Nice mele for famed cowboy Ikua Purdy by a woman living in the Mormon colony, Iosepa, Utah, 1908.

HE WEHI NO IUKA PURDY [IKUA PURDY].

Kamaaina au no Kohala-loko,
No na pali ku’i o Honokane;
He kupa mai au no Kohala-waho
Aina kaulana he Nailima.
Keiki mai au no Ihuanu,
O ke koa kaulana o Hinakahua.
O ka noe mai au o Puuhue
Na puu kaulana Haelelua,
He boy mai au no Kohala-Hema
Kamakani kaulana he olauniu,
He olali mai au no Kalaieha,
Kuahiwi kaulana o Mauna Kea
Kia pono e ka ihu a i Waikii,
Auwai kaulana a ka Menehune
Hala ae ka Makani o Noha-nohae,
Pili ana maua me Lihue,
O ke kula laula o Waikoloa,
O ka uhi-wai hoi a-o Ma-na,
O ka home kaulana o ke kupuna
Nana nei pua e ola nei,
He aloha e ka ua o ka aina
O ke ki-puupuu o Waimea,
O ka nalu ha’i mai Puakailima
Kai lana malie i Kamakahonu
E ola e ke Kama nona ka lei
Iku-a e ka moho puni e ke ao
E o e Iku-a i ko inua,
Ke koa kaulana kipuka ili
Haina ia mai ana ka puana,
Kaulana Iku-a puni e ke ao.

Hakuia e MRS. K. N.

Iosepa Skull Valley, Utah, U. S. A.

(Kuokoa, 10/23/1908, p. 8)

HE WEHI NO IUKA PURDY.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLIII, Helu 43, Aoao 8. Okatoba 23, 1908.

 

Utah paper reports on the victorious Hawaiian cowboys at Wyoming, 1908.

HAWAIIANS DEFEAT AMERICAN COWBOYS

For a dozen years back there has been held in Cheyenne, Wyo., what is called Frontier day, which calls together thousands of people from many states, and involves wild west performances of the most interesting and expert character. There is wild horse riding, steer roping, and a cowboy carnival in general. For the first time in the history of these contests the championship for steer roping has been taken away from the United States. Three Hawaiian cowboys were on hand, and one of them carried off the highest honors. He had met the former American champion, Angus McPhee, at Honolulu in July, and there defeated him. Ikua Purdy, the full-blooded Hawaiian cowboy, promised to come to Cheyenne and make good his defeat of McPhee against all comers. He brought only his saddle and heavy rawhide lariat, which equipment provoked smiles among the local cowboys. Purdy was accompanied by a fellow-Hawaiian, Archie Kaaua, and he too, made a record. There may be a few cowboys among our readers, for whose benefit we extract from the Denver Republican the story of the Hawaiian victory as follows:

At first the Americans laughed at the Hawaiians. The laugh was changed to admiration, however, when Archie Kaaua roped in the fast time of 1:09, defeating the best previous performance of 1:11 by Peter Dickerson of Arizona. Then came the champion, Purdy, and when he had tied his steer securely, the judges announced his time as 1:03 2-5. A mighty cheer greeted him. By this time the Americans had not only the greatest respect for the dark-skinned visitors, but they feared them and predicted they would win. The next day Purdy, Kaaua, Hugh Clark of Cheyenne and Peter Dickerson, the only men qualifying for the finals, roped. Kaaua roped in the slow time of 1:48 1-5, and the Americans took hope. Then Dickerson fell down and got no time. Then Hugh Clark roped in 1:20. This left Champion Purdy with the best time of 1:03 2-5, but he had to rope another steer. Excitement was at fever heat, for Clark had attained the best average for the three days up to this time. Finally Purdy’s steer was turned out of the corral, and with a dash Purdy was after him. Purdy made a perfect throw, “busted” his steer, and, slipping from his horse, ran quickly to the fallen animal and in a twinkling had “hog-tied.” A great shout went up when the time was announced at 56 seconds, and Purdy was declared the winner and retainer of the championship title, Clark was second, Kaaua third and Dickerson fourth.

(Salt Lake Tribune, 9/1/1908, p. 10)

HAWAIIANS DEFEAT AMERICAN COWBOYS

The Salt Lake Tribune, Volume LXXVII, Number 140, Page 10. September 1, 1908.

More mele and coverage of the Waimea cowboys, 1908.

ROPING GLORY FOLLOWS THE FLAG

If the wail had come from Boston, or from Bangor, or Podunk,
There’d have been a precious diff’rence in the thoughts we would have thunk,
But for Rochester, in New York State, to go and make a break
About these most important isles—it really takes the cake!

There’s a paper in dear Rochester that tries to stir the nation
With a statement that most clearly shows a lack of observation,
For it says Americans have lost their cowboy reputation
To Purdy from Hawaii (read below for information).

Since Hawaii’s in the U. S. A., I cannot understand
Why she thus should be referred to as a sort of foreign land;
The lariat laurel still adorns a brow American
In fair Hawaii, U. S. A., and Purdy is the man!

Says the Rochester, N. Y., Post Express:

For the first time in the history of the Frontier Day sports at Cheyenne, the championship for steer roping has been taken away from the United States Ikua Purdy, a Hawaiian cowboy, carried off first honors in the steer roping contest, defeating the crack American cowboys. For the benefit of readers who are interested in this strictly American contest, the following description of the winning of the championship is extracted from the Denver “Republican:”

At first the Americans laughed at the Hawaiians. The laugh was changed to admiration, however, when Archie Kaaua roped in the fast time of 1:09, defeating the best previous performance of 1:11 by Peter Dickerson of Arizona. Then came the champion, Purdy, and when he had tied his steer securely, the judges announced his time as 1:03 2-5. A mighty cheer greeted him. By this time the Americans had not only the greates respect for the dark-skinned visitors, but they feared them and predicted they would win. The next day Purdy, Kaaua, Hugh Clark, of Cheyenne, and Peter Dickerson, the only men qualifying for the finals roped. Kaaua roped in the slow time of 1:48 1-5, and the Americans took hope. Then Dickerson fell down and got no time. Then Hugh Clark roped in 1:20. This left Champion Purdy with the best time of 1:03 2-5, but he had to rope another steer. Excitement was at fever heat, for Clark had attained the best average for the three days up to this time. Finally Purdy’s steer was turned out of the corral, and with a dash Purdy was after him. Purdy made a perfect throw, “busted” his steer, and, slipping from his horse, ran quickly to the fallen animal and in a twinkling had “hog-tied.” A great shout went up when the time was announced at 56 seconds, and Purdy declared the winner and holder of the championship title. Clark won second, Kaaua third and Dickerson fourth.

And so the Hawaiians are the best cowboys! This is tremendously important—more so, in fact, than the result of the Marathon race or winning the greater number of points in an Olympic contest. No one country has enjoyed a monopoly of the sport of foot-racing, pole jumping, hurdling, or tug-of-waring, but America did have a monopoly of wild horse riding, steer roping and all the sports and exercises in which the frontiersman and the cowboy took part. It is rather galling, therefore, to have this honor taken from us. But, after all, there is the consoling thought that if the United States is to lose the steer-tying championship, it is won by the natives of an island that is protected by the Stars and Stripes. And what is even of more importance, the Westerners are such good sportsmen that they have not uttered a word of complaint regarding their defeat.

(Hawaiian Star, 9/23/1908, p. 6)

ROPING GLORY FOLLOWS THE FLAG

The Hawaiian Star, Volume XVI, Number 5143, Page 6. September 23, 1908.

President Roosevelt and Ikua Purdy, 1909.

A GIFT TO PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT.

One thing that President Roosevelt [Rusawela] was extremely pleased at from the steer-roping boys of Hawaii nei, was their gift that they sent by way of Representative Kuhio; and within a letter sent was a picture of Ikua Purdy, the champion roper of the world and canoe racer at Waikiki.

According to Representative Kuhio in his letter written to Jack Low, it expressed that the President was filled with joy at hearing that Ikua Purdy was actually the one who came away with the name champion of the world at steer roping.

This was the first he found out about the skill of the Hawaiian boys in roping steer, and it was Representative Kuhio who told him that Hawaiians enjoyed this activity for a long time, way before them hearing about the abilities of the boys of Wyoming.

On this past new year’s day, the paniolo boys of Waimea, Hawaii, held a steer-roping contest, with the idea that the boys who are proficeint at that activity would snatch the fame gained by Ikua Purdy, however, Ikua was the fastest at their contest; his time was like nine minutes [? seconds] less than his time in Wyoming.

There were twenty-five Waimea boys entered in this contest, but most of them fell, and Kamaki Lindsey took second place, with a time of fifty-seven seconds to rope, fell, and tie his steer.

(Kuokoa, 1/15/1909, p. 4)

KA MAKANA IA PERESIDENA RUSAWELA.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLVI, Helu 3, Aoao 4. Ianuari 15, 1909.

Another English mele for Ikua Purdy folks, 1908.

ALOHA, PURDY.

From the sun-dried plains of Texas
From the rolling Northern lands,
From East and West they sent their best,
With chap and spur and flying vest,
And lariats in their hands.

From o’er the world came champions,
All strange alike to fear,
Each full of hope his whirling rope
Would be the quickest one to cope
With swiftly-running steer.

Alas! for all those champions—
From far across the sea,
With face all tanned and steady hand,
To meet the best in all the land,
Came our Hawaiian Three.

Aloha, then, to Purdy,
To Archie and Jack Low!
Those ropes may fly in skillful try,
But they must come to fair Hawaii
To learn the way to throw.

JACK DENSHAM.

(Hawaiian Gazette, 8/25/1908, p. 3)

ALOHA, PURDY.

Hawaiian Gazette, Volume LI, Number 68, Page 3. August 25, 1908.

Mele and more for Ikua Purdy and the lads …in English, 1908.

HAWAII OUTTHROWS WORLD’S COWBOYS

Purdy, the sturdy, we’ve heard he has won.
For the little old isles of Hawaii,
The world’s roping contest, and what he has done
Is a plum in our promotion pie.

Kaaua took second, while sixth man was Low
In the steer-stringing stunt of the earth,
And it’s up to the cow-catching artists to know
What our lariat laddies are worth.

Three cheers, then, for Purdy, and then just a few
For Archie and Jack, three times three!
The boys of Hawaii who gallantly threw
For the fame of these Gems of the Sea!

A Saturday cable dispatch from Cheyenne, Wyoming, announces that Ikua Purdy of Hawaii won the world’s steer roping championship at the Frontier Day contest on that day and at that place. His time was fifty-six seconds. Archie Kaaua took third place and Jack Low was sixth.

These three men of Hawaii were contesting against the world’s best ropers.

Purdy, here, has a record of 38 3-4 seconds, but conditions differ. In December last, in the Wild West Show [contests at Kapiolani Park Makai Keliilike made 56 1-2 seconds. Angus McPhee holds the present record of 37 2-5 seconds, made at Cheyenne a year ago. Since then he was defeated.

(Hawaiian Star, 8/28/1908, p. 6)

HAWAII OUTTHROWS WORLD'S COWBOYS

Hawaiian Star, Volume XVI, Number 5117, Page 6. August 24, 1908.

Ikua Purdy in the movies, 1908.

IKUA PURDY SHOWN IN MOVIES.

Because the Hawaiian boy Ikua Purdy became champion at the steer roping held at Cheyenne, Wyoming, his picture is being shown in America in movie theaters, and from what is being said, the images of that champion of the world being shown are truly fine and beautiful, as if it actually is him chasing and roping the steer.

In one of the scenes showing the parading of the steer-roping cowboys, the Hawaiian boys are the finest as they don lei about their necks; and these movies are becoming highly acclaimed in lands outside Hawaii.

(Kuokoa, 10/16/1908, p. 8)

HOIKEIKE IA O IKUA PURDY ILOKO O KE KII ONIONI.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLIII, Helu 42, Aoao 8. Okatoba 16, 1908.