|Above is a photo of the Officers of cable ship Restorer who played
the HCC in 1905. To the right is an article covering the Honolulu CC
versus the Theo Davies & Co. XI in 1898 from the Hawaiian Gazette.
|Letters to the Department of the Interior. The 1893 letter (above)
concerns a request for a cricket ground. The 1899 letter (at left)
concerns the preparation of a proper "cricket pitch" in Makiki.
|The earliest known newspaper article (above) covering the
Honolulu cricket team is from the Polynesian on 3 July 1847.
|The photo above is of the "Working Members" of the Honolulu Cricket Club in 1907
The Cricket Team. Officers of the Cable Ship Restorer. (Seated from
left): C. Rowell, Chief Engineer, 1st Officer Larnder and his son
Harold, Captain B.C. Combe, unidentified, unidentified. (Standing
from left): ʺChipsʺ, Praupell, unidentified, unidentified, Chief Steward
Haverford College CC
St. George's CC
Univ of Pennsylvania CC
New York CC
San Francisco CC
Young American CC
British Officers CC
Staten Island CC
Princeton Univ. CC
Columbia Univ. CC
Harvard Univ. CC
Seabright Lawn Tennis & CC
Moorestown Field CC
Honolulu Cricket Club among the oldest in the United States
|Honolulu CC is the second oldest cricket club West of Appalachian mountains.
Cricket in Hawaii has a long and illustrious history dating back to the middle of the nineteenth century when Hawaii was an
independent kingdom. Cricket was brought to Hawaii by early Christian missionaries and captains of commerce. Matches were
reported in local publications dating back to the 1840's.
The first royal cricket enthusiast in Hawaii was Alexander Liholiho (1834-1863), better known to the world as King
Kamehameha IV. The King's favorite sport to play was cricket and he would often practice his skills on the grounds of I'olani
Palace. The monarchs were weary of the United States and its commercial and political influence. They saw an alignment
between the Hawaiian Kingdom and the United Kingdom as a much more attractive arrangement for the mid-19th century. Today,
we honor King Kamehameha IV when the Honolulu Cricket Club plays the Maui Cricket Club for the Alexander Liholiho "Ipu
Pilialoha O Hawaii" or Hawaiian Friendship Cup.
Left: Fort of Honolulu in 1852
Above: I'olani Palace
Above Right: Hawaiian Royal Coat of Arms
The Honolulu Cricket Club was officially established in 1893 when Hawaii was still independent of the United States. Historical documents show that the club is the
oldest sporting club in the islands. In fact, the Guinness Book of World Records also attributes the Honolulu Cricket Club as the oldest sporting club in the
Pacific. Records also indicate that cricket was played on Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii and was probably introduced by Scottish engineers who worked for the
sugar companies. There are however, no records of inter-island matches as the time period which would have necessitated travel by ship. Many of the members of
the Honolulu Cricket Club were recognized names in the city's growing commercial sector.
Prominent HCC players between 1840 and 1860 were Mr. McFarlane and Mr. Sea. Prominent players between 1870 and 1900 were W.L. Stanley, R.L. Auerbach, W.C.
Weedon, George F. Davies, J.C. Cooke, Viggo Jacobson, A. Wansey, D. Shanks, T. Lishman, H. Vincent, J. Lightfoot, H. Herbert, Dr. Murray, R.A. Jordan, J.W.
Harvey, J. Catton, R.W. Hamilton, A.R. Hatfield, D.W. James, E.H. Wodehouse, Theo C. Davies, M. Mackintosh, P. Lishman, R. Mackintosh, Rev. V.H. Kitcat, J.C.
Penny, D. Ross, Rev. J.F. Lane, H.M. Ayres, H.B. Sinclair, H. Anderson, J.H. Walker, R. Lennox, W,G. Singlehurst, J. Hogue, S. Woods, L. Tibey, A. Robertson, R.
Anderson and J.T. Irvine.
Prominent players of cricket in the decade after 1900 included S. Beardmore, R.R. Carton, F. Gill, S. Jordan, J.C. McGill, J.A.M. Maclean, C.P. Morse, D.C. Lindsay
(Maui), F. Holmes, S. Catt, L. Withington, F. Withington, D.L. Withington, W. Brown, J.L. Cockburn, Mr. Parish, A.W. Bottomley, Mr. Blackman.
|The above shows members of the Honolulu Cricket Club circa 1900 at the sports
grounds of Punahou School. Seated in the center of the front row with his hands
on his knee is fellow cricketer and Hawaiian monarch, Prince Kuhio.
|Alexander Liholiho (King Kamehameha IV)
Original royal patron of cricket in Hawaii