George Makalena and others with the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show want to come home, 1899.

Hawaiian Rough Riders

Four of the Hawaiians who were with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show are at San Francisco rooming in a big building opposite the Occidental on Montgomery. The boys, who hope to get off for home by Manoa, are: K. Nakea, Hoapili, Kipi and Makalena. Continue reading

Olivia K. Nakea performs on KGU, 1930.

Quartet Sings Old Hymns of Hawaii For Leper Colony

A  program of sacred Hawaiian music will be heard through KGU this evening from 6:10 to 6:30. A mixed quartet under direction of Olivia Nakea will present the first of a series of  songs for “shut-ins” throughout the territory. Continue reading

Charles E. King critique of “modern” Hawaiian music, 1939.

King Says Hawaiians Ruining Island Music

Venerable Charles E. King, whose Song of the Islands is among the most widely known of all Hawaiian music, pulled no punches in a talk before the Hawaiian Civic club today on modern  day treatment of island songs.

“Hawaiian music,” said Mr. King, speaking at the club luncheon at the YWCA at noon, “is being murdered—and by Hawaiians.” Continue reading

Kawaihau Glee Club, 1905.

HUI HIMENI KAWAIHAU.

The Kawaihau Glee Club will give a free concert at the Emma Square musical assembly this Tuesday, April 3. There will be performed enthusiastically, songs recently composed by Mekia Kealakai, Jim  Shaw and Solomon Hiram, some of the experts of that famous glee club from the time of the Monarchy. They will be fully attired in their uniform that they wore when they travelled the length and breadth of America. For the benefit of the lovers of songs of the Aloha Aina newspaper, we are printing those heart-grabbing songs that will be played that night. Continue reading

Letter from Joseph Kekipi, 1916.

A Musical Band of Hawaiian Youths in America

Standing from the left: David Kaahili, Prince Jack Heleluhe, John Nakeleawe; Sitting below: Miss Amy Awai, Joseph K. Kekipi.

The photograph above, is of some Hawaiian youths that are travelling around America while working, singing and playing music. Their names are above, and they faces are familiar to Honolulu’s people. Continue reading

Death of Sam Ku West, 1930.

DIES IN PARIS

Sam Ku West of Honolulu, noted player of the guitar and harp, who is dead at Paris, France.

SAM KU WEST, HAWAII HARPIST, DIES IN FRANCE

Honolulu Boy, Famed For Guitar and Harp Music, Succumbs To Long Illness

(Associated Press by Wireless)

PARIS, Sept. 9.—Sam Ku West, a Honolulu harp and guitar player, died Sunday in the American hospital here after a long illness. He was 23 years old. Continue reading