Eddie Bush comes home, 1933.

Eddie Bush, Hawaiian, Sees Hawaii First Time

Take the musical notes C to G and you have a tenor, go higher from G to C and you have a head tone singer, then from that C to F you have a falsetto crooner. Go Still higher, an octave above high C, and you’ve got—Eddie Bush.

Eddie Bush, the Hawaiian who until this week never saw Hawaii, has puzzled the best musical authorities with that voice of his. Finally they decided to call him a lyric soprano.

“It may be the proper technical name,” says Eddie, “but it sounds kind of sissy to me.”

The young singer—he’s 21—is here with Mel Peterson and Earl Randall for the opening of the Club Morocco and for a series of radio appearances.

Born On Mainland

This is because back in 1901 Eddie’s mother and father left Hawaii for professional careers on the mainland, his mother being an actress and his father a composer. Eddie, then, was one of five children born on the mainland.

At the age of four years, believe it or not, Eddie began his professional career, appearing as a kid singer on the stage. And continued to appear until he was 14 when, his voice changing, he lost his singing voice. For a whole year the lyric beauty of his voice was stilled. Then the triumphant return.

At tender 15 Eddie teamed with Paul Gibbon and Bill Seckler as the Biltmore Trio, a combination that clicked well enough to become nationally famous. From then on it was roses for the young singer. The records show him with his own trio, including Russ Colombo and Art Fleming, with the Three Rhythm Boys, one of whom was Bing Crosby, with his own bands appearing on the west coast, in Cincinnati, in Texas; at the Palace theater in New York, and with Phil Harris at the Coconut Grove, appearing variously on the stage, in night clubs and over the radio.

Double In Movies

Then  there was an interlude in…

Eddie Bush

…the movies. Here Eddie has served a double role. First he has served as a  hard riding double for movie stars strangers to horseflesh. Eddie was slight enough in build to crediably pass as a double, on horseback, for Lupe Velez, Dorothy Sebastian and also for Douglas Fairbanks.

Back to the movies he went later to furnish the musical background. In “Dinner at Eight” it is Eddie’s orchestra playing the accompaniment and in “Central Airport,” starring Richard Barthelmess, Eddie sings with his trio.

For five years Eddie has been trying to get over to the Hawaiian islands. But each time he was balked by some uncompromising contract. Four times, between engagements, Eddie has booked passage for Honolulu but each time some contract came up that had to be obeyed, so each time he had to cancel his ship booking. The fifth time, however, he made it.

Off the stage and away from the microphone Eddie goes in for riding and tennis. Now that he’s out at Waikiki, staying with Mrs. John H. Wilson. He is going in for swimming and maybe some surfing. No girls, he’s not married.

(Star-Bulletin, 10/28/1933, p. 5)


Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Volume XLI, Number 13017, Page 5. October 28, 1933.

Sol K. Bright returns home with bride, Wanda Rogers, 1931.

Sol K. Bright Makes Good As Musician; Returns to Islands

Another home town boy who made good in the musical world on the mainland, Sol K. Bright, son of Andrew Bright, parole  officer on the Honolulu police force, is coming back this week. He is expected Wednesday morning on the S. S. Manoa. Continue reading

Who is Mrs. Solomon K. Bright? 1931.


When the steamship Manoa docked on Wednesday, October 21, aboard was a Hapa Hawaiian girl, that being Mrs. Bright, she and her husband Solomon K. Bright who plays music with Solomon Hoopii, a musician in one of the Hawaiian boy bands; and Mrs. Bright did not see Hawaii nei from when she was born, and this is the very first time she saw the land of birth of her kupuna. Continue reading

John Waiamau Kekuhaupio Aneheialima dies, 1901.


Passed at 12:30 in the Dawn of Monday.

Many Friends Went on His Final Journey—He was 64 Years Old.

At dawn on Monday of this week, the life breath of John Waiamau Kekuhaupio Aneheialima was fetched and taken from the one known to us by his first names. With his death, gone is one of the kind, generous, good, and enlightened elders of this archipelago. He was born at Niulii, Kohala, Hawaii, in the year 1837; he spent sixty-four years of his life in this world. Aneheialima was his Father, and Waiwaiole was his Mother.

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The plaque for Queen Kapiolani’s casket, 1899.


John F. Colburn [Keoni Kolopana] recently received the Silver name plate for the casket of Kapiolani. This are the Words Inscribed upon it:


Wahine a ka Moi Kalakaua.

Hanau ma Hilo, Hawaii, i ka la 31 o Dekemaba, M. H., 1834.

Make ma Honolulu, Oahu, i ka la 24 o Iune, M. H., 1899.

64 Makahiki, 5 Malama ame 23 La.

O ka moto e hoopuni ana i ke karaunu, oia o “Kulia i ka Nuu.”

Wife of King Kalakaua.
Born at Hilo, Hawaii, on the 31st of December, 1834.
Died at Honolulu, Oahu, on the 24th of June, 1899.
64 Years, 5 Months, and 23 Days.
The motto encircling the crown is “Strive for the Summit.”]

[Queen Kapiolani did not proclaim, “Kulia i kahi hiki,” she said, “Kulia i ka nuu.”]

(Kuokoa, 11/27/1899, p. 5)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXXVIII, Helu 43, Aoao 5. Okatoba 27, 1899.

Explanation of abbreviations, 1906.



We publish in this column announcements of documents submitted for recording at the Recorder’s Office [Keena Kakau Kope] here in Honolulu, as well as the documents recorded there. However, in order for those who read this column to understand it, they will need to know first the abbreviations shown below: Continue reading