79 years ago, Inter-Island Play Day for Women, 1937.

LOCAL GIRLS TO GO TO MOLOKAI

Under the leadership of Eliza K. Osorio and Irene K. Silva, directors of the Hilo Women’s Athletic association, 31 local girls will leave for Molokai this Sunday on the steamer to attend the fifth annual Inter-island Play Day of Women which will be held on Molokai on March 23, 24, and 25. The play festival was held two years in Hilo and a year ago on Maui.

Girls making the trip from Hilo are: Margaret Brown, Harriet Brown, Yok Lan Mehau, Christine Almeida, Pua Ho-a, Betty Watai, Elsie Watai, Mary Cootey, Virginia Asau, Margaret Kimi, [Napua] Harriet Stevens, Continue reading

Henry Nalaielua on KHBC, 1940.

Talking on KHBC

HANALE NALAIELUA

The one who will give short announcements when they air from the Naniloa Hotel on Saturday, December 21, during the entertainment in the program given by the Bohlings, and brought to you by the Hoku o Hawaii. Mr. Nalaielua will speak in “gibberish” (English) and the language pleasant to the ear to hear, that being our mother tongue, the Hawaiian language.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 12/18/1940, p. 1)

Kamailio ana ma ka KHBC

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXV, Number 34, Aoao 1. Dekemaba 18, 1940.

Aia i ka la’i ulalaeho, 1936.

NEW RADIO STATION MANAGER ARRIVES

Fred W. Ellers, chief engineer during the past eight years at station KYA, San Francisco, arrived in Hilo last week, with Mrs. Ellers and Winfield S. Hancock, to take charge of Hilo’s new radio station, KHBC.

The new station will open early next month. Mrs. Ellers will direct the programs. Mr. Hancock will be program announcer and will write the continuities. Additional personnel will be picked from local talent.

Ambitious local aspirants who wish to become radio stars will have the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities by reporting to the studio on Kalanianaole Drive.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 4/15/1936, p. 1)

NEW RADIO STATION MANAGER ARRIVES

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXVII, Number 39, Aoao 1. April 15, 1936.

Nora Rickard of Honokaa turns 90, 1938.

Mother Rickard Celebrates her birthday

MRS. RICKARD

On Sunday, March 6, “Mother” Nora Rickard of Honokaa celebrated her 90th birthday, after living until local on the Island of Keawe for 71 years. She was born in Devonshire, England, and left there when she was 19 years old and went to America on a sailboat travelling under Cape Horn [Kaipo Hone], a trip that took five months.

“Mother” Rickard is the first white woman who lived in Honokaa. She is still strong and spry, even if she is very old. Pertaining to her trip from England, she says: Continue reading

John Palimoo, Jr., steel guitarist on the radio, 1927.

ENTERTAINING THE MULTITUDES ON K. G. U., JOHN PALIMOO, JR.

He is a member of the Firemen’s Glee Club [Kalapu Himeni], the one who entertained the pubic many a time on K. K. U. [K. G. U.] recently, receiving acclaim because of his new way of playing on his guitar, making it sound like bells.

[Notice the first line on the right column. On occasion, there will be a misplaced line or section, especially in the later years of the newspapers, and the line that reads “le ai iloko o ka muliwai he ekolu” seems to be out of place.

Does anyone have any information on this steel guitar player, John Palimoo, Jr.?]

(Kuokoa, 9/8/1927, p.2)

HE MEA HOOHAUOLI MA KE K. G. U. I KA LEHULEHU, JOHN PALIMOO, JR.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXVI, Helu 35, Aoao 2. Sepatemaba 8, 1927.

More on the opening of KHBC, 1936.

NEW RADIO STATION MANAGER ARRIVES

Fred W. Eilers, chief engineer during the past eight years at station KYA, San Francisco, arrived in Hilo last week, with Mrs. Eilers and Winfield S. Hancock, to take charge of Hilo’s new radio station, KHBC.

The new station will open early next month. Mrs. Eilers will direct the programs. Mr. Hancock will be program announcer and will write the continuities. Additional personnel will be picked from local talent.

Ambitious local aspirants who wish to become radio stars will have the opportunity to demonstrate their ability by reporting to the studio on Kalanianaole Drive.

[Starting on February 4, 1936, the front page of Hoku o Hawaii (published in Hilo), was printed in English, and the following three pages were in Hawaiian.]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 4/15/1936, p. 1)

NEW RADIO STATION MANAGER ARRIVES

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXVII, Number 39, Page 1. April 15, 1936.

Beginning of KHBC, the famed radio station of Keaukaha, 1936.

The Radio Station, K.H.B.C. is Ready

Everyone talented in everything from Singing, Oli, Playing Instruments any type, and so forth, are invited to come to the radio broadcast station office in Keaukaha, K. H. B. C. The preparations for this begins on the afternoon of Monday, April 13, 1936.

The Station introduction goes, “K.H.B.C., Hilo, Hawaii, the Home of Pele.”

This Station will open on the first of May, therefore, we want these talented people to come to K. H. B. C. from now forth to prepare for the approaching first day of May.

[Vickie Ii Rodrigues’ famous composition, still heard today, begins: “Aia i ka la’i, ulalaeho; O Keaukaha la, ulalaeho; K. H. B. C., ulalaeho; Ka home a’o Pele, ulalaeho!” (There in the calm, ulalaeho; Of Keaukaha, ulalaeho; Is K. H. B. C., ulalaeho; The home of Pele, ulalaeho!)

I still recall my mom, who was born and raised in Ninole, saying that she used to listen to that station…]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 4/15/1936, p. 2)

Makaukau ka Hale Radio K. H. B. C.

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXVII, Number 39, Page 2. April 15, 1936.