It is believed that before the end of August, all of the work of the telephone company will be completed. Currently, there are 1,200 sets mounted in homes and businesses, and it is thought by those in charge, that there are 1,300 more sets to be installed, then all those wanting this new type of telephone will be supplied.
There are lots of this type of devices in the business office of this company, and there is more on the way aboard the steamer Lurline of this coming Wednesday. Supervisor Hummell stated yesterday, everything will be ready in three weeks. So after all of the sets are installed, all the old ones will be taken away. My! So speedy is the work of that Opihi Makaiauli.
[It seems that any box-like device that voice came out of was considered a “pahu olelo,” including, and perhaps more commonly seen when referring to a phonograph.]
(Kuokoa Home Rula, 8/12/1910, p. 3)