Announcement for a Play about Kahekili, 1913.

Kahekili, King of Maui, Lord of the Paelekulani

On Saturday, February 22, at the Opera House (Hale Mele Hou), will be opening a play about the story of King Kahekili of Maui, put on by the “Daughters of Warriors of Hawaii.” [Kaikamahine a na Pukaua]

Also appearing will be the kapu chief, Kalanikauiokikilo and the alii Mahana who carry the kapu Pulikoliko of Kalani Waiakua Waikanakaole (Kalanikauaiokikilo and Kalola) the grandchildren and Kalanimehameha, Ka Na’i Aupuni.

Come and see for yourself. The tickets are now available from the Promotion Committee for $1., .75c., and 50c.

(Kuokoa, 2/14/1913, p. 8)


Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLIX, Helu 7, Aoao 8. Feberuari 14, 1913.

4 thoughts on “Announcement for a Play about Kahekili, 1913.

  1. No evidence here of whether this play was performed in English or Hawaiian…but the evidence suggests English, despite this ad being in a Hawaiian newspaper.

    This presentation would have been one event of many during the Mid-Pacific Carnival, a predecessor to today’s Aloha Week, which was mainly aimed to get tourists to visit, but which also provided entertainment for local people. The Mid-Pacific Carnival began as a one-day Floral Parade in 1906, but was enlarged to became the Carnival in 1910. It all ended in 1917 due to travel restrictions from World War I.

    That tickets were being sold by the Hawaii Promotion Committee shows that this play was part of a tourist-oriented event.

    The annual Mid-Pacific Carnival happened in February because initially it was tied to the Washington’s Birthday holiday. That was to publicize Hawaii being a patriotic part of the USA in the early years after annexation.

    • Nice point!
      The Promotion Committee (Komite Hoeueu) was often mentioned in the Hawaiian-Language Papers, with their hands in all sorts of activities, both local and abroad!
      It is also interesting to note that pa-u horseback riding was “revived” specifically for the parade for Washington’s birthday (through the same Hawaii Promotion Committee) in 1906, and did not appear in the Kamehameha Day celebration until much later!!

      • Yes, in fact the success of the Floral Parade (including pa-u riding) starting in 1906 inspired the creation of the Kamehameha Day parade, which began in 1914. Up till then, the celebrations had been less extensive and often were centered on horse races at Kapiolani Park, along with picnics there.

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