Horseracing Ads in Hawaii Newspapers

From the late 1800s to the early 1900s in Hawaii, horse racing was a popular sport, especially with Hawaiian royalty, prosperous landowners, and plantation workers. Advertisements for goods and services relating to horses and horse racing can be seen in Hawaii newspapers during that time.

Believe it or not, Kapiolani Park, the oldest and largest park adjacent to Waikiki, had a horse track that was central to the park's design. Here are some ads about their horse races:


A challenge for betting:
Text: "Challenge. The undersigned will match the black mare "baby blue" against any horse in the Hawaiian Islands, for the purse of from $100 to $1,000; one-fourth mile dash; each horse to carry 100 labs. This challenge to remain open to July 31st, 1880. T.B. McClellan."
The Hawaiian gazette., June 30, 1880, Image 3

An ad for a horse-shoer:
Ad text: "I have secured a first-class horse-shoer!
"And am prepared to carry on this Branch of my Business in a manner satisfactory to my Patrons.
"Owners of fine stock will do well to give me a call.
"Horses sent to my King St. Shop will be faithfully attended to.
"G. West
Saturday press., September 11, 1880, Image 1

And an ad for harness and saddles:
Ad text: "Harness and Saddles.
"Just received a large invoices of California and American Saddles. Also a fine lot of Light Harness and Trimmings which will be sold at Rock Bottom Prices. Largest and best assortment of Whips, Brushes and Bits in Honolulu. Drop in and be convinced. Repairing promptly executed at reasonable prices.
The Honolulu republican, December 19, 1900, Page TWO, Image 2

"Trotting Races at Kapiolani Park: Good Sport There Yesterday for the Lovers of the Horse"
The Honolulu republican., August 19, 1900, Page 7, Image 7

- Alice Kim