Duke Kahanamoku and Hui Nalu to San Francisco, 1913.

Not Enough Money to Send Kahanamoku

The swimmers of the Hui Nalu received and invitation from San Francisco to go to the Portola show to be held in San Francisco, and that they arrive one week prior to the when the event will be held, so that they have time to enjoy and practice ahead.

This invitation was received by the Promotion Committee on the eve of this past Thursday by way of wireless telegraph, requesting that the boys of the Hui Nalu board the steamship Ventura on the 3rd of October instead of them waiting until the 8th.

There are many boys of the Hui Nalu who want to fulfill this invitation, however, some of them must work, and it seems that there are only a few of them that might be able to oblige.

One big obstruction faced by Kahanamoku and his teammates in going, is the lack of funds in their account, and so the fund-raising committee wants to raise two-hundred dollars, which would be sufficient for the travel expenses for the Hawaii boys. The committee is determined to raise those funds before the 8th of October, and to put the Hawaii boys aboard the steamship Wilhelmina so that they will have a lot of time before the Portola Festival [Oct. 22–25, 1913] in San Francisco, on the 22nd of October.

(Kuokoa, 10/3/1913, p. 5)

LAWA OLE KE DALA E HOOUNA AI IA KAHANAMOKU

Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LI, Helu 39, Aoao 5. Okatoba 3, 1913.

2 thoughts on “Duke Kahanamoku and Hui Nalu to San Francisco, 1913.

  1. Note that the expense of sending multiple people on a round trip between Honolulu and San Francisco, and providing them food and lodging for a number of days, would total $200. Raising $200 in 5 days today would not be a problem, but back then…

    I wonder if they made it?

    This was the same situation Duke Kahanamoku faced when traveling for sporting events, including the Olympics, in these early years – raising the money to do it.

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