79 years ago, Inter-Island Play Day for Women, 1937.


Under the leadership of Eliza K. Osorio and Irene K. Silva, directors of the Hilo Women’s Athletic association, 31 local girls will leave for Molokai this Sunday on the steamer to attend the fifth annual Inter-island Play Day of Women which will be held on Molokai on March 23, 24, and 25. The play festival was held two years in Hilo and a year ago on Maui.

Girls making the trip from Hilo are: Margaret Brown, Harriet Brown, Yok Lan Mehau, Christine Almeida, Pua Ho-a, Betty Watai, Elsie Watai, Mary Cootey, Virginia Asau, Margaret Kimi, [Napua] Harriet Stevens, Juliet Stevens, Bernicia Baker, Isabel Cann, Hope Broto, Mary Kualii, Piilani Maxfield, Daisy Loa, Josephine Kamau, Sarah Rowe, Susannah Campbell, Vera Toko, Agnes Kaeo, May Caceres, Hattie Kalani, Betty Matsubara, Kuulei Kalailoa, Annie Herring, Annie Goo, Mary Lee Loy and Sarah White.

Leaving here Sunday, the girls will stay on Maui until Monday night when they will take the boat for Molokai. They will be on Molokai Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and in Honolulu on Friday, returning to Hilo Saturday, March 27.

An official invitation has been received here by Mrs. Osorio from Arthur K. Powlison, superintendent of recreation in Honolulu, for the Hilo girls to participate in the fith annual play festival. This is the first time that the Play Day is being held on Molokai.

The program for this year’s event will include: Tuesday, March 23, playground games, sports preferences and sightseeing trip to pali, followed by beach supper and lecture by visiting lecturer; Wednesday, sports preferences, Halawa valley trip, lecture and round table discussions; Thursday, playground games, sightseeing trip, sports preferences, free time, dance in evening with 12-minute programs by each group.

All the islands will be represented at this festival which is being sponsored this year by the Molokai Community Center, Inc.

While in Honolulu on Friday, March 26, the Hilo girls will give a radio broadcast at 1:15 p.m. from Station KGU during the Honolulu recreation program. All Big Islands are urged to tune in to the program.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 3/17/1937, p. 4)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXI, Number 47, Aoao 4. Maraki 17, 1937.

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