On riddles and pen names and such, 1925.

This is a picture of the person whose bird riddle (nane) it was that was published in the Kuokoa for a year, and of the one who searched and found the correct answer and won the prize. Starting from the left is Mr. Enoka Kapoohiwi, who is known by his answer as Palolo Boy; and to his right is Joel K. Apuakehau, and he is known by his pen name, Kahuku Boy, the one to whom belongs the sweet yellow-feathered bird riddle of Kaipoleimanu. These boys are all decked out, as one receives the prize from the hands of the other who offered the prize, as they pose festively.

THE PRIZE IS AWARDED FOR THE BIRD NANE OF KAHUKU BOY

Because the nane of Kahuku Boy was one which befuddled the experts and well-trained riddle solvers amongst the readership of the Kuokoa, that nane which stood for over year before the correct answer was found by the boy from Palolo; and because it was requested by that Palolo Boy, that a picture be taken of the two of them so that everyone might see the person who composed the nane and the one who searched and found the correct answer; his request was warmly fulfilled, and their picture taking was scheduled for the morning of this past Saturday, and it is the two of them who is seen in the photo.

Because of some difficulties encountered by the editor of this paper, he wasn’t present at the time this event was carried out, and as a result, the real prize does not appear in this photo taking (it was a writing book and a gold-colored pen which was put away in a drawer); the prize you see in the picture is just a stand in so that the desired picture could be shot, that being the presenting of the prize by the one who composed the nane, and the accepting of the prize by the one who had the correct answer; as for the real prize, we await the arrival of that boy from Palolo, to receive it from the hands of the editor of this paper.

[Nane are seen all through the life of the Hawaiian-Language Newspapers. One person would send in a nane to the editor, along with the correct answer. Readers of the paper would then send in their answers. The newspaper editor would often respond to incorrect answers with funny retorts spurring on people to think harder.]

[Pen names seem to naturally go along with nane (although there were many people who used them for submitting letter, articles, or poetry in general). Just a few examples are Kolu Lima Hiku, Hakalau Boy, Waihanau Boy, Sionala, Waiomao Boy, and Kakelakuikealopali. Without other information, like the article above, we may never know their real names. Perhaps the most famous of them all was Z. P. K. Kawaikaumaiikamakaokaopua, which was the pen name of Z. P. K. Kalokuokamaile.]

(Kuokoa, 7/23/1925, p. 2)

HAAWIIA KA MAKANA NO KA NANE MANU A KAHUKU BOY

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXIV, Helu 30, Aoao 2. Iulai 23, 1925.

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One thought on “On riddles and pen names and such, 1925.

  1. Joel Kahionamaka Apuakehau is my great grandfather. It’s awesome to have this article translated. Mahalo 😊

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