Jonah Kumalae gets contract to supply 250 ukulele per month, 1915.


From the news heard from San Francisco, the stringed instrument, the ukulele, is greatly desired all over America because thousands of visitors at the exposition at San Francisco saw and heard for themselves the ukulele being played.

Jonah Kumalae earlier had a contract to supply two hundred fifty ukulele a month to a company selling the musical instruments in San Francisco, but now the number has been increased to five hundred ukulele per month.

Because some people really wanted to see an ukulele being played, they requested to be taught to play that stringed instrument, and Kailimai was the one who provided instruction to some people. Continue reading

Lei of the alii, 1930.


You can obtain Ilima Lei expertly sewn by skilled hands, at number 2401 King Street, Moiliili, Honolulu.

This was the adornment of our alii in times past, and the other Lei were inferior to it.

Telephone number 91618

[This was the address and phone number of the Alakai o Hawaii newspaper itself, and I assume that the lei seller was editor Jonah Kumalae, who was quite the businessman.]

(Alakai o Hawaii, 1/23/1930, p. 1)


Ke Alakai o Hawaii, Buke II, Helu 38, Aoao 1. Ianuari 23, 1930.