On the afternoon of Sunday, June 3, the Pa Hula of Albert Nahale-a arrived at Puumaile Hospital to bring good will to the patients.
There was word that there was going to be a visit from a Hula Troupe to entertain the patients; it was asked who was coming, and in the afternoon of Saturday, it was clear which Hula Troupe was coming.
A little before 3:00 P. M., the waking bell was sounded. The people got up and got ready for when the Hula Group would arrive. Nahale-a’s people came, and it was but a short time after 3:00 P. M. The announcer voice rang forth announcing that it was ready for the activities to proceed.
They started their program with the performance of the song Ike hou ana i ka nani o Hilo,¹ and after that there were Hawaiian Hula and joint singing, and hula of this era, duets and trios.
The patients showed their enthusiasm by applauding.
When the close of the program was near, the head of the Hula Troupe announced that the day fell on the birthday of the Editor [Solomon Anakalea] of the Hoku o Hawaii, therefore they sang the song, “Happy Birthday” for this editor. He was 62 years old. I thank God for giving me these years.
Following this, the festivities were let out, and the members of the Hui Lokahi of Puumaile stood and gave their thanks to Albert Nahale-a and his Hula Troupe.
However, it was the solo singing performance of Mr. Joseph Kalima that was most admired by some. As well as the duets performed with his daughter.
This program was for some something that would not be forgotten in their weakened state.
“MUCH APPRECIATION TO YOU, ALBERT AND YOUR PA HULA.”
¹Perhaps this is the mele that begins:
Ike hou ana i ka nani o Hilo,
I ka uluwehiwehi i ka lehua,
Lei hoohihi a ka malihini,
Mea ole i ke kono a ke aloha.
(Hoku o Hawaii, 6/20/1945, p. 1)
Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XL, Number 8, Aoao 1. Iune 20, 1945.