Ella Spooner was born in Oakham, Massachusetts
and graduated from Mount Holyoke
in 1872. She traveled to Hawaii in 1884 and
worked as a teacher and eventually became President
of Oahu College (Punahou) located in Honolulu.
She published a series of letters in her autobiography,
"The Life of a Farm Girl" documenting her
travels and experiences throughout Hawaii.
She left Hawaii in 1891.
Perspective of the Natives:
In a letter from Mary Spooner to her friends
in America dated,
the Native population. "The complexion of
this Hawaiian race is darker than that of
mulatto. Some are fine looking and appear
to possess intelligence; but the mass are
indolent and without ambition of any kind.
Their imperfect knowledge of English renders
most branches of study beyond their comprehension,
but in mathematics they excel. There are
only four or five pure natives in the College
and those will probably be dropped at the
end of this month, as their mark is so low."
Explanation of the Deteriorating Race: In
the same October letter, taken from her
autobiography, Spooner explains some of
the reasons behind the decline in the Native
native race in this city numbers 10,000,
but it is fast decreasing.
The causes for this are several. They are
peculiarly susceptible to disease, and
as they do not live upon hygienic principles,
death is more apt to ensue than would otherwise
be the case. Leprosy, too is fast consuming
their vitality, and the government is very
lax in forming laws of exclusion. There
are lepers abroad in the streets of this
city, today, and on Kanai, Molokai, a neighboring
Island, they are numerous."
of Government: “Over
six hundred invitations were issued to
of Mr. And Mrs. Damon. Among the noted
persons who were present were the King
(Kalakaua) and the lady to whom the throne
really belonged but whose head did not
ache to wear a crown, so she refused it.
Her name is Mrs. Charles R. Bishop, and
(which is important to me) I had an introduction
to her, and she invited me to visit her
grounds with Miss Ward. I did not meet
nor even see His Majesty. Affairs of government
are in a pitiable state and grow worse
in geometrical progression. The King is
in special bad repute
now because he has just removed several
office for no good reason.” “Judge
Judd is in the Chief Justice. His father
was from the States, and some of his ancestors