Shameful Exhibition.—On Saturday evening last, an exhibition of the hula dance was given at the Theater—the first of the kind ever publicly attempted here. After the dancing, some amateur minstrels sang, who are said to had performed very well. But the exhibition of the licentious native dance was about as beastly a performance as could be got up. We pity those who are so far lost to reason and humanity as to resort to such a public exhibitions for a livelihood, and trust the public will frown upon every attempt to popularize performances which no man or woman can witness without shame, or permit their children to witness.
(Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 9/25/1862, p. 3)