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Paper Star Lei.—We have seen men, women, and children greatly engrossed in decorating their hats with this kind of lei. These are the names we have heard, “the hooulu lahui lei of Kalakaua,” “the Astronomer lei,” and “paper star lei.” [The rest of this article is difficult to read because it seems a piece of tape covers over some of it.]
Old residents may recall the white paper star lei that was in vogue here in the ’70s, commemorating the Transit of Venus of 1874. They were appropriately called Hoku (star), and were made of stiff, white paper, forming many points, to convey the idea of scintillation. They were fashionable for some time, for hair or hat decoration, and were known to foreigners as Venus leis. [Excerpt from “Lei Still Play Important Part in Life of Hawaii as They Have from Antiquity” by Albert Pierce Taylor.]
SHERIFF DUKE P. KAHANAMOKU and Pacific Queen Nola Rose were greeted enthusiastically by the audience at the city hall Lei Day observance. Wearing a lei, hibiscus in her hair and a colorful print dress, the Australian blonde was a contrasting, yet harmonious note, in the ensemble of color and gaiety at the city hall.—Star-Bulletin photos.
There are about 34 cash prizes that will be awarded on Lei Day, running from $5.00 to $50.00 for the most beautiful lei entered by an individual in the contest. The exhibit will be held at Honolulu Hale, as was announced by the Lei Day committee. Continue reading →
Valued Relics Of Hawaiian Royalty Offered At Auction
Days of old Hawaii were brought to life yesterday morning when historical pieces of rare Hawaiian furniture, clothing, jewelry and ornaments belonging to the late Joseph K. Nawahi and the late Mrs. Emma A. Nawahi of Hilo were displayed and sold at auction at 1633 Nuuanu street. Valuable koa furniture, ancient leis made of feathers of extinct Island birds, tapas belonging to royalty and exquisite inlaid koa calabashes and cabinet articles were among the numerous varieties under the hammer. Continue reading →