Hawaiians come to Hawaii for the first time, 1940.

Hawaiian Malihini.

The picture above is a picture of a Hawaiian family who came to Hawaii as malihini to this land. They are Hawaiians by skin, but they are newcomers to the land. This is the first time they are seeing in person the land of their parents and kupuna. Arrived by the Aorangi was Mrs. Antone Pai, who was born in San Francisco, and her children who were born in Portland, Oregon. In the front line is Robert, 3; Sylvia, 6, and Antone Jr., 4. In the middle line is Katherine, 9; Antoinette, 8; and Helena, 11. In the back is Mrs. Pai and her brother, Francis Sylvia, who was born in Seattle.

Hawaiians Visiting Hawaii

Question: When is a Hawaiian called a malihini?

Answer: When they have not seen Hawaii before.

These are two generations of Hawaiians that saw Hawaii for the first time when they arrived in Honolulu last week on the Steamer Aorangi from Vancouver. Neither Mrs. Pai nor her children had seen Hawaii before, nor had her brother, Francis Sylvia, 22, who arrived with this family. All of them were born in America to Hawaiian families.

“It is just so beautiful,” according to Mrs. Pai as her voice choked up.

“You see that everything is green,” said one of her children.

Waking at Dawn

“I woke up at 2:30 A. M. in the morning, wanting to see the beloved land of my parents,” said Mrs. Pai. “I will live here until my last days.”

She looked and saw her husband waiting for them at the wharf. He came back some months ago. He left Hawaii 20 years ago, and when he arrived in America, he met his wife and the two were joined in holy matrimony. He was 21 years old when he left Hawaii nei.

According to Mrs. Pai, my father and mother left Hawaii and went to America like everyone else, after they were married. My father cleaned homes, and he is perhaps known to Honolulu people by the name Robert H. Sylvia. The mother is Miss Maile.

All of my children were born in Portland, and I was born in San Francisco, while my brother was born in Seattle. My husband works as a metalworker.

Mr. Pai is the son of Mrs. Katherine K. Enoka Pai of Honolulu, and he is a cousin of Joseph (Sonny) Pai of the fire department of Honolulu.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 1/3/1940, p. 1)

He Mau Hawaii Malihini

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXIV, Number 36, Aoao 1. Ianuari 3, 1940.

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