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Newspapers and periodicals, 1834–1906.

Hawaiiana

Periodicals published in these islands during the past seventy-two years:

1834—Ka Lama Hawaii, Hawaiian, at Lahainaluna.

1834—Ka Kumu Hawaii [Ke Kumu Hawaii], Hawaiian, at Lahainaluna. Continue reading

Newspaper history, continued, 1913.

Journalism at the Crossroads

(Continued From Page One.)

community being much interested in the doings and sayings of such public men as Roosevelt, Wilson, Taft, Bryan and other prominent figures.

Familiar Faces.

The pictures of these men, and others, appear in the Japanese dailies almost as frequently as they do in the American dailies. What congress is doing is also of absorbing interest. The probability of a reduction in the sugar tariff is viewed this way and that by the Japanese editors. No item of world’s news is neglected and everything that especially affects Hawaii is “played up” in true journalistic fashion. Continue reading

Newspaper history, 1913.

JOURNALISM AT THE CROSSROADS OF THE PACIFIC

If the newsboys of Honolulu carried under their arms copies of each newspaper in the city, besides those published in the English language, they would be pretty well loaded down and their calls would include the following journals, popular with thousands of readers to whom they cater: O Luso, Nupepa Kuokoa, Ke Aloha Aina, Ka Momi o Hawaii, Hawaii Shinpo, Japanese-Daily Chronicle, Nippu Jiji, Hawaii Hochi, Wah Hing Bo, Sun Chung Kwock Bo, Hon Mun Sun Bo, Chee Yow Shin Bo, United Korean News, Korean Times and many other that play an important part in their particular fields of activity. Continue reading

Death of Sam Ku West, 1930.

DIES IN PARIS

Sam Ku West of Honolulu, noted player of the guitar and harp, who is dead at Paris, France.

SAM KU WEST, HAWAII HARPIST, DIES IN FRANCE

Honolulu Boy, Famed For Guitar and Harp Music, Succumbs To Long Illness

(Associated Press by Wireless)

PARIS, Sept. 9.—Sam Ku West, a Honolulu harp and guitar player, died Sunday in the American hospital here after a long illness. He was 23 years old. Continue reading

Solos on two steel guitars at the same time, 1928.

SAM KU WEST FEATURED ON NEW PALACE PROGRAM

Sam Ku, professionally known in other parts of the world as Sam Ku West, and his accompanying artists will make their initial appearance in the Volcano City tonight at the New Palace theater in conjunction with the motion picture program featuring “Wallflowers.” Two and one half years ago, Sam left Honolulu, an unknown music boy for a tour of the Orient. Today he is back from New York as the only concert harpist of his race, acknowledged as one of the foremost steel guitar players of the world. His original idea of playing solos on two steel guitars at the same time, easily put him in a class by himself as a steel guitar artist. Continue reading

Sam Ku Company, 1928.

Farewell Twilight CONCERT
SAM KU COMPANY

Dan Ku, Hiram Kaliko, “Princess” Maunu, George Kalani and Sam Ku

(quintette sailing for Paris on Taiyo Maru,  Sept 18)

LAST CHANCE—MAKE RESERVATIONS NOW

Big New Program

Supported by Kamehameha Choir (22 voices) and Johnny Noble’s Orchestra

PRICES 75c, $1.00, $1.50  A FEW LOGES $1.00

(Advertiser, 9/11/1928, p. 6)

Advertiser_9_11_1928_6

Honolulu Advertiser, 23rd Year, Number 14,927, Page 6. September 11, 1928.

Death of Daniel Akana Ku Jr. in San Francisco, 1964.

Hawaiian Trio Leader Passes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Funeral services will be held Wednesday for Daniel Ku, native of Hawaii and for years the leader of the luxury liner Lurline’s famed Hawaiian trio.

He died Sunday of cancer at the San Francisco Marine Hospital. He was 54. Continue reading

Daniel Akana Ku, Jr. 1927.

DAINEL AKANA KU, JR. [DANIEL AKANA KU, JR.]

Expert Guitar and Steel Player.

This is a picture of a Hawaiian boy skilled at playing the steel guitar; Mr. Sam Ku, Jr. is his older brother’s name. He was born in Honolulu; Mrs. Elena Mahu is his mother and Sam Ku, Sr., his father, who is a guard at the insane asylum. Continue reading

Kalaniopuu’s ahuula and mahiole, the latests, 2020.

Feather Cloak and Helmet Gifted to Captain Cook to Return Permanently to Hawaiʻi

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi—An ʻahu ʻula (feather cloak) and mahiole (feather helmet) gifted to Captain Cook in 1779 are being permanently returned to Hawaiʻi by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

These cherished items were gifts from Hawaiian Chief Kalaniʻōpuʻu to Captain James Cook and have been in Te Papa’s collection since being gifted to the museum in 1912.

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