George Palakiko William Hookano celebrates his 71st birthday, 1920.

Ka Hoʻolauleʻa La Hanau no George Palakiko William Hookano
71st Birthday Party for George Hookano
by Thelma Chun, Hoolauleʻa Ukulele Club

The Hoolauleʻa Ukulele Club honored their Advisor-Instructor, “Uncle” George Palakiko William Hookano on his 71st birthday, The event was held on Saturday, January 19,1980, five days prior to his actual birthday. Continue reading

Olivia K. Nakea performs on KGU, 1930.

Quartet Sings Old Hymns of Hawaii For Leper Colony

A  program of sacred Hawaiian music will be heard through KGU this evening from 6:10 to 6:30. A mixed quartet under direction of Olivia Nakea will present the first of a series of  songs for “shut-ins” throughout the territory. Continue reading

Charles E. King critique of “modern” Hawaiian music, 1939.

King Says Hawaiians Ruining Island Music

Venerable Charles E. King, whose Song of the Islands is among the most widely known of all Hawaiian music, pulled no punches in a talk before the Hawaiian Civic club today on modern  day treatment of island songs.

“Hawaiian music,” said Mr. King, speaking at the club luncheon at the YWCA at noon, “is being murdered—and by Hawaiians.” Continue reading

Letter from Joseph Kekipi, 1916.

A Musical Band of Hawaiian Youths in America

Standing from the left: David Kaahili, Prince Jack Heleluhe, John Nakeleawe; Sitting below: Miss Amy Awai, Joseph K. Kekipi.

The photograph above, is of some Hawaiian youths that are travelling around America while working, singing and playing music. Their names are above, and they faces are familiar to Honolulu’s people. Continue reading

Death of Sam Ku West, 1930.


Sam Ku West of Honolulu, noted player of the guitar and harp, who is dead at Paris, France.


Honolulu Boy, Famed For Guitar and Harp Music, Succumbs To Long Illness

(Associated Press by Wireless)

PARIS, Sept. 9.—Sam Ku West, a Honolulu harp and guitar player, died Sunday in the American hospital here after a long illness. He was 23 years old. Continue reading

Solos on two steel guitars at the same time, 1928.


Sam Ku, professionally known in other parts of the world as Sam Ku West, and his accompanying artists will make their initial appearance in the Volcano City tonight at the New Palace theater in conjunction with the motion picture program featuring “Wallflowers.” Two and one half years ago, Sam left Honolulu, an unknown music boy for a tour of the Orient. Today he is back from New York as the only concert harpist of his race, acknowledged as one of the foremost steel guitar players of the world. His original idea of playing solos on two steel guitars at the same time, easily put him in a class by himself as a steel guitar artist. Continue reading

Sam Ku Company, 1928.

Farewell Twilight CONCERT

Dan Ku, Hiram Kaliko, “Princess” Maunu, George Kalani and Sam Ku

(quintette sailing for Paris on Taiyo Maru,  Sept 18)


Big New Program

Supported by Kamehameha Choir (22 voices) and Johnny Noble’s Orchestra

PRICES 75c, $1.00, $1.50  A FEW LOGES $1.00

(Advertiser, 9/11/1928, p. 6)


Honolulu Advertiser, 23rd Year, Number 14,927, Page 6. September 11, 1928.

Death of Daniel Akana Ku Jr. in San Francisco, 1964.

Hawaiian Trio Leader Passes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Funeral services will be held Wednesday for Daniel Ku, native of Hawaii and for years the leader of the luxury liner Lurline’s famed Hawaiian trio.

He died Sunday of cancer at the San Francisco Marine Hospital. He was 54. Continue reading