Ikua Purdy in the movies, 1908.

IKUA PURDY SHOWN IN MOVIES.

Because the Hawaiian boy Ikua Purdy became champion at the steer roping held at Cheyenne, Wyoming, his picture is being shown in America in movie theaters, and from what is being said, the images of that champion of the world being shown are truly fine and beautiful, as if it actually is him chasing and roping the steer.

In one of the scenes showing the parading of the steer-roping cowboys, the Hawaiian boys are the finest as they don lei about their necks; and these movies are becoming highly acclaimed in lands outside Hawaii.

(Kuokoa, 10/16/1908, p. 8)

HOIKEIKE IA O IKUA PURDY ILOKO O KE KII ONIONI.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLIII, Helu 42, Aoao 8. Okatoba 16, 1908.

More on the famous paniolo of Waimea, 1908.

The Boys of Waimea are Victorious!

Ikua Purdy is the Champion Roper of the World—Archie Kaaua took 3rd—the American Boys are Weak¹.

KA UA KIPUUPUU O WAIMEA.

Hanohano wale no o Mauna Kea
A ka hau e hoohenoheno nei
Me ka Ua Kipuupuu ame ke anu o Waimea
Me ka Ua Kipuupuu ame ke anu o Waimea

E walea ana paha, e nanea ana paha
I ka hone a ke kai hawanawana
Me ka Ua Kipuupuu ame ke anu o Waimea
Me ka Ua Kipuupuu ame ke anu o Waimea

CHEYENNE, Wyoming, August 22—Ikua Purdy of Hawaii took the name of champion of the world in the roping contest held today for the first time. It took 56 seconds from the release of the steer until it was tied fast. Archie Kaaua [Achie Kaaua] took 3rd, and Jack Low took 6th, and they are all from Hawaii.

The Hawaiian boys took 1st, 3rd, and 6th places in the great contest of Wyoming; this is news which all Hawaiian hearts can be happy about, for the honor garnered by our boys. Many expert ropers showed up, from the forests of the north, the champion of the wire lasso of the rugged plains of Alaska, the experts from the furrowed lands of the far south, the champion rider of the Pampas, the lightning-handed champion of Texas, and so many more; however, all of their knowledge and preparation was overcome by Ikua Purdy. Not one of them was his match, with his swift and skilled lassoing and felling of the steer in short time. 56 seconds was not the fastest time made by Ikua Purdy like the 38 3/4 seconds he achieved at Kapiolani Park some years earlier, however, it should be kept in mind that the conditions there are not the same as ours. McPhee is the one with the fastest time, 37 2/5 seconds gotten at a big contest held in Cheyenne, Wyoming, but from that time to now, he did not make that time again; he was constantly defeated by the Hawaiian boys in contests after that.

THE KIPUUPUU RAIN OF WAIMEA.

Glorious is Mauna Kea
Graced with snow
With the Kipuupuu Rain and the cold of Waimea
With the Kipuupuu Rain and the cold of Waimea

Relaxing at ease
At the soft whispering sea
With the Kipuupuu Rain and the cold of Waimea
With the Kipuupuu Rain and the cold of Waimea

¹I’m not sure if “Lahilahi” here is referring to the American boys being “deflated”…

(Kuokoa Home Rula, 8/28/1908, p. 1)

Lanakila na Keiki o Waimea!

Kuokoa Home Rula, Buke VI, Helu 35, Aoao 1. Augate 28, 1908.

The fame of the Hawaiian paniolo reaches Wyoming, 1908.

The fame of the Hawaiian boys in their lassoing has spread to Wyoming, America, where the steer roping contest is always held, and an invitation was received from there for some Hawaiian Boys to attend. We have no doubts that these Hawaiians will return adorned in victory in the various contests, being that it is clear that the little ability of the haole cannot match that of the Hawaiian boys in this skill. Paiia ke oolea!¹ O Hawaiians, go fetch your glory!

¹Is anyone familiar with the exclamation: “Pai ia ke oolea!”?

(Kuokoa, 6/5/1908, p. 4)

Ua kuʻi aku ke kaulana o na keiki Hawaii...

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLIII, Helu 23, Aoao 4. Iune 5, 1908.