Hawaiian Halloween in LA, 1937.

WAIKIKI

Commencing
Saturday, Oct. 30

HAWAIIAN HALLOWE’EN
CELEBRATION–for 7 Days
–as in The Islands!

SOL HOOPII’S Orchestra

LENA MACHADO
PRINCE LEI LANI

ALOHA KAIMI Arrives from Honolulu to Join TANI MARSH in Interpretive Hulas!

NO COVER CHARGE

Hawaiian, Chinese and American
Cuisine — Special

DINNER SATURDAY $2.50
All Other Times $1.50

LA BREA AT BEVERLY               York 8183

Try a Poi Cocktail at “Noa-Noa”

(LA Times, 10/30/1937, p. 5)

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Los Angeles Times, Volume LVI. October 30, 1937, p. 5.

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Hilo’s Kauihealani Mahikoa Brandt, Jack Brandt, and Teitu Kameenui, 1960.

Hilo’s Huladynamic Kaui Brandt

A pencil sketch from the notebook of associate instructor Teitu Kameenui shows Kaui Brandt doing one of her Polynesian dances

“Hula entrepreneur instructor, troupe leader, featured dancer and vocalist, sometimes disc jockey, plus full-time wife and mother of two healthy children”—gives a fairly accurate thumbnail description of Hilo’s Kauihealani Mahikoa Brandt, better known as “Kaui.”

In partnership with her husband Jack, this vivacious hapa-Hawaiian has upended the Big Island’s hula business, punched and pulled much of it into a shape of her own design and presented malihini and kamaaina with a variety of Polynesian entertainment sparkling with color, excitement, speed and imagination

At 27, with some 14 years as student, amateur and professional performer, producer and instructor, Kaui stands near the top of her profession.

She hastens to point out that she has not reached her ultimate goal, but nevertheless, Kaui commands a position not usually enjoyed by so young a Kumu Hula (hula director). Continue reading

Tom Hiona opens halau, 1947.

TOM HIONA

WELL KNOWN TEACHER Of Hula to Open Studio on March 1

One of Hawaii’s best known teachers of the hula and directors of hula dancing, Tom Hiona, will open a new studio March 1. the studio is located at 1914 Kahai St., Kalihi.

For the past 15 years, Tom Hiona has been a leader in teaching both ancient and modern hula dances. He will instruct classes in all types of hula, including the following—pahu or drum dances, the olapa, uliuli or rattle gourd, puili or bamboo, iliili or pebble, ka kalaau or tapping sticks as well as modern dances. Continue reading

Hula program by Iolani Luahine, “beginning of a renaissance”.

Iolani Luahine Recreates Poetry Of Old Hawaii in Hula Recital

Iolani Luahine, premier exponent of the ancient hula, was presented to a capacity of audience at Mabel Smyth auditorium Tuesday night in  a program which might well prove to be the beginning of a renaissance for the rhythmic interpretative dances of the early Hawaiians.

The program will be repeated tonight.

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The large audience was deeply impressed and fascinated by the charm, subtlety, variety and ever changing color and mood of the dances.

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Atmosphere of the primitive in the Hawaiian people was greatly enhanced by the capable manipulation of the drum, gourd, conch-shell and other simple stage effects.

In this Lokalia Montgomery continuously supporter the soloist, and revealed an artistry worthy of the best exponents of these effects.

Kawena Pukui was the excellent narrator. Continue reading