Pan-Pacific Club promotes the ukulele, 1916.


Plans to Co-operate With Promotion Committee To Put Instrument Where It Belongs


Quality and Output In Large Numbers Urged To Compete With Manufacturers In States

The Hawaiian ukulele in all its parts was one of the first exhibits of home manufacture to be sent to the Pan-Pacific industrial museum, and the Pan-Pacific Club is now co-operating with the promotion committee to put the Hawaiian ukulele where it belongs in the mainland. The promotion committee has received severe criticism from leading music houses in the mainland, setting forth the advantages of machine-made koa ukuleles manufactured in the mainland from Hawaiian wood, and insinuating that the hand made ukuleles of Hawaii might be greatly improved if up-to-date methods and machinery were used under the supervision of instrumental specialists from the mainland. They point out that as many thousands of ukuleles are sold every month now throughout America, and the little Hawaiian instrument has become recognized and a permanent place made for it, it might be well for the Hawaiian manufacturers to get together and pull together.

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Jonah Kumalae gets contract to supply 250 ukulele per month, 1915.


From the news heard from San Francisco, the stringed instrument, the ukulele, is greatly desired all over America because thousands of visitors at the exposition at San Francisco saw and heard for themselves the ukulele being played.

Jonah Kumalae earlier had a contract to supply two hundred fifty ukulele a month to a company selling the musical instruments in San Francisco, but now the number has been increased to five hundred ukulele per month.

Because some people really wanted to see an ukulele being played, they requested to be taught to play that stringed instrument, and Kailimai was the one who provided instruction to some people. Continue reading

Honolulu on the big screen, 1915.

Movie of Honolulu Town.

Midday this past Monday, just as was announced some days ago, people crowded Hotel, Fort, King, and Bishop streets hoping to get their images in a movie of Honolulu which will be taken to the coming Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco.

These places were just full of people and cars, pushing each other in their hope to get into a good place to be filmed; but there were many who were disappointed because they stood on the side of that camera that had no lens. Some chased after from Hotel, Fort, King, until Bishop streets. Continue reading

Hawaii at the Great London Exposition, 1862.

The Sandwich Islands.—During the last few days a stall has been fitted up near the department of the Ionian Islands which represents the latest and most distant echo in response to the invitation given to all nations and peoples to exhibit their natural and artificial products under the domes of South Kensington. The Hawaiian, or, as they are better known, the Sandwich Islands, were unrepresented in 1851, owing to the collection made there not reaching England till the Exhibition had finally closed, the voyage by a sailing vessel occupying five or six months. This year a similar fate threatened this remote group in the Pacific, and it seemed likely that the name of Hawaii would only be known in connexion with the International Exhibition of 1862 by a pair of silk banners in the nave, and a foreign commissioner with nothing to do. Continue reading

Hawaii at the Paris International Exposition, 1867.


Hawaiian things.

The government and some of our people have sent some items to display in that building from Hawaii. These are some of the things sent and that are being seen by those going there from all the different races of the world: The newspapers “Hae Hawaii,” “Hawaiian Gazette,” “Polynesian,” “Ke Kuokoa,” and some other papers. All of the books being taught in the public schools; those being the Kumumua, Helu Kamalii, Helunaau, Huinahelu, Hoikehonua, Palapala-aina, Anahonua, Ao Kiko. Other books—Ka Moolelo Hawaii, Moolelo Ekaleisa, Ka Hele Malihini ana, Ui no ke Akua, Ka Himeni Hawaii, Ke Kauoha Hou. There are items handcrafted in Hawaii nei: An ahuula made of oo feathers, some bird feather lei, two small canoes, a patterned mat [moena pawehe] from Niihau, some wooden kapa printers [? laau kakau kapa], a kapa paupau, some volcanic rocks, sulfur [kukae pele], and Pele’s hair. Other things are sugar, rice, pia, kou wood, koa, and some other items.

The Value of this Exhibition.

It may be asked, what is the value of this great exhibition in Paris of things made in all the lands? In our minds, this is the what is gained—the intermingling of the different lahui. Seeing the abilities and intelligence of others is something that will carry you higher. Meeting amicably is something that will end disputes and grudges and war. The getting together and associating with each other is something that will foster aloha.

It is as if Paris is a house of welcome or a hotel these past months, where people of all ethnicities meet. Their languages are different, but through the work they displayed to each other at the exhibition hall, the nature of each other will be seen. In this exhibition, it will be seen that the nations that know the word of God are much more advanced than those that do not.

(Alaula, 9/1867, p. 22)

Na mea o Hawaii nei.

Ke Alaula, Buke II, Helu 6, Aoao 22. Sepatemaba 1867.

Pineapple at the expo in Seattle, 1909.


There is much desire for hala kahiki from Hawaii at the exposition being held in Seattle, because on the ship that just left Honolulu for San Francisco, five-hundred boxes of pineapple is being sent to be sold at the show grounds.

One hundred pineapples are being sold on the average each day, but it is believed that not everyone visiting has tasted the pineapple from Hawaii; and if they receive those added boxes of pineapple, it will supply the visitors for a good amount of time.

This great taking to of the pineapples from Hawaii at Seattle has become something for the pineapple planters to rejoice about, because they feel that that is the one place where people from all over the world can see the quality and the affordability of the pineapples of Hawaii which is foremost above the pineapples of other places.

From now on, the pineapple planters will prepare for orders, and they are able to supply large amounts of pineapples that will be desired.

(Kuokoa, 6/25/1909, p. 5)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLVI, Helu 26, Aoao 5. Iune 25, 1909.

More on the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Expo, 1909.


—Advertiser Photo.

Miss M. Mondon  Miss Pauline Evans  Miss Irene Boyd

Mrs. Charles Siemsen  Mrs. Will Cooper  Miss Wattie Holt

It was aboard the steamship Almeda which left on Wednesday that these girls of Honolulu, as shown above in the picture, to go to the exposition being held in Seattle.

They went to go  view the various displays of Hawaii nei sent there to show the world some things from Hawaii nei, the place called the Paradise of the Pacific.

Before their leaving of the beloved community of Hawaii nei, there was held an audience with them along with a party at the residence of Governor Frear on the afternoon of this Tuesday.

They left under the care of Mrs. Will Cooper, and being that Mrs. Knudsen is already at the exposition ground, she will be the kamaaina there who will welcome these girls when they get there.

[See how much clearer the digital image available on Chronicling America is of the same picture in the Pacific Commercial Advertiser from the front page of 5/26/1909. Hopefully someday soon we will be able to rescan all of the Hawaiian-Language Newspapers to get the clearest images of not only the pictures, but of the text, so everything is clearly legible!]

(Kuokoa, 5/28/1909, p. 1)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLVI, Helu 22, Aoao 1. Mei 28, 1909.

Hawaiians at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, 1909.

Check out this picture and more from the Hawaii delegation at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, online at the University of Washington Digital Collections site!

Hawaiian officials, hostesses, and musicians in front of the Hawaii Building, Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, Seattle, August 5, 1909.