Big Luau To Mark Day Of Kamehameha
Kamehameha Day will be celebrated in Hilo by a big luau which is to be given by the road workers of the county at Mooheau park on Wednesday. It is expected that 500 persons will sit down to the Hawaiian feast. The country side is being scoured for delicacies to place before the guests and it is freely predicted that the luau will be the best ever seen in Hilo.
June 11 is always celebrated as Kamehameha Day, but students of Hawaiian history do not understand how the date was fixed, for Kamehameha was not born on that day and neither did he die on that date. The greatest Hawaiian king was born at Kokoiki, North Kohala, in November, 1736, and he passed away on May 8, 1819—just 100 years ago. How June 11 became the day to be recognized as the one upon which to honor the great chief cannot be guessed at, according to authorities on Hawaiian history.
At the luau on Wednesday there will be speeches made by prominent men and it is expected that there will be many haole speakers besides the Hawaiians.
In the morning the All Star baseball team will play a picked team made up from the three other clubs of the Hilo baseball league and the contest is expected to be a very interesting one, as it will give a line on how the Hilo men shape up when welded into a mixed outfit.
Preparations for the big luau are going ahead rapidly and given fine weather on Wednesday the affair should be a great success.
(Daily Post-Herald, 6/9/1919, p. 1)