Kamoamoa Hula, for the surf spot on Niihau, 1928.

Ka Moamoa Hula

He mele he inoa no ka hui nalu
Haulani ma ke kai o Kamoamoa
Alawa ae oe ani ka makani
Moae kaulana o Kawaihoa
E aha ia ana kauaheahe
Me haaheo i ka ili o ke kai
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Kapu called by kumu hula, 2020.

Seeing the call put out yesterday reminded me of the words of Queen Liliuokalani in her, “Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen,” where she looks back on the quarantine of 1881. I trust we will be able to look back some day with similar feelings of accomplishments.

…and whatever the inconveniences it became necessary at all hazards to prevent its spread

Singers from Hawaiia, 1920.

SIX OF HAWAII’S FINEST MUSICIANS COMING HERE FROM ISLANDS TO PRESERVE MUSICAL IDEALS OF NATIVE LAND

Hand-Picked Company of Native Musicians in the Islands Chosen for Long Tour in United States and Canada During Present Summer—Sailed May 19th from Honolulu with Mildred Leo Clemens

Mildred Leo Clemone and Her Native Hawaiians of the Famous Waikiki Beach, April, 1920

Six of the finest native musicians in all the Hawaiian Islands sailed from Honolulu on May 19th on the steamship “Maui,” to fill their first American engagement. They will appear on the Colt Alber Premier circuit in Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio. Continue reading

Spreading Hawaiian music and dance in America and Canada, 1920.

WILL ADVERTISE HAWAII THROUGHOUT STATES

Mildred Lee Clemens and her company of Hawaiian musicians and dancers who will sail with her on the S. S. Maui, May 19, and appear on the Colt-Alber Chautauqua Premier Circuit of the Atlantis coast and Canada, beginning June 10.

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Ioane Ukeke competes against the Chinese, 1880

COMPETITION OF HAWAIIAN ENTERTAINMENTS

AND

Chinese Entertainments from China!

TO BE UNVEILED

THIS SATURDAY EVENING,

AT THE

CHINESE THEATER (HALE KEAKA PAKE).

IOANE UKEKE will put up Hawaiian Theatrics against the Chinese Thespians, and he will perform these mele with the intent he will prevail with those entertainments, they being the ones below:

Hula Paipu,
Hula Kalaau,
Hula Kui, Continue reading

Response to “uneducated Haole in the art of Hula,” 1971.

Readers Forum

Hula Festival

Editor, The Tribune-Herald:

The obviously sincere, and marvelously “uneducated Haole in the art of Hula” who took me to task (Readers Forum 5/9) should spend a little time in research and study before he seeks to comment on anything connected with the Hawaiian culture. However:

1—I did sincerely regret the time necessary to tune my guitar; my 3-year old had, apparently, been ‘helping’ me tune just prior to our performance; Continue reading

The empty gourd sounds the loudest, 1971.

Readers Forum

Hula Contest Judging

Editor, The Tribune-Herald:

This is the first time I have written a letter to the editor of any newspaper.

Just couldn’t resist Mr. Lanakila Brandt’s invitation in his letter to you about a Hula Contest, seeking a rebuttal or an augmentive comment.

Have neither to offer, but do have a comment:

How could he or anyone question the integrity of the judges made up of Masters of the Hula, such as Mrs. Lokalia Montgomery and Miss Iolani Luahine. Continue reading