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AUSTIN'S HAWAIIAN WEEKLY.
Education In Hawaii.
The people of Honolulu take a natural pride
in their educational institutions. Through igno
rance, doubtless, many of the newspapers of the
United States have most grossly insulted Hawaii
ans by calling them ignorant; a very brief refer
ence to the history of education will show that at
the very earliest dawn of civilization here; even
when gross ignorance was the rule in Western
America, the chiefs of Hawaii were being assist
ed in obtaining a most thorough education at the
Royal School; which was established in 1840.
eight years previous to the date at which the
Charity School was established. In 1841
the Punahou School was started, at first with the
idea of educating the sons and daughters of the
missionary families, but it was afterwards opened
to all desirous of obtaining education. In 1829
Governor Boki presented the Rev. Hiram Bing
ham with the Punahou property, comprising
some three hundred acres which he used as a
residence until 1840, after which he presented the
property to the mission for school purposes. The
charter for Punahou School was afterward chang
ed to Oahu College which name it has retained.
Pauahi Hall as shown in the accompanying illus
trations is one of the most recently constructed
buildings of Oahu College and was the gift of
Hon. Charles R. Bishop who is one of Hawaii's
well known philanthropists. The alumni of
Oahu College comprise the very best people of
Honolulu, a very large number of whom have
made their mark in the professions and in the
realms of finance.
It is not the province of this article to discuss
the most excellent public school system that has
been inaugurated in Hawaii. That subject will
be taken up later. There are numerous other ex
cellent private schools (that will receive the most
careful attention of the writer in other issues nota
ble among which are St. Andrew's Priory (Angli
can), Sisters of the Sacred Heart, Iolani College
(Anglican), Kawaiahao Seminary, and old estab
lished schools on the other islands.
St. Louis College (Catholic) was started 16
years ago and is one of the most important
schools in Hawaii, having an attendance of 500
pupils, 300 in the lower branch and 200 in the
PAl'AHI HALL. OAIIT COIXWiK.
higher branch. This college is in the most thriv
The most notable instance of educational phil
anthropy from purely Hawaiian initiative in the
interest of the Hawaiians was the endowment of
the Kamehameha School for girls, by Mrs. Pau
ahi Bishop. Pauahi was the highest chiefess of
her time and could have become heir apparent
to the throne had she chosen to be. In her will
she left her whole entire fortune $400,000 as an
endowment to the Kamehameha girls', and also a
boys', school. Since the establishment of these
schools in 1894, Hon. C. R. Bishop has, from his
private resources, made large endowments to
The latest man with a grievance in England
is the "overworked actor" (says the New York
Sun's London correspondent). More from the
necessity of being constantly in the public eye, it
appears, than from inherent snobbish weakness,
he is now being constantly operated at high pres
sure as a fashionable charity machine. The old
footlight tag that "we must please to live who
only live to please," has its grim meaning now
for the blue-lipped Thespian. The following is
given as a page from the diary of a popular actor,
with the names modified from motives of prud
ence or fear:
1 1 o'clock Meeting of the committee of the
Actors' Charity Fund.
12 o'clock Rehearsal for the new piece, "The
Manoeuvres of the Gay Lord Algy."
2:30 o'clock Lady Smith's matinee in Aid of
the Funds of the Dogs' Home.
4 o'clock Entertainment at the Bazaar for the
Benefit of Something or Other.
6 to 7 o'clock Study of new part in new piece.
8 to 1 1 o'clock The nightly performance.
12:30 o'clock Garrick Club, to discuss terms
with manager for next season.