Waikiki Wedding and Bing Crosby, 1936.

A FITTING HAWAIIAN SOUGHT

FOR WORKING ON HAWAIIAN STORY FOR A MOVIE

HOLLYWOOD, Sept. 1.—Mr. Bing Crosby will be landing in Honolulu next Thursday aboard the steamship Lurline, one of those who are writing the script of a movie called “Waikiki Wedding.” The news was heard from his studio that on this trip he is searching for a very famous woman in ancient Hawaiian hula, that understands the hand motion and the foot movements, as in ancient Hawaiian history; the hula of Hawaii that made it famous and was seen as one of the things that were taught to all women of Hawaii during those days. Also they are on the search for famous young musicians of Hawaii nei that know the proper mele for the hula foot movements of women, who know the string instruments and drums of the Hawaiians, and are not just handsome to look at, but true to the history that is written about: the ti-leaf whistle, the kilu drum, the puhenehene flute, the jew’s harp and bamboo ukeke.

This movie will be filmed in Hawaii nei on the 1st of this coming October, and when it is done, he will return to Hollywood to complete the work on this movie. Also wanted are Hawaiians who know how to translate Hawaiian to English, so that they have a true understanding of the songs and the true nature of the real Hula Olapa and what it is based upon.

[After watching the American Masters show on Bing Crosby on PBS last night, I came across this story.]

(Alakai o Hawaii, 9/10/1936, p. 2)

E HULI IA ANA KEKAHI KANAKA HAWAII KUPONO

Ke Alakai o Hawaii, Buke 9, Helu 22, Aoao 2. Sepetemaba 10, 1936.

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