Commentary in response to the first Merrie Monarch Hula Competition, 1971.

Hula Contest

By LANAKILA’ BRANDT

I am writing as chief instructor of the Lanakila’ Brandt Dancers, a participating halau hula in the recent Miss Hula Hawaii Contest and its companion Group Competition, conducted as an adjunct to the 1971 Merry Monarch Festival.

I wish, first of all, to congratulate hula festival coordinator George Naope and his Committee for giving life to a most fervent wish often expressed over the years by the writer and many other hula people: Mahalo a-nui loa e ka Haku ame ke Komike! Continue reading

Rules established for Merrie Monarch Hula Competition, 1971.

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Miss Hula Hawaii Contest Scheduled

The Merry Monarch Festival Committee will conduct a special contest this year for Miss Hula Hawaii, coordinator George Naope has announced.

Contestants, he said, should be between the ages of 18 and 25 and unmarried. Continue reading

First hula competition at Merrie Monarch Festival, 1971.

Oahuans Dominate Festival Hula Dancing Competition

Three thousand persons watched for four and one-half hours Saturday night as some 360 of the best hula dancers in the Islands performed for the Merry Monarch.

The event, reminiscent of King Kalakaua’s 1883 hula-filled coronation, climaxed the five-day Merry Monarch Festival.

Aloha Wong of Kaneohe, Oahu won the title “Miss Hula Hawaii” at the glistening pageant. Continue reading

First hula competition at Merrie Monarch Festival? 1967.

Fifth Hula Festival Scheduled Friday

The Fifth Annual Hula Festival, sponsored by the Hawaii County Parks and Recreation Department, is scheduled Friday at 7:30 p.m., at Hilo Civic Auditorium.

The Hula Pageant, under the direction of Mrs. Piilani Nahiwa, will be held in conjunction with the Merry Monarch Festival and Pageant. Continue reading

The passing of Simeon Kiaaina Nuuhiwa, 1937.

S. Nuuhiwa, Famed Kauai Cowboy, Dies

SIMEON KIAAINA NUUHIWA

One more tie with the Islands’ colorful past was cut last week when 69-year-old Simeon Kiaaina Nuuhiwa, white-bearded old time cowboy of Kauai, died here. Continue reading

Ola! 2020.

[Found under: “Na Lani Hooulu Lahui Elua”]

Ia oe e Ka-La e alohi nei,
Ma na welelau o ka Honua,
E hai ae oe i kou kani,
I ka malamalama oikelakela,
Nau i noii nowelo aku,
Pau na pali paa i ka ikeia,
Ike oe i ka nani a o Himela,
I ka hene wai-olu lawe malie,
He mauna i lohia i ke onaona,
Kaulana i ka nani me ke kiekie,
Kiekie o Kalani noho mai luna,
Nau i a’e na kapu o Kahiki,
Hehihehi ku ana i ka huku ale,
I ke kai halai lana malie—
Kiinaia aku na Pae Moku—
A i hoa kuilima nou e Kalani,
Ma ia mau alanui malihini,
Au i olali hookahi ai,
O ke ao o ka lama kou kokua,
A o ka Hoku no kou alakai,
Lilo ai mea ole na enemi,
Lehelehe eueu hana lokoino,
E ola o Kalani a mau loa,
A kau i ke ao malamalama.

[Let’s take good care of one another, and ourselves as well! Be kind.]

(Kuokoa, 7/7/1899, p. 1)

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Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXXVIII, Helu 27, Aoao 1. Iulai 7, 1899.

Hula painting by Cogswell found in California, 1939.

Cogswell’s Model: J. T. Phillips, general manager of the Pacific Guano & Fertilizer Co., is anxious to know if the Hawaiian girl who posed for this painting by William Cogswell in 1892 is still living in Hawaii.—Star-Bulletin photo.

Rare Old Painting Found By Phillips in California

Another one of the works of William Cogswell, whose paintings of King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani are hung in Iolani palace, was discovered by J. T. Phillips, general manager of the Pacific Guano & Fertilizer Co., during his recent business trip to the coast. Continue reading