HAWAIIAN YOUTHS SINGING IN AMERICA
There are many Hawaiian youths famous for singing in America that are touring as a band, and they are bringing the name of tiny Hawaii to the forefront of the whole world; they are greatly admired everywhere they go for their beauty and gentlemanliness, and also for the beauty and excellence of their singing voices; and it is this style of the Hawaiian youths which cause the young fans to chase after them—so unbelievable are the waters of Alekoki.¹
New York, Aug. 12. According to N. K. Bahling, a long-time resident of Honolulu, “The Hawaiian youths are distinguished by their singing; I met up with them living at 209 East 14th Street, they being Mr. and Mrs. David Kalaukoa, Alfred K. Jones, John K. Paaluhi; they are the singing group that went to Europe the other year, to England, Germany and France. While they were there, the people there went “crazy” over hearing the call of the singing kahuli land shells² of Hawaii.
(See page Four)
¹This hearkens back to the opening line from the song “Alekoki” by Lizzie Alohikea, which speaks of the amazing waters of Alekoki, and here is used to describe the craze over the Hawaiian performers: “Aole i piliwi ia, Kahi wai ao Alekoki…”
²Kahuli are the famous land shells of the upland forests which chirp sweetly, often used to describe a melodious singing voice.
(Kuokoa Home Rula, 9/5/1912, p. 2)
Boys of the Hawaiian Singing Groups
(From page Two)
There is a choral group in the West side of Canada. John A. C. Peterson, Henry K. Kekona, George Vierra, and Ruth Ola; their gig will open in three weeks.
These are the Hawaiians on the East Coast of America, they are a group of singers; Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Ellis, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Ellis, J. K. Puni, and Aberahama [Abraham] Manase.
These are the Hawaiian singers in the Midwest, in Chicago: Beni Aiko Jones, Solomon Kaiewe, Beni Waiwaiole, Solomon Kolomoku, and A. K. Tavares. This is the Singing Group, “Ka Paradaiso [Paradise]”.
Here is another singing group of Hawaiians between the Atlantic and the Pacific: Henry N. H. Hart, Charles K. Clark, David N. Manaku.
Here is a new singing group in Eastern Canada: William K. Alohikea and his wife, and Joe [Joseph] Keliiaihue; they were living in New England for a year. In southern America is also a singing group: Mr. and Mrs. Lui Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kumalae, John K. Polihale, and they are in Angel [Los Angeles ?], California.
There is one group of Hawaiians in Santa Cruz, California: E. Montgomery, Solomon Moki, and George Kia.
Also, Julia Paka, Tools Paka, Dick Reuter, and Joe [Joseph] Kekuku are coming back; they are in California.
There is a new singing group in San Francisco whose names are: Rob K. Kalauokalani, Pakekena John Loheloa, Solomon Keawe, and John Jones; they are headed for Halet Maywille [?] which is a hundred and fifty miles from San Francisco; this is the group who was greatly appreciated at every hotel they sang at in California.
Mekia [Major] Kealakai and his group is in Los Angeles, and singing in a huge hotel.
We are greatly appreciative of the Hawaiians who go out to bring fame to Hawaii. In the swimming competition of Duke Kahanamoku, when they sang, Hawaii was the best. “Kalakaua Moi o Hawaii [Kalakaua, King of Hawaii]”.
(Kuokoa Home Rula, 9/5/1912, p. 4)