Great choral competition a hundred years ago, 1916.


At the Hilo Armory [Halekoa o Hilo], before a truly huge audience reaching nearly a thousand people, an Archipelago-wide song contest between different Choirs [Puali Himeni] from the different Islands was held. They showed their great proficiency taught to them by the Leaders of the different Choirs. The crowd who attended this big gathering was really entertained. Each group sang two songs, that being the song chosen for the competition and another outside of that song. After the singing, the Judges conferred over the decision, and when the decision of the Judging Committee was announced, they gave the championship to the Choir of Molokai, the group that took the banner for the two previous years, and the banner went to them for all times. The percentages announced by the Committee before the crowd was this: Molokai, 91 percent; Haili, 88 percent; Kauai, 81 percent; West Hawaii, 76 percent; and Maui, 61 percent. Some of the Committee told us that the reason Haili lost the competition was not because their singing was not fine, but because of the apparent exhaustion on their faces, being that good appearance while singing is a big part of the scoring.

The crowd that came in the large audience could understand the reason for that exhaustion, being that some of those singers came from the banquet table, and they were attendants for the guests of the Hawaiian Evangelical Conference [Aha Paeaina]. That the banner was not taken by those of Haili is not something to kick them for, and the decision of the Judging Committee was appreciated with good feelings. This was an entertaining concert, and the performances of the Hawaiian Singers was much appreciated. The proceeds from that gathering was $400.50.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 7/13/1916, p. 2)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii,  Buke 11, Helu 6, Aoao 2. Iulai 13, 1916.

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