Kamehameha School for Boys’ 24th annual song contest, 1945.

[Found under: “News From Boys, Girls Kamehameha School”]


Kamehameha School for Boys will present its 24 annual song contest on March 4 at the school auditorium with the eighth and ninth graders competing in the junior division at the tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade boys in the senior division.

The eighth graders have as their choice song “Beautiful Kahana” and the ninth graders choice is “Ka Anoi.” The juniors have selected “Wai Lana” and the tenth grade boys a medley of “Kuu Lei Pikake,” “Lei Awapuhi” and “Roselani.” A medley of “Na Lei O Hawaii” and “Aloha Oe” is the seniors choice. Continue reading

“Kaai’s Hawaiians” on TROVE, 1928.


Kaaiʻs Hawaiians, who will open at the Garden Theatre on March 3, have recently concluded a season of 120 nights in Sydney. They include the Moana Jazz Four, who were specially engaged at the Wembley Exhibition. The head of the company is Ernest Kaai, the composer of   “Aloha oe,” which is virtally the Hawaiiian national anthem. He has written and opera, which was successfully pro…

Miss Tuavivi Greig

…duced in London, and he has his own publishing house and an intsruments factory. The combination has been touring the world since 1906. There are nine men   and six women in the company, and there is every possibility that Queenie and   David Kaili, who are we know here, will join them for the Adelaide season. Tuavivi,   who is a member of the company, is a noted hula dancer.

[This comes from an Adelaide, South Australia newspaper, found on the National Library of Australia webside, TROVE. It seems unclear newspaper images is not something limited to Hawaii nei. However, at least the text on that site is correctable.]

(Advertiser, 2/23/1923, p. 11)


The Advertiser, Volume LXX, Number 21645, Page 11. February 23, 1928.

More on “Prince,” 1924.

The Songs of “Prince” Lei Lani Were Just Beautiful

His Falsetto Voice Was Heard at the Concerts He Gave in the Liberty Theater Last Week.

The concerts given by E. K. Rose, known by the stage name “Prince” Lei Lani [Leilani], in the Liberty Theater on the nights of Friday and Saturday, and the afternoon of Saturday of this past week, those were some of the most beautiful concerts, filling all those who attended with delight at hearing in person, the singing voice of this musician of Hawaii nei.

Amongst all of the people who attended to hear his concerts, they said but one thing; that being of their appreciation and desire, not just for all of the different mele sung, but for the loveliness and beauty of his voice, showing that within him are the high talents for which all Hawaiians have pride in him.

For the first time, Honolulu’s people heard singing live along with a phonograph [pahuolelo], auwe, if people weren’t clear about who the singer was on the phonograph, this lack of clarity was put to an end by them hearing the real “Prince” Lei Lani’s voice, being that they were the same in every way.

While the phonograph was playing a song called “Pua Sadinia,” “Prince” Lei Lani sang it in Alto, and it sounded beautiful. “Aloha Oe” was another number played on the phonograph while he sang in alto.

The local singers pale in haole songs, and cannot match the high range of his voice along with the modulation, and yodeling; there is no match, like the voice of a bird.

There was one unfortunate thing in the concert, that was that it was not filled, for there are not many concerts of this sort put on here in Honolulu that are as beautiful.

“Prince” Lei Lani will spend a number of months here in Hawaii nei before turning back to return to America to sing, and while he is here, he will be giving many concerts. He’ll be going to Kauai to perform concerts there, and Kauai’s people are planning a reception for him with excitement.

Other than to sing, he is returning to America, taking with him many photographs of all sorts of places here in Hawaii nei, scenes showing the people of America that Hawaii is a lovely place full of intelligence; not as was shown by some people using ridiculing pictures, saying that Hawaii is in the dark of pagan times.

[I wonder where the pictures ridiculing Hawaii were printed, and who it was that did it.

The internet is pretty amazing. Some ninety years later, we can hear Prince Lei Lani singing “Pua Sadinia” and “Aloha Oe”! Mahalo to cdbpdx for putting it up on youtube!!]

(Kuokoa, 4/10/1924, p. 1)

Nui Ka Nani o Na Mele A Ka "Prince" Lei Lani

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXIII, Helu 15, Aoao 1. Aperila 10, 1924.

Liliuokalani’s “Aloha Oe,” 1929.

The True Story of “Aloha Oe”

As everyone starts to donate their dollar for the building of a memorial to this famous song composed by Queen Liliuokalani, perhaps it is well to speak about some of the information on the origins of this song, the beginnings of the penning of the lyrics, and it being set to music.

The monument was proposed to be the words in Hawaiian stone that would stand close to the first home of Queen Liliuokalani, now lived in by the Governor of Hawaii.

Now, some intimate with the Queen in days past, and travelling companions of the Queen when they were young, have spoken. This is the story that was told, and it was published in the paper or book called the “Paradise of the Pacific:

In 1878 [1877?], when Kalakaua reigned, and his sister was but a princess and heir to the throne, she travelled to the Koolau side, to well-known Waimanalo. With her was Likelike, Kale Wilikina, Mr. Boyd, and many attendants.

They travelled by horse on horse trail; this was a bad trail.

They arrived at their destination and spent several days there. They spent some days at some friends of the alii, and were welcomed with great gaiety.

Just as the with the kupuna of old, they were welcomed. A feast was laid out by the friends of this home which the alii were visiting.

When were making ready to return to Honolulu, lei of all kinds of flowers were placed about their necks, as was a custom amongst Hawaiians. They were adorned with flower lei, not like the paper lei popular during the time of this article.

When they all were going from the house to exit the estate, they saw one person fall back, and another lei was placed about the neck of the one at the entrance of the yard.

When this beautiful Hawaiian girl was seen giving a lei to the one leaving it also was seen her being embraced.

Because Princess Liliuokalani witnessed this scene, she was overjoyed. While they were headed back to Honolulu, she started to hum a melody, while being full of emotion over what she had seen.

The one next to Liliu heard her humming, and was curious, and asked what she was humming, as it reminded her of an old song. That song was “Rock Beside the Sea” [Pohaku ma ka Lihikai].

When they each returned to their homes, the Queen returned to hers, where she finished this song.
“One embrace” is charming for what was seen at the gateway–one person of their party tarrying as that beautiful young girl hugged the one on horseback.

As was said by the kupuna of yore, mele are composed while travelling, if something that catches ones eye is seen.

Our alii mother, Kamehaokalani Kane was a composer in her lifetime who made songs on horseback. Some of her compositions were well sung back in her time.

This is something written in the book known as the “Paradise of the Pacific.”

[As found in the “Paradise of the Pacific,” 42 (4): 31, 1929; 42 (10): 9, 1929.]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 4/23/1929, p. 2)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke XXII, Helu 45, Aoao 2. Aperila 23, 1929.

Francis Brown and William Noble honored in France, 1919.

The Song “Aloha Oe” is Heard in the Lands of France When Hawaiian Sons are Decorated with Honorary Medals.

[This is one of the articles from the page shown in the previous post, and you can see that the left column is mostly illegible. I can make out phrases like “the river Seine,” “gathered,” “American troops,” “General Petain,” “William K. Wells,” “Bwen,” “for their bravery,” “Noble of Honolulu”…]

…the cheeks of these boys, like what is customary of the French military; and that is when you immediately heard the song “Aloha Oe.”

And the crowd was awestruck as their fellow platoon members were watching attentively at what was being performed upon these Hawaiian boys.

And these Hawaiians became something great amongst their platoon, and then the band played French nationalistic songs.

These boys received much happiness, and so too did their families living here in Hawaii. Two youths, both native Hawaiians, they being Francis Brown and William Noble.

Hawaii is truly famous these days, and their great sea journey was worthwhile, they are still alive, received great honors, and made their parents and families happy.

And you, tiny Hawaii, amongst the great nations of the Earth, are elevated and made famous through the celebrated and fearless deeds of these Hawaiian boys.

(Aloha Aina, 3/28/1919, p. 1)

Lohe ia ka himeni Aloha oe ma na Kaiaulu o Farani ma ka Manawa i Hookau ia aku ai na kea Hoohanohano i Kekahi mau keiki Hawaii

Ke Aloha Aina, Buke XXXIV, Helu 12, Aoao 1. Maraki 28, 1919.