More Sam Kahoe performances, 1920.


Below Aala Park, at the fair of the Court Lunalilo and Court Camoes [Foresters] being held for four day from next Wednesday, June 9th until the night of Saturday, June 12, will be seen that Hawaiian boy, Sam Kahoe, doing his amazing feats, that shock the minds of all that see him.

This Hawaiian can eat fire, can walk bare upon shards of glass without cutting his feet. He can perform feats of power that make you dizzy, and in a few words, he is a professor in the mysterious arts, equal to the famous haole who have come to Hawaii nei.

It is something very new to see a Hawaiian boy carrying out these activities, and it is a proud thing to see him drawing the fancy of hundreds of people who appear before him and witness his awesome feats.

[One year later, and it seems Sam Kahoe is off on his own doing the shows. I wonder what happened to Pilipo Kahoe and William Hema.]

(Kuokoa, 6/4/1920, p. 3)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LVIII, Helu 22, Aoao 3. Iune 4, 1920.

Walking on shards of glass! 1919.


The picture above is one of three Hawaiian boys who are doing performances at the Theater on Vineyard and River streets on the night of this Wednesday and Thursday. These boys can walk on glass that is shattered into tiny pieces without cutting their feet; they can put a person to sleep; and do many other amazing feats of power like those that are seen being done by the haole in this town.

These are boys from Honolulu nei, and it was here that they learned acting and feats of power, and the audience will be astounded to see the readiness and the true expertise of these Hawaiians at their profession.

These boys travelled around Hawaii Island with their performances, and they believe they will go around the different theaters of this town and some other islands outside of Oahu nei.

The names of these boys from the left: William Hema, Sam Kahoe and Pilipo Kahoe.

(Kuokoa, 10/3/1919, p. 3)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LVII, Helu 40, Aoao 3. Okatoba 3, 1919.

George Kainapau, singer from Hilo, 1944.

Arrived Here in Hilo

Last week, a youth from the Kanilehua rains arrived, that being George Kainapau to Hilo nei, to spend some days here in the land of his birth, and in the afternoon of the following Monday he left for Honolulu.

This was not a child coming home to visit his parents living there, for they passed away many years ago, and their children are who remain.

When we saw that youth, we recalled our first choir leader, Harry Naope, because this youth, George Kainapau was one of the members of the Haili choir in 1927.

He is a youngster with a very good voice for singing. His voice is like the voice of a woman singing. Continue reading

Naniloa Hotel in Hilo opens, 1940.

Naniloa Hotel

In the evening of this past Saturday, the New Hotel of Hilo nei, the “Naniloa Hotel” [Hokele Naniloa] opened officially. During that time, the musical group of Ray Kinney performed the music for the opening. Something great in that performance of music to dedicate and entertain, was the singing of the mele that was composed for the hotel. Mrs. Eliza K. Osorio was the one who performed the song with her singers. Continue reading

Waikiki Wedding and Bing Crosby, 1936.



HOLLYWOOD, Sept. 1.—Mr. Bing Crosby will be landing in Honolulu next Thursday aboard the steamship Lurline, one of those who are writing the script of a movie called “Waikiki Wedding.” The news was heard from his studio that on this trip he is searching for a very famous woman in ancient Hawaiian hula, that understands the hand motion and the foot movements, as in ancient Hawaiian history; the hula of Hawaii that made it famous and was seen as one of the things that were taught to all women of Hawaii during those days. Also they are on the search for famous young musicians of Hawaii nei that know the proper mele for the hula foot movements of women, who know the string instruments and drums of the Hawaiians, and are not just handsome to look at, but true to the history that is written about: the ti-leaf whistle, the kilu drum, the puhenehene flute, the jew’s harp and bamboo ukeke. Continue reading

On Hoolulu Park, the recycling of pictures, the Kohala-Hilo R.R. Co., and the 4th of July, 1903.

A Picture of the Railroad [Alahao] and Steam Engine [Kaamahu] of the Kohala-Hilo Railway Line.

Horse Race at Hoolulu Park, Hilo—The Turning of the Horses for the Goal—The Horse on the Inside Wins.

The 4th of July in Hilo Hanakahi

The town of Hilo celebrated the Fourth of July for three days, beginning on Thursday (July 2). There truly was great joy in Hilo during those days, and there were many people who came.

In the evening of the said Thursday, the festivities began with a concert put on by the students of Kamehameha School, the government band, and some people of the town, in Haili Church, and it was greatly appreciated.

On the following Friday, that is the day set aside for the lassoing boys. There were twelve events of this meet, and there was good competition. Henry Beckley was the liveliest one at throwing his bull, however, his horse was alarmed at all of the cheering of the people, and began to run. But this was not something that made this youth falter; he removed his handkerchief from his neck and tied his bull with it. The victory for the contest to throw down the steer went to Mani, a Maui boy, and his steer was thrown down and tied in 49 1-2 seconds. For bronc riding, that honor went to Levi Kalako.

The luau went well, held at the residence of the kahu of Haili Church, and the proceeds of this concert came to $500. Appearing at this luau were Queen Liliuokalani, Representative Kalanianaole, Senator Woods, Admiral Beckley, and other distinguished people. When the eating began, the government band played.

The Fourth was greeted with the salute of twenty-one guns, and at nine o’clock, the soldiers marched on the streets, and the government band and the Hilo Band joined in this parade. At the Fish Market Square [Kuea Makeke I’a], speeches were held, and so forth.

At half after ten o’clock, the breaking ground for the Kohala-Hilo Railroad was held, and Philip Peck gave the speech. It was said that the work of this railroad will move forward until what was planned is completed.

At Hoolulu Park was held the festivities of that afternoon. When the races were going on, a ballgame went on with the school boys of Kamehameha, and the victory went to the Hilo club with the score of 12 to 11.

When the races were almost done, Chairman Holmes announced from the area of the race judges that the government band had arrived by the efforts of Admiral Beckley, and the people gave him a cheer.

Later that evening, fireworks were shot off, and the Elks put on a “nigger show [hoikeike nika].”¹ These were the last major events of this Fourth of July.

[This is the same picture of Hoolulu Park found later in the Kuokoa three years later, on 12/7/1906. This kind of recycling of pictures happened back in the day, just as we see it happening today, therefore sometimes it is difficult to date a picture that appears in the newspapers.]

¹This type of entertainment here can be seen spoken of in the Hawaiian newspapers from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s.

(Kuokoa, 7/10/1903, p. 1)

Ka La 4 o Iulai ma Hilo Hanakahi

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLI, Helu 28, Aoao 1. Iulai 10, 1903.