Death of Emma Kaaikaula, 1920.



Solomon Hanohano, the Editor of the Kuokoa, Aloha kakou:—Please may your honor allow our sad bundle to latch on to the dainty cheeks of our pride, and may it announce to the public and to the family of this child about our beloved daughter leaving the two of us as well as her two brothers, four elder sisters, and two younger sisters, who are mourning for her in grief and sadness. Continue reading

“Nohea” and “Ka Ua Kilihune o Kona” being performed, 1920.

Band Concert

The Hawaiian Band will give a concert at 3 o’clock this afternoon in Kapiolani Park, the program for the occasion being the following:

Old Hundred

March—United Liberty, Losey
(a) Mystery, Johnson
(b) Starlight Love, Denni
Song—That Wonderful Mother of Mine, Gooding
Overture—William Tell, Rossini
Songs—Band Glee Club
(a) Nuuanu Waipuna, Major Kealakai
(b) Nohea, Queen Liliu
(c) Uluhua, Robert
(d) Ko Ua kilihune o kona [Ka Ua Kilihune o Kona], Queen Liliu
Clarinet Solo—Somnambula, Thornton
Waltz—Jolly Fellows, Vollstedt
Intermezzo—Elegante, Offenbach
March—Bright Eyes, Hoschna
Hawaii Ponoi
The Star Spangled Banner

(PCA, 12/12/1920, p. 3)

Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume LXIII, Number 12170, Page 3. December 12, 1920.

More mele, this time from Liliuokalani! 1920.



From within the various papers of the deceased Queen Liliuokalani, the Honorable H. L. Holstein, the executor of the deceased queen’s estate, found two mele which she composed herself, and which Honolulu’s people have not heard before; however, on the evening of this Sunday, the mele will be sung by the Royal Hawaiian Band [Bana Hawaii] outside of Kapiolani Park, under the direction of Mekia Kealakai.

The words of these compositions are profound, unlike most of the mele composed by other famous composers of Hawaii nei; this shows that there are but few people who are adept at composing mele like Queen Liliuokalani.

Being that Mekia Kealakai is one of those skilled at composing Hawaiian mele while he was a member of the Hui Kawaihau [Kawaihau Glee Club], there will be nothing lacking in his directing of the playing and singing of the Royal Hawaiian Band…

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Vital Statistics, 12/3/1920.


James R. Holt to Henrietta D. Dickson, Nov. 23.
Charles S. Pacheco to Hattie Ryan, Nov. 24.
Benjamin K. Kaapuni to Lily Kauau, Nov. 25.
John D. Costa to Margaret Carter, Nov. 26.
Jacob Kapuwai to Mary Hoomanawanui, Nov. 27.
Alexander Ahlo to Irene K. Isaac, Nov. 27.
R. E. Seagers to Angeline Kaku, Nov. 27. Continue reading

Stephen L. Desha reflects on the death of Stephen William Kekuewa, 1920.


Rev. Stephen William Kekuewa let go of this life at 4 o’clock in the afternoon of this past Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1920, and let go of this worldly life at the home of his beloved daughter, Mrs. John P. Kupua, on North School Street, in Honolulu. Continue reading