Ka Waihona Palapala Kahiko O Nā Kula ʻO Kamehameha ma Kapālama      



1910-1924 Highlights


Kamehameha School students win the Honolulu Floral Parade grand prize, a silver trophy for their horse drawn float depicting traditional Hawaiian tapa production.

1915 August 1

ABBIE NEWTON becomes the second Principal of Kamehameha School for Girls.

        1912 February 12.

Sun Yat Sen, educated at ‘Iolani School, is declared President of the new Republic of China that marks a violent end to four centuries of rule by the  Qing dynasty.

1915 June 7

CHARLES REED BISHOP dies at Berkeley, California. He is 93 years old.  In 1916, his ashes are interred in the Kamehameha Tomb beside his wife. He is called “Builder of the State, Friend of Youth, Benefactor of Hawai’i.”                                      


Electric streetcars replace horse-drawn trams in Honolulu

•The Moana Hotel opens in Waikīkī. 


1912 December 19

Senior Hall later called the Senior Practice Cottage is dedicated at Kamehameha School for Girls at Kaiwiula on King Street.


1917 November 11

Queen Lili’uokalani dies. 

Kamehameha Schools students participate in the funeral cortege to Mauna ‘Ala.


1915 January 1

Boys work off demerits by marching in dress uniform instead of splitting firewood.


1916 December 16

Kamehameha Alumni Association declares: 

Kamehameha was never intended for a military school...all the time is needed for...academic and industrial work.  They also recommend raising academic standards, and increasing the program to 3 years.

        1913 December 23. 

The U.S. Federal Reserve Act creates a central bank to conduct monetary policy, supervise and regulate banks, stablize the financial system, provide financial reserves to depositories, the U.S. government and foreign institutions. FRB Mission, 2009.

1914 June

ERNEST WEBSTER, the third President, reorganizes the Preparatory Department giving students more time in academic work than in the shop.

1914  July 14

Girls School Principal IDA MAE POPE dies while on a teacher recruiting trip.  FRANCES LEMMON  becomes Acting Principal.

1915 June 4

CHARLES BOSTWICK is appointed Boys School Principal.


The J.R.O.T.C. program at Kamehameha School for Boys is the first in the nation by an act of the U.S. Congress.

            1917 April 6

The United States enters World War I.  Hawai’i contributes money, labor and 9800 men.  102 Hawai’i soldier perish in the war including some Kamehameha School for Boys alumni.

1917 May 16

U.S. Circuit Court JUDGE  ASHFORD issues a report on the Schools which praises the education program and staff at the Girls School and Preparatory Department and criticizes the Boys School for emphasis on J.R.O.T.C. and a lack of Hawaiian history instruction.

            1917 October. 

Bolshevik communists under Vladimir Lenin violently seize control over Russia.

1917 October

A Red Cross unit is organized at  the Girls School.

1917 November

The First Girl Scout Troop in Hawai’i, the Hibiscus Troop is sponsored by LILI’UOKALANI and organized by teacher FLORENCE LOWE.  


Trustees consider admitting non-Hawaiians. 

1918 March 8

San Francisco Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirms the right of the Hawai’i Supreme Court to appoint Kamehameha Schools trustees.  This decision voids the appointment of CHARLES E. KING, KSB 1891, made by Circuit Court JUDGE  ASHFORD.

1918 April 19

FRANK WATSON is the new Boys School principal.

1919 February 28

EARLE BARTLETT becomes the new Boys School principal. Kamehameha School for Boys develops a counseling program that involves teachers in the personal lives of a group of between 12- 15 Boys.


MAUDE POST is the new Preparatory principal.

Trustees consider moving the campuses to Wai’alae as the dense Honolulu population encroaches.

  The aim of the school is to provide thorough vocational training in the field of his choice as will make him capable of earning a livelihood for himself and his family.

Kamehameha School for Boys Annual Report


1920  April

The Prince of Wales, who will be King Edward VIII of England, is welcomed to Honolulu by Kamehameha Schools cadets and presented with a ho’okupu of fresh fruit.

1921  May 26

The first inter-class song and stunt night was held by the Boys.

Classes competed for the George Alanson Andrus trophy named for a music teacher who taught from 1912-1920.


        1921 July 9

The Hawaiian Homes Commission Act sponsored by Delegate to Congress, Prince Kuhio, is passed by Congress and signed by U.S. President Warren Harding.

        1922 January 7

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole dies. His is the last state funeral for an ali’i.

        1922 May 11

KGU is Honolulu’s first  commercial radio station.

1921 September 1

To conform with  Normal School standards, a senior high school divison is added in the Boys and Girls Schools and tenth grade is the first high school grade

Eleventh grade is added to the Boys and Girls School curriculum


1922 June 3

Kamehameha School for Girls holds their first Song Contest.


1923 July 1

FRANK E. MIDKIFF (1887-1983) is appointed the fourth President (1923-34) of the Schools.

To the curriculum, he added Hawaiian language instruction, the “Antioch” or “Cincinnati” part-time work/study plan and the live baby program for Senior Girls.  Girls begin nursing and childcare training at Palama Settlement.

The first yearbook appears as Ka Moi. It’s name changes often as follows:

    Ka Moi -- 1924-1930

    Ka Moi and Cadet merge as weekly in 1931.

    Ka Moi resumes as the school annual in 1932.

    Ka Buke o Kamehameha / Ka Moi --1933

    Ka Buke o Kamehameha--1934-1936

    Ka Moi --1937-1942

    1943 — No yearbook.  Due to  War Effort, Annual Ka Moi Will Not Be  Published (school   newspaper headline April 9, 1943)

    Ka Buke o Kamehameha, 1944

   Na‘i Aupuni --1945 to 1952

   Ka Na’i Aupuni --1953 to present


1923 September 1

Twelfth grade is added to the curriculum of the Boys and Girls School.

The Cadet, successor to Blue and White mimeographed weekly is printed in the Print Shop. As the Schools newspaper, its name changes in   to 1930 Ka Mo‘i.

  1. 1924.

Kamehameha School for Girls holds its first Parent’s Day, the predecessor of Ho’olaulea that would later involve all Schools. The Girls demonstrated their class activities and projects to their parents, guardians and relatives.


1924 June 5

The first senior high school classes of Kamehameha School for Boys and Kamehameha School for Girls graduate. Because there are 10 Boys and 3 Girls, a joint commencement is held.

        1918 November 11

World War I ends with no armistice. An agreement to cease hostilities between Axis Germany and the Allies is reached.  Fighting continues in in Eastern Europe and other armistices will be signed.


The best football season ends with a total game score of 225 to 0 for Kamehameha against Honolulu Military Academy, Punahou and Mckinley.


U.S. National Parks are established on Maui and Hawai’i.






Polynesians                     Preparatory and Girls        1925-1939          1960ʻs             1990ʻs            2005-06         2010-11

Kingdom of Hawaiʻi         A U.S. territory                    1940ʻs                1970ʻs              2000-02         2007-08        2012-13

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