Hawaiian music in Aotearoa, 1925.


A news item published in the newspaper Auckland Star on the 20th of April past described the enthusiasm of the people of New Zealand for Hawaiian songs, given at the concert held by Ernest Kaai and his band which is going around New Zealand.

When one of the concerts opened in the theater, the interior of the theater was decorated with greenery, and the theater was darkened, and when the music began, accompanied by the voices of the singers, it was as if the scene then was the coming of light at the break of dawn; and the audience held their breath when Aloha Oe was sung, as the instruments played along.

When the lights were lit, and the singers continued to play their instruments and singing their songs, that setting was just beautiful.

There was however one thing that was very much appreciated, and that was Thelma Kaai playing the steel guitar, accompanied by David Kaili and Queenie who made another appearance; the entire audience was filled with joy and they kept clapping until those people returned and played four or five more times.

Ernest Kaai’s arranging of the musicians and also the vocalists is something that the New Zealanders were greatly delighted in, where they could not just stay at home anytime a concert was given by this band.

(Kuokoa, 5/28/1925, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXIV, Helu 22, Aoao 2. Mei 28, 1925.

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