Old Kuokoa “Paper Boy”, 1923.

This is a picture of Maui Kaiko, one of the paper boys of the Kuokoa, along with his new hat. Maui Kaiko is 70 years old now, yet he is just as lively selling newspapers as the youngsters of town, and by selling newspapers, he has everything he needs in life.

[Notice how the word “keiki” is not only used for young boys (or children in general), but is also used how we use it today, as in: “Maui boy” or “local boy”…]

(Kuokoa, 6/14/1923, p. 4)

O keia ke kii o Maui Kaiko...

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXII, Helu 24, Aoao 4. Iune 14, 1923.

1 thought on “Old Kuokoa “Paper Boy”, 1923.

  1. And 12 years later, in June 1935, Maui was still selling newspapers in downtown Honolulu! Except by then it was the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, and he was noted for rattling an uli uli and dancing “a few hula steps” to attract buyers on the sidewalk. A photo of him, released nationally by Acme Newsphotos, described Maui as “the most picturesque ‘newsboy’ in America”, using the same term to describe him as had been used in the Kuokoa caption in 1923 – even though he was not really a boy anymore, at 80+ years of age.


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