family in Puunui, near Wylie Street.
These English Sisters? I don’t know. Perhaps someone will be able to tell approximate time period based on their clothing.
And don’t miss either of the dogs.
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[Oops! If you visited here early this morning, you may have been surprised to click on the photo and get a photo of my mother instead of the English Sisters. That happens when I fail to put the correct link into a stock format that I have set up. Sorry for the mistake!]