Charles E. King’s “Prince of Hawaii,” 1925.


In the Liberty Theater, beginning on the night of the 4th of the coming month of May, until the 9th, shown will be an opera for the very first time, called the Prince of Hawaii, under the direction and management of Mr. C. E. King.

In this first opera of Hawaii nei, selected was Raymond Kinney, as the prince of Hawaii; Joseph Kamakau, the king; Rose Tribe, the queen; and Harriet Beamer, as the princess. Others who were selected are Judge John R. Desha and Johanna Wilcox. Continue reading


Albert Nahale-a entertains patients at Puumaile Hospital, 1945.


In the afternoon of Sunday, June 3, the Hula Studio of Albert Nahale-a [Pa Hula a Albert Nahale-a] arrived at the Puumaile Hospital to entertain the patients at that home.

It was heard that a Hula Studio would come to entertain the patients, and it was questioned, who was coming down, and in the afternoon of Saturday it was clear, the Hula Studio that was coming down.

A little before the clock struck 3:00 P. M., the bell to rise rang. The people got up and made ready for the arrival of the Hula Studio. Nahale-a’s people arrived, and a little bit after 3:00 P. M. the emcee announced that they were ready to start the activities. Continue reading

The Lei Ilima Glee Club, 1919.


To my dear torch of light, Solomon Hanohano, Esq., Aloha nui oe:—Please, patient captain, put the names of these officers in the Kuokoa Newspaper, the light that remains unextinguished in the Kauaula winds: Continue reading

John Smith, flautist for Kamehameha III, and land rights, 1904.



Enoch Johnson, as examiner of titles, is the author of an opinion filed in the Torrens Land Court to the effect that one John Smith, a negro flute-player for Kamehameha III was owner of a valuable piece of land on Young street, for which application was made for a Torrens title by C. M. Cooke, Limited. As the negro got the California gold fever and left, disappearing and leaving no heirs, Johnson comes to the conclusion that the property reverts to the Territory. Judge Weaver, however, differs, from this opinion and holds that the petitioner is entitled to a clear title.

The land was granted to the flute-player by Royal Patent 26, on July 17, 1847, by King Kamehameha III. Twenty-five years ago it was used as a pasture land, in the old days when its value was a mere trifle. It is now residence property. When the gold fever broke out in California flute-player Smith gave up both his job as a royal musician and his land near what then was of Honolulu then and left with some other negroes for California. He has never been heard of since and adverse possession has long since run against him or his heirs.

Enoch Johnson, however declares in his report to the court that adverse possession does not run against the government and that the law provides that property left without heirs shall escheat to the government. Here he holds that the Attorney General should be notified and that Smith’s “estate” is escheated to the government.

“I have to disagree with the conclusions of law set forth in the opinion” says Judge Weaver in his decision filed yesterda. “I am of the opinion that the applicant shows a prima facie case of title. The Territory of Hawaii has no title in the lands by reason of the law of escheat, for the reason that no ‘inquest of office’ has been had to take possession of the land. The abstract of title shows that the applicant is entitled to a fee simple title subject to a life interest in C. M. Cooke and his wife, Anna C. Cooke, as set forth in their deed to Charles M. Cooke, Limited.”

(Hawaiian Star, 6/23/1904, p. 8)


The Hawaiian Star, Volume XII, Number 3824, Page 8. June 23, 1904.

Great choral competition a hundred years ago, 1916.


At the Hilo Armory [Halekoa o Hilo], before a truly huge audience reaching nearly a thousand people, an Archipelago-wide song contest between different Choirs [Puali Himeni] from the different Islands was held. They showed their great proficiency taught to them by the Leaders of the different Choirs. The crowd who attended this big gathering was really entertained. Each group sang two songs, that being the song chosen for the competition and another outside of that song. After the singing, the Judges conferred over the decision, and when the decision of the Judging Committee was announced, they gave the championship to the Choir of Molokai, the group that took the banner for the two previous years, and the banner went to them for all times. The percentages announced by the Committee before the crowd was this: Molokai, 91 percent; Haili, 88 percent; Kauai, 81 percent; West Hawaii, 76 percent; and Maui, 61 percent. Some of the Committee told us that the reason Haili lost the competition was not because their singing was not fine, but because of the apparent exhaustion on their faces, being that good appearance while singing is a big part of the scoring.

The crowd that came in the large audience could understand the reason for that exhaustion, being that some of those singers came from the banquet table, and they were attendants for the guests of the Hawaiian Evangelical Conference [Aha Paeaina]. That the banner was not taken by those of Haili is not something to kick them for, and the decision of the Judging Committee was appreciated with good feelings. This was an entertaining concert, and the performances of the Hawaiian Singers was much appreciated. The proceeds from that gathering was $400.50.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 7/13/1916, p. 2)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii,  Buke 11, Helu 6, Aoao 2. Iulai 13, 1916.

“What always carries the crowd away,” 1893 / today / forevermore.


What Always Carries the Crowd Away.

The patriotic song, “Kaulana na Pua o Hawaii,” composed and sung by the Hawaiian National Band at their concerts, has been put into English by “Makee Aupuni”:

Standing by our native land
Are we sons of Hawaii nei,
Daring a false and treacherous band,
Whose minions come from o’er the sea.

Responds our hearts from isle to isle,
Resolved to die before we yield,
Our ancient birthright ne’er defile,
We’ll spill our blood on freedom’s shield.

Responds Hawaii of Keawe
To farthest sands of green Mano,
Piilani’s land, and Kakuhihewa’s sand,
Shall witness that we face the foe. Continue reading