Music That Has Swept Country, 1916.

To Play Music That Has Swept Country

Major Kealaka [Major Kealakai] of Royal Hawaiians at Star Theater “First Half.”

(Munice Sunday Star, 9/17/1916, Second Section, p. 3)


The Munice Sunday Star, Volume 39, p. 142, Second Section, Page 3. September 17, 1916.

Kawaihau Glee Club, 1905.


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

Solos on two steel guitars at the same time, 1928.


Sam Ku, professionally known in other parts of the world as Sam Ku West, and his accompanying artists will make their initial appearance in the Volcano City tonight at the New Palace theater in conjunction with the motion picture program featuring “Wallflowers.” Two and one half years ago, Sam left Honolulu, an unknown music boy for a tour of the Orient. Today he is back from New York as the only concert harpist of his race, acknowledged as one of the foremost steel guitar players of the world. His original idea of playing solos on two steel guitars at the same time, easily put him in a class by himself as a steel guitar artist. Continue reading

Death of Daniel Akana Ku Jr. in San Francisco, 1964.

Hawaiian Trio Leader Passes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Funeral services will be held Wednesday for Daniel Ku, native of Hawaii and for years the leader of the luxury liner Lurline’s famed Hawaiian trio.

He died Sunday of cancer at the San Francisco Marine Hospital. He was 54. Continue reading

Diamond Kekona writes home from England, 1919.

Letter from Italy

My dear sister, Mrs. George Lonohiwa.

Much love between us. I have time to write letters to you and to Papa Kekona. I am in fine health, and so are my British mates in the battalion. And I am confirming that each of you all are in good health. On December 25, 1918, was the birthday of the Child of almighty God, and it was a day of rejoicing for the whole world. We celebrated that day with joy and peace; there was all sorts of food brought in by the nation of [line illegible because of what appears to be a fold in the paper] from all over Europe; we ate to our fill. There was but one thing not seen on our dining table; there was no poi and fresh fish, and other Hawaiian foods like limu kohu. I was craving poi and the other things I wrote to you, sister. Here is some news: the soldiers are being released to go home, and I think that our regiment will return within the next months. And if I go back and am released from service, then I hope to return to Hawaii, should the Heavenly Father assent. Amen. Give my aloha to brother-in-law, George W. Lonohiwa, kuku Makalohi, Joseph and August Kekona, and papa Kekona, and the rest of my aloha goes to our Hawaiian people.

Send my letters to my home, 143 Baxter Ave., Kidderminister, England.

Aloha kaua,

Diamond Kekona.

(Aloha Aina, 3/8/1919, p. 2)

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Letter pertaining to plight of William Kanui, 1863.

Pertaining to  William Tennoee [William Tenoee] Alias Kanui.

We heard from Rev. S. C. Damon, the Pastor at the Bethel Church [ka Halepule Betela] at Polelewa, Honolulu, that he received a letter from San Francisco, pertaining to the old Hawaiian that is living in that city, that being the one named above, and he is living there in severe poverty and in difficulty. Kanui has been living in foreign lands since a long time ago, perhaps more than fifty years. Continue reading

Hiram R. Nalau writes from California, 1863.

A Letter from California.

O Kuokoa Newspaper; Aloha kaua:

As you passed by and entered my home in this land where I am living as a malihini, and I gazed to see the wealth contained in your patient bowels, and the freight you carried from our land of birth, and I saw and was appreciative, and my eyes were satiated seeing, and my ears were full from listening. Continue reading