Magnificent Floral Offerings
MAGNIFICENT FLORAL OFFERINGS AT KAWAIAHAO CHURCH FOR THE QUEEN
Honolulu Star-Bulletin – November 15, 1917
Many Splendid Wreaths and Bouquets Make Lovely the Church Interior
Tsz-ang Woohuan, Chinese consul, sent a wreath of white chrysanthemums, tied with long streamers of white ribbon.
One of the first to send flowers to the church was Governor Lucius E. Pinkham, whose cream chrysanthemums and American beauty roses have held the eyes of every one who has entered the church.
Magnificent floral offering, each bearing its tender message of love and sympathy, are being sent daily to the temporary resting place of the dead queen, where, under the skilful hands of Ernest Parker, they become a part of the decorations that make the interior of Kawaiahao church very beautiful. Many of the donors have left a standing order with their florist for flowers to be delivered every day this week.
Ex-Governor and Mrs. Geo. R. Carter made their first offering a very large basket of double curly chrysanthemums.
Mrs. A. G. M. Robertson sent a tall, graceful basket of exquisite long-stemmed American Beauty roses.
Miss Mary E. Low spoke her affection for her queen is [sic] a wonderfully wrought wreath of yellow and purple chrysanthemums.
One of the most beautiful wreaths seen in the church this morning is made of magnolia leaves, yellow chrysanthemums and lilies of the valley. It is the gift of Miss Lydia Ahola.
Ed Towse selected for the Masonic lodge, of which both King Kalakaua and the queen's consort, Governor Dominis, were members, white chrysanthemums and pink gladiolus, which were woven into a lovely wreath of splendid proportions and sent yesterday to the church.
Mrs. Flora J. Center sent lovely purple asters and yellow chrysanthemums, while Mrs. A. Fuller, through the same florist, sent an exquisite basket of white chrysanthemums intermingled with Easter lilies.
Mrs. J. Alfred Magoon remembered the queen's youthful preference for purple and lavender shades and sent purple and lavender asters, while Mrs. George Sherman choose quantities of yellow chrysanthemums and yellow lilies, which she had placed in a basket artistically trimmed with royal purple and yellow, Hawaii's own color for royalty.
Mrs. George Castle sent a tall basket trimmed with maidenhair fern and white tulle and filled with perfect American beauty roses.
Mm. J. O. Dominis sent a large basket of splendid yellow chrysanthemums.
Mrs. L. L. McCandless sent a lovely spray of maidenhair fern into which the deft fingers of the florist had cunningly interwoven costly and exquisite cattleya orchids.
Mrs. A. Jaeger sent a crescent shaped wreath of yellow- chrysanthemums and sweet peas.
Mrs. Adolph C. Constabel chose hundreds of purple violets, which were woven into a wreath.
A beautiful and effective offering was made by T. Kunikiyo, yellow and purple chrysanthemums, each flower perfect in itself, being woven together to form a perfect "Q", and tied with a purple ribbon, on the long streamers of which were the words, in letters of gold, “At Rest."
Artistic and very beautiful was the great bunch of pink roses, looking as if they had been plucked fresh from an old English garden and placed in a basket tied with white and pink tulle, the gift of Ely Snyder.
Mrs. Victoria Ward sent a wreath of yellow chrysanthemums, and Mrs. H. W. Shipman a great basket of yellow chrysanthemums and goldenrod.
Mrs. G. H. Dunn, who lives at Lahaina, sent a wreath of white chrysanthemums, and the same lovely flower was the choice of Mrs. E. C. Webster of the Kamehameha Schools in the wreath which she sent to the church.
Cream chrysanthemums, shaped to form a crescent, which was tied with lavender and ivory white ribbon, was the beautiful offering of Mrs. J. P. Paris.
Mr. Snyder, from whose gardens and greeneries very many of the floral offerings for the queen have been chosen, has instructions from Ernest Parker, in charge of the decorations for the entire week of mourning, to keep back a supply of orders to be sent out each day. T. Kunikiyo and other florists have received similar suggestions from Mr. Parker. This means that each day the wonderful floral decorations in the church will be renewed and the still form under the waving kahilis will have about it always quantities of fresh flowers.
The space around the bier is now literally banked with flowers.
(Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin – November 15, 1917)
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