Bonine brings movies to Kalawao and Kalaupapa, 1909.


On Thursday evening last a new miracle happened at Kalaupapa. On that evening R. K. Bonine, the moving-picture expert, threw his first picture on the screen before an audience of a thousand lepers, and there was a great gasp of awed astonishment and keen delight when the pictures really moved and did things. Cheers, tears, gasps and soul-satisfying laughter greeted the pictures in turn, and when the reels put aside for the first entertainment had been exhausted, the people of Kalaupapa and Kalawao, in a body, cheered their thanks to the man who had brought these wonders to them and to those in Honolulu who had through their contributions made these miracles possible.

It was a great day for the people of the Molokai Settlement, and it was a great day for Bonine. To the lepers had come a new marvel, greater far than the sight of the mighty White Fleet, which maneuvered past their shores last summer, greater than anything that had come to them. No place the world over have motion pictures made such a hit. Continue reading

Hot air balloon in Paris, riding a camel in India, then an elephant in Egypt…, 1911.

[Kakauia mai]

I Parisa aku nei au
I ka lele baluna poniuniu
A Inia aku nei au
I ke kau kamelo holo pupule
A Aigupita aku makou
I ke kau elepani ihu peleleu
Kupanaha e ka hana kahi kii doll
I ke ki malalo oni a o luna
Alawa iho oe a o ke kuene
Palamimo e ka lima i ka naau-kake
Hainaia mai ana ka puana
Ke kii onioni a o Kalawao
—K. Glee Club.

[Movie of Kalawao

I was in Paris
On a dizzying hot-air balloon
I was in India
On a camel that went along crazily
We were in Egypt
On an elephant with a long trunk
Amazing is the action of this doll
Turn the key below and it moves above
Look at that waiter
Skilled are his hands with the sausage
Let the story be told
The movie of Kalawao.

Kalawao Glee Club.]

[Here is a mele about places far away, written it seems down in Kalawao after a movie of clips of various scenes was shown there. For the version more widely known today, see also “Palisa” in Na Mele o Hawaii Nei, pp. 84–85.]

(Au Hou, 8/24/1910, p. 12)


Ke Au Hou, Buke I, Helu 17, Aoao 12. Augate 24, 1910.