Martha Poepoe Hohu and three Hilo women honored, 1929.


Honolulu, Dec. 11—Three Students from here in Hilo, who are boarding at the Teachers’ School in Honolulu, were honored by being initiated as members of the Society of “Sigma Eta Omega,” which is the Association of the Students who were honored for doing good works among that Association of those in the Teachers College [Kula Ao Kumu] in Honolulu. This Association is honorably named in Greek, and they are bestowed this position because of their standing in this Teachers College of Hawaii.

The ones from Hilo upon whom were bestowed this honored name, were Miss Wilhelmina Roback, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Roback of Hilo nei.

This honor was conferred upon this girl from Hilo because of her singing abilities at that Teachers College.

This honor was also conferred upon Veronica Lui Kwan, the President of this Association, and this honor was bestowed upon her because of her skill in organizing the association; and to Mrs. Georgian Sutherland for her progress in studies. There were others as well receiving this honor and were initiated into this Greek Honors Society, the only society established in Hawaii nei; the daughter of Rev. H. K. Poepoe was also one included in this honored position, that being the Organist of Kaumakapili Church, Mrs. Martha Hohu.

A gathering was held at the College to initiate those who were honored, and on the evening of that day a celebratory party was held at the Blaisdell Hotel.

[Hoku o Hawaii, the last of the historic Hawaiian-Language Newspapers and one of the longest running (1906–1948) was printed in Hilo. For some reason, there seems to be at this time no issues online from before 5/31/1917. Eleven years of this paper is available on microfilm, but are not online as of yet. Hopefully, this newspaper can get reshot in entirety soon, because much of the available images are hard to read.]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 12/17/1929, p. 1)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke XXIII, Helu 27, Aoao 1. Dekemaba 17, 1929.

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