John Kaina, Kamehameha senior classman, 1941.


(Written by Louis Agard)


The Bishop Museum [hale hoahu o na mea kahiko o Bihopa] published picture postcards [pepa kii haleleka] showing Hawaiian pictures. Amongst the cards printed is a picture of John Kaina, a senior classman at Kamehameha. John Kaina’s picture is printed in this group of postcards. The first group is made up of twelve eleven cards.

The cards can be gotten by those who visit there; the majority of them are world travellers who want to send these to their friends and family in America.

In this picture in which Keoni is sitting, you see him showing the musical instruments for hula. The drum is made from a coconut tree and is covered with a taut [? looks like “ma-lo,” but i was expecting “ma-no,” shark] skin. The smaller drum is a kilu drum made out of a coconut and covered with the skin of a kala. He girded a hula pa-u and a palapalai lei.

[Might anyone have examples of these postcards?

If the newspapers were rescanned clearly, surely this picture would be much more vivid!]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 5/21/1941, p. 3)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXVI, Number 4, Aoao 3. Mei 21, 1941.


2 thoughts on “John Kaina, Kamehameha senior classman, 1941.

  1. There were actually 13 cards in the series, not 12, as the article says. They were first published in 1940. There’s a set in the Bishop Museum Archives collection. And there are good-quality copies of this photo in the Archives as well, fortunately.


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