More music, 1906.


The Ka Hale Oiwi will furnish the public at the Kaimuki Heights Zoo Saturday evening, June 30, from 7:30 to 10 p. m., the following selections:

March—”Ka Hale Oiwi”, H. Q. O. Club.

Two-step—”Ke Hone A’e Nei.”

Waltz—”Puu o Hulu.”

Two-step—”Pua Sardinia.”

Waltz—”Lihiwai o Iao.”

Two-step—”He I’a Nui Ka’u.”

Waltz—”O Oe No Kai Ike.”

Schottische—”Pass Long.”

Two-step—”Ever Sweet.”

Waltz—”He Iniki Welawela.”

Two-step—”Pua Melekule.”

Waltz—”Hiu No Wau Na’u Oe.”

Other selections.

[That must have been a fun time, a hundred and nine years ago!]

(Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 6/30/1906, p. 6)


The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume XLIII, Number 7455, Page 6. June 30, 1906.

The first Kamehameha Day, 1872.

On this past Tuesday, in accordance with the royal proclamation, the 11th of June was celebrated as a day of remembrance of Kamehameha I, the Royal Ancestor who conquered our aina. This is a new day included in the circle of holidays, and the minds of the populace are happy about this type of day set aside to remember our cherished one of days gone by. The day dawned beautifully; there were no droplets to interfere with those who skillfully took care of the day. From early morning the doors of the shops of the town, both large and small, were shut. And when the sun came all the way out, there were not many people seen on the streets of town, and the great work places were deserted. All things meant to entertain themselves were prepared—some people made parties while others rode horses; however, it seemed as if most of the people were all at the races organized at Kulaokahua, the usual place for all types of entertainment.

The atmosphere of the race tracks that day seemed better than all previous days. Lanai and tents were set up impeccably, and those that undertook that task received much appreciation. The lanai, fields, and hills were filled with thousands who amused themselves with the events of the day. If an observer stood and watched from afar, it was as if he were seeing a picture of a race day somewhere like in Europe. The events of the day started at 10 or so, and after watching all the day’s activities, it was truly wonderful. There were no great commotions to disturb the peace among the crowd–this is something unfamiliar on special days like these.

At 10 o’clock sharp, Queen Emma arrived with her guests, and King Kapuaiwa with his entourage. At the appearance of the King, the activities of the day commenced, and all of the crowd joined in the gaieties that were set up. Below, you will find the races and those that won.

[Various horse races, winners, and prizes are listed.]

The final race, the wheelbarrow race was the most humorous. This entertainment marked the close of the festivities of the day. And everyone left with hearts filled with much glee. We are greatly pleased with one thing, and that is the decrease in the number of outbreaks of various sorts. There were no big riots thought to be related to the events of the day.

(Au Okoa, 6/13/1872, p. 2)

Ma ka Poalua iho nei...

Ke Au Okoa, Buke VIII, Helu 9, Aoao 2. Iune 13, 1872.

Papa holua found in Hookena by Napoleon Kalolii Pukui, 1905.


On the 6th of last month, N. K. Pukui, traveling agent of the Hawaiian Realty and Maturity Co., while on a tour of the Island of Hawaii, found the above illustrated sled in a cave at Hookena, Hawaii.

It is said that the oldest kamaainas of Hookena have heard from their parents and grandparents that sometime in the reign of King Keawenuiaumi, about two hundred and fifty years ago, a high chiefess named Kaneamuna [Kaneamama] was the living at Hookena. Her principal amusement was hee holua (coasting on a sled) and hee nalu (surfing).

She had her people make a sliding ground for her on a hill just back of the little village of Hookena, and ordered a sled, or land toboggan, called a papa holua, as well as a surfing board, or a papa hee nalu. When the slide was finished she passed many pleasant hours sliding down the steep hill. This slide was composed of smooth stones covered with rushes. After her death her sled and surf board disappeared, and the secred of their hiding place was never revealed.

It is believed the sled and board found in the cave belonged to the High Chiefess. They are made of the wood of the bread-fruit tree and at the present time are in very good condition. The cocoanut fiber ropes are still attached to the sled.

(Advertiser Photo.)


[See also the Hawaiian-Language article found in Ka Na’i Aupuni, 12/6/1905, p. 2.]

(Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 12/6/1905, p. 5)


The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume XLII, Number 7279, Page 5. December 6, 1905.

Henry Berger’s 50th birthday, and commentary on eating stones, 1894.

Celebrating Fifty Years

This past Saturday, at 7:30, a joint concert was held with the Hawaiian Republic band and the band of the Philadelphia, on the grounds of the Hawaiian Hotel to commemorate the birthday of the bandmaster of the Government, who is 50 years old. That night was the 4664th time he gave concerts in various locations, and this is his 500th at that place. The Government band went first, and when they were through, then there were singers of haole songs chosen from a non-Hawaiian singing group from the uplands of Leiolono, and then came the boys of the sea [from the Philadelphia]. When that was over, the two groups joined together for the ending, and that was the conclusion of the activities of the night. The band stage was illuminated by electric lights and all sorts of Japanese lanterns under tree branches. Continue reading

Royal Hawaiian Band and “Kaulana na Pua,” 1893.


There were many people who arrived at the Night of Entertainment by the Royal Hawaiian Band [Bana Lahui Hawaii], at the Hawaiian Hotel on the evening of this past Tuesday. There were perhaps 5,000 people of all ethnicities who showed up to listen to those beautiful singers of Hawaii. Because of your fine work, O Patriots, therefore the lahui showed its appreciation to you all, with them always filling the audiences of all the performances you give. The singing voices were sweet, and the most acclaimed was your “Mele Ai Pohaku.” The audience went home with happy hearts because of the mele that were played, along with the singing. When will the next performance be? Send in a notice in advance, and we will inform the multitudes and the friends of the occasion.

¹”Ka Po Lea o Halalii.”

(Leo o ka Lahui, 10/12/1893, p. 2)


Ka Leo o ka Lahui, Buke II, Helu 789, Aoao 3. Okatoba 12, 1893.

The performance of famous story of Hiiakaikapoliopele, 1880.





SATURDAY, JULY 31, 1880.

Shown will be the Famous Story of


and Lohiau on this night, like this below:


Hula Muumuu, Mokoi, Kilu, Pahu, Ka-laau, Pili, Alaapapa, Keawenuiaumi, Himeni, Uliuli and Hula Kii.

The doors will open at 7 o’clock, and begins at 8 o’clock sharp.


Front seats .. .. $1.50

Back seats .. .. $1.00

(Kuokoa, 7/31/1880, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XIX, Helu 31, Aoao 2. Iulai 31, 1880.

Hula performance, 1911.

Grand Hula

By Annie Hila and Mary Mookini

Tonight and Saturday Night

At Independent Theater, Hotel Street

Best Hula Dancers on the Islands will participate. Fancy Steps from South Se Islanders given. Hawaiian Music

Thomas Passengers! Take This In

Prices: 15c, 25c and 50c


(Evening Bulletin, 11/14/1911, p. 6)

Grand Hula

Evening Bulletin, Established 1882, Number 5083, Page 6. November 14, 1911.