Performance of the great story, “Laieikawai,” 1902.



The Famous Enjoyable Performance of


which is being prepared from the Famed story of LAIEIKAWAI, the Woman of the Twilight, the Striking Beauty of Paliuli. It will be Opened by the Hawaii Ponoi Dramatic Club on the Night of the coming 15th of March.

The ladies and gentlemen thespians are Beautiful and Handsome; they know the language; their voices are sweet and pleasant like the singing Kahuli land shells.

The Feather Capes are lovely, as are the Feather helmets, the spears, and the ti-leaf sandals; so exquisite that it will make your insides tremble.

Come on down to see firsthand this mystifying beauty.

Don’t forget this; the tickets for entrance can be obtained at Wall Nichols Co. on King Street. Make haste.

You will enjoy it.

(Kuokoa, 2/28/1902, p. 5)


Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XL, Helu 9, Aoao 5. Feberuari 28, 1902.

2 thoughts on “Performance of the great story, “Laieikawai,” 1902.

  1. The story of Laieikawai first appears in the Hawaiian-Language Newspapers in 9/4/1862-10/23/1862, in Hoku o ka Pakipika, submitted by S. N. Haleole. Haleole moves mid-story to Kuokoa from 11/29/1862-4/4/1863. His telling of the story then is published in book form by Henry Whitney (of Kuokoa) later that year.

    You can find the Hawaiian and an English translation on google books:
    And it seems it is available on kindle as well!

    • I am working on a considerably expanded biography of an ancestor, Oliver Bainbridge, who had some poems/songs published through Wall Nichols and Co in Hawaii in the early 1900s, and would very much like to see them if they still exist and are in the public domain. One was a love song called ‘My Gift to Thee’, another was ‘A Pilgrim of the Eternal’ (in memory of Hawaiian Princess Kaiulani), and another was ‘Hush! A Sorrowing Nation Weeps’ (an elegy to the death of American President McKinley).

      I am an Australian poet and painter, b. 1942, and have be working on this bio for many many years. Please email me if you know of any of these or any other poems/songs by Oliver Bainbridge that had been set to music through Wall Nichols & Co Hawaii.

      You can check out my work on my Website,

      Thank you.

      Edwin Wilson

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