King Kamehameha I: His Life, His Statues, His Holiday (and A Few Stamps)

Each year on June 11, the U.S. state of Hawaii celebrates the public holiday of King Kamehameha I Dayi. It honors Kamehameha the Great, the monarch who first established the unified Kingdom of Hawaiʻi — comprising the Hawaiian Islands of Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui, and Hawaiʻi. The holiday was first observed in 1872. Today, King Kamehameha I Day is treated with elaborate … Continue reading King Kamehameha I: His Life, His Statues, His Holiday (and A Few Stamps)

The Hawaiian Organic Act of 1900

My first task each morning consists of preparation for the daily A Stamp A Day article. I do have a calendar with many event anniversaries already penned-in for which I have appropriate stamps. For those dates that don’t already have a subject assigned, I first double-check the Wikipedia page for the date in question to make sure there isn’t a suitable topic. If there isn’t … Continue reading The Hawaiian Organic Act of 1900

James Cook Finds the Sandwich Islands

On January 18, 1778, James Cook became the first known European to discover the Hawaiian Islands during his third voyage. On this, his last voyage, Cook again commanded HMS Resolution, while Captain Charles Clerke commanded HMS Discovery. The voyage was ostensibly planned to return the Pacific Islander, Omai to Tahiti, or so the public were led to believe. The trip’s principal goal was to locate a … Continue reading James Cook Finds the Sandwich Islands

Aitutaki #30 (1920)

James Cook’s Third Voyage

On July 12, 1776, James Cook departed from Plymouth, England, and his third (and final voyage), taking the route via Cape Town and Tenerife to New Zealand and the Hawaiian Islands, and along the North American coast to the Bering Strait. Its ostensible purpose was to return Omai, a young man from Raiatea to his homeland, but the Admiralty used this as a cover for their … Continue reading James Cook’s Third Voyage

Hawaii #52 (1891)

Hawaii #52 (1891)

The Hawaiian Islands (Mokupuni o Hawai‘i) are an archipelago of eight major islands, several atolls, numerous smaller islets, and undersea seamounts in the North Pacific Ocean, extending some 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) from the island of Hawaiʻi in the south to northernmost Kure Atoll. Captain James Cook visited the islands on January 18, 1778, and named them the “Sandwich Islands” in honor of John Montagu, … Continue reading Hawaii #52 (1891)