More on E. K. Rose, Prince Lei Lani, 1924.

This is a picture showing Edwin K. Rose known by the name “Prince Lei Lani,” who was made a high chief of the Samoans, before he left Hawaii nei with twenty Samoans for America on a singing and Samoan dancing tour. In the scene on the top picture seen is E. K. Rose holding a war club; and below is a scene showing the preparation of kava before it being drunk.

(Kuokoa, 7/24/1924, p. 2)

He kii keia e hoikeike ana ia Edwin K. Rose...

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXIII, Helu 30, Aoao 2. Iulai 24, 1924.

18 thoughts on “More on E. K. Rose, Prince Lei Lani, 1924.

  1. E.K. Rose was my step-grandfather and I have many pictures of him when he was a young man. He told me many stories of his childhood and for the twenty or so years that I knew him he showed me how to be kind and also how to stand straight.

      • Hello, EK was my paternal great-great uncle, brother of my great grandmother, Pauline D. Keohoikamana Rose. My father still remembers Uncle EK, when he was married to my great-great aunt, Aggie Auld, dancing at the Graumann’s Chinese Theater in “The Tropics” the live show before the showing of “White Shadows of the South Seas”, MGM’s first talkie. My Dad, EK great nephew went backstage to see his aunt and uncle. My Dad (94 years old) has some great stories about EK.

    • Hello, EK was my paternal great-great uncle, brother of my great grandmother, Pauline D. Keohoikamana Rose. My father still remembers Uncle EK, when he was married to my great-great aunt, Aggie Auld, dancing at the Graumann’s Chinese Theater in “The Tropics” the live show before the showing of “White Shadows of the South Seas”, MGM’s first talkie. My Dad, EK great nephew went backstage to see his aunt and uncle. My Dad (94 years old) has some great stories about EK.

    • Prince Lei Lani is my Great Grandfather his Son F.S.Rose is my Grandfather my Father is F.E.Rose if you have picture of my Great Grandfather would you mind sharing them with me

  2. Prince Lei Lani is my Great Grandfather his Son F.S.Rose is my Grandfather my Father is F.E.Rose if you have picture of my Great Grandfather would you mind sharing them with me

  3. I am doing research on the Rose family. I live in Hilo, HI, where the Roses settled after Wilhelm Lenhardt Rosenberg first settled here. I have information about the family. ( I go by Jane)

    • Hello Jane, would love to hear more about your research. What is the purpose of the research? My great paternal Grandmother Pauline was Wilhelm Rose & Hattie Kanaina’s daughter.

    • Hello Jane. Please let me know if you can give me your email so I can pass along more information on the Rose family, along with photos. Let me know.

  4. As I remember, Prince Lei Lani is credited in the 1937 Hollywood film, “Waikiki Wedding”. A number of Hawaiians appeared in it as extras and there was some level of consultation with Hawaiians on more authentic costuming, dance moves, language, and props than was usual in movies up till then – not that the end result is truly authentic, mind you.

    • Yes, Uncle EK was the priest in the wedding scene in the movie. I have a copy of it. At the time, there were several movies being made where my great-great uncle and his sister (my great grandmother) Pauline D. Keohoikamana Rose had bcome the “go to” contact for all Polynesian natives, living in the Los Angeles area, for Polynesian and Hawaiian dancers, entertainers, and authentic natives for Hollywood productions. My great grandmother was “Mata” in the 1937 movie “Hurricane”, where she was billed as Pauline Steele. She had also been a support for Requel Torres, who played Fayaway in the 1928 movie “White Shadows of the South Seas. Uncle EK had a dance troupe when he was married to my great-great aunt, Aggie Auld, and danced at the Graumann’s Chinese Theater in “The Tropics” the live show before the showing of “White Shadows of the South Seas”, MGM’s first talkie in 1929. According to my Dad, who just passed away at 95, he remembered being at his grandmother Pauline’s house, while she regularly entertained many from the Hawaiian & Hollywood communities. Duke Kahanamoku was a dear friend of my great-grandmother, and my dad remembers being hoisted up on the Duke’s shoulders in celebration of my dad’s 5th birthday party.
      Uncle EK was also in the 1951 version of “Bird of Paradise” with Debra Paget, Jeff Chandler & Louis Jourdan. He was listed as the “Chief” in that movie. I have a copy of that as well.

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