Sam Lia Kalainaina’s daughter weds, 1940.



Joined in the holy covenant of marriage were Miss Anna Keolaanalani Lia Kalainaina, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Lia Kalainaina of Kukuihaele, Hamakua, with Emiliano Barroga, a Filipino youth, an Owner of some passenger buses between Kukuihaele, Honokaa, and based in Hilo, and he holds many shares in a Insurance group in Manila; by the Catholic Priest, Father Henry, at the Catholic Church of Honokaa, on August 31 at 6:00 P. M.

After the ceremony was over, married couple, the parents, and the crowd headed for Kukuihaele Hale, as the family and many friends of all ethnicities were waiting to welcome them with a great Banquet to honor the Young Couple.

The Hall was decorated with sweet-scented foliage of the forest and all sorts of pretty things crafted skillfully by deft hands—It was just so beautiful. There were six long tables set up that could sit two hundred people eating at the same time.

When the couple arrived at the entrance, the crowd cheered while throwing rice (Rice Shower) upon the couple in joy, and they were led to their seats to eat of the various delicacies as the waiters and waitresses on both sides worked briskly. Because all of the chairs were filled, the rest of the crowd stood waiting for a space to open. The people dining were entertained by the sweet strains of the Strings and Wind instruments of the Band of the Filipino Boys of Honolulu and Kapulena.

There was eating and drinking of all the delicacies spread out with great praise of the crowd from the Hawaiians to all of the ethnicities. Joining in were the Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Puerto Ricans, and the many Filipinos. And it was peaceful all around and everyone was joyous on that unforgettable night, while raindrops came down.

A separate space for dancing was made, and some tables were set aside for those who had not eaten. Those who were skilled at dancing stood and also those who were accomplished at singing duets and solos, as well as those who did the body-swaying hula of the Hawaiians, “Too Good.” The entertainment was continued until the late hours of the night, and it was then let out peacefully while the band sang the beloved Hawaiian song—ALOHA OE—Adios—

However before letting the people out of the festivities on that unforgettable night, the father of the young bride stood to announce that there was to be¹ an upcoming Banquet for the public on Sunday, September 1, at 10:00 A. M., and to invite the people to party in honor of his children, the Young Married Couple.

On the day that the crowd was invited to party once again, the workers were again lively as before in the preparations, and at the announced hour, everything was ready along with the many people who came as well as the Band boys. Everyone sat to share in the many foods that were spread out. There was eating and drinking and merry-making in peace until the evening hours whereupon the party was let out happily. There however were not as many people there on that day as there were on the previous night, but it seems that there were about two hundred people. The very nice thing was that there was not a single alcoholic drink allowed on the tables and that is why there was peace until the people returned home with much admiration.

It was said that his was the biggest marriage banquet seen in Kukuihaele nei.

The young bride was a student that graduated from the eighth grade Japanese-Language School as well as a student who graduated from Honokaa High School, class of 1939. And we pray to the Heavenly Power to extend many blessings upon the Young Married Couple. Let their days be long in harmony, and to bless and make fruitful with precious fruit beneath the protection of Jehovah the Father from whom comes the fortunes, Life and all blessings; this is my plea, with gratitude.


¹The first two lines of the second column of the original was switched.

[Too bad the current digital image is bad. Hopefully one day soon, there will be funding for the rescanning of clear images of the Hawaiian Language Newspapers!]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 10/16/1940, p. 2)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXV, Number 25, Aoao 2. Okatoba 16, 1940.

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