Hawaiians abroad and more criticism of the hula group I posted articles about a couple weeks ago, 1862.

[Found under: “Na Palapala.”]

A Letter


O Editor: From when I arrived here in California, I met with a few Hawaiians who I thought were here in California. And perhaps their friends will not fail to be happy to hear about them.

The first is William Kanui [Wiliama Kanui]. I wrote about him in the Hoku Loa some weeks ago. He is one who came back from Boston with Bingham folks in the year 1820. He arrived in California in the year 1849. He sought after money and he found it, and it disappeared once more. He lives as a Christian in California. In the past rainy season, he was very ill, and is a little better now; however, he is weakly because of his age. His hair is very gray, and his skin is fair from just living like a haole. He very much cannot fend for himself, and he is cared for by the Christian friends of the Bethel of Sacramento in San Francisco, in all his needs.

2. Kimo, from Lahaina; he lives in San Francisco. He came here when I sailed here in December. He came with Dr. White, the one who went on all the way to the Eastern States; however, he is returning to live in San Francisco. I think Kimo is progressing in his English, but he is a little better at conversing from when he left Hawaii.

3. At Santa Rosa, 60 miles to the North of San Francisco, my younger brother Theodore met with a Hawaiian boy, but I did not get his name. He works as a waiter aboard ships that constantly sail between San Francisco. His last trip was on the Comet, in the month of June, in 1861. This is his job in a shop, he is a shop keeper for a shaving establishment, and there is all sorts of work to be done there.

4. John M. Kailipahee [Ioane M. Kailipahee], is living with Rev. T. E. Taylor [Tela], in Columbia, in this state. He came from Kailua, Hawaii, Feb. 1861, with Mrs. Taylor, the eldest daughter of Mr. Thurston [Tatina], his wife is in Kahului. And because his stay with Taylor is over, therefore, perhaps he will return to Hawaii on the first ship headed there. Mr. Taylor want him very much to remain, but doesn’t not think it right to detain him, and lengthen his stay away from his family and the religious right of Hawaii.

5. Some Hawaiians came here to San Francisco, maybe 3 women and five men, some weeks past. They came to show Hula to these enlightened people. They perhaps came in search of money, by showing off their Naked bodies, and their dirty acts and talk. I am glad to hear that they are dancing in very worthless establishments because there are many people who desire righteousness in this Town of frivolity loving people of California.

I heard that one night while they were dancing, all the prostitutes of San Francisco came to watch them; those are the people who desire that kind of thing; however, when they saw it, they were quick to leave, because of the truly filthy nature of the things being done. O People of Hawaii, the people that were pulled far away from living in stupidity by the grace of god, why do you come to a learned land and go about defiling yourself for a paltry sum of money? I am happy that these folks will be overwhelmed by the lack of those who are interested, so that they will not repeat this; but I know there are many in this learned land that greatly desire those foolish acts.

My younger brother, Theodore went on horseback yesterday to look for Hawaiians living near Coloma. I hope that they will soon declare themselves and become subscribers of your fine paper, the Kuokoa.

I am going around this state of California, preaching to the adults and the small children; from the Archipelagoes of the Pacific, and the majority  are Micronesians. They very much want it, and I am hopeful that Micronesia will get a lot of help.

From  me, Dr. Gulick
Stockton, April 24, 1862.

(Kuokoa, 6/21/1862, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke I, Helu 30, Aoao 2. Iune 21, 1862.

1 thought on “Hawaiians abroad and more criticism of the hula group I posted articles about a couple weeks ago, 1862.

  1. I am intrigued by the musical bands battling in Europe from 1890’s to 1930’s…
    very cool.
    I tried to research Kanui and Lula.
    A natove Hawaiian married to a Scandinavian woman. Their act would be something to see.. wish someone had film on the shows.
    Their rendition of Tomi Tomi ( girl with wide hips ? ) and Oua Oua and awesome. He had talent.

    Weird or seems a shame anothe William ” Bill ” Kanui makes researching the couples performances muddied.

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