Tourism and the revival of lauhala, 1936.

Tourist Business In Hawaii Booms As Result Of Publicity

An influx of visitors to the Hawaiian islands during the past few years has revived many of the interesting traditions and practices of Old Hawaii.

This paradox was recently pointed out by Percy A. Swift, manager of the merchandise department of American Factors, Ltd., in a discussion of Hawaii’s tourist industry.

“An interesting sidelight of the travel business here has been the way it has encouraged Island customs and activities,” he said. “The nourishing influence of tourist interest has given added impetus to the lei tradition, for example; and it has revived native sports such as surfing and outrigger canoe riding, which were on the point of dying out 15 years ago.” Continue reading


Alapaki Smith for auditor, 1928.



An expert in all types of books; he can care for all the finances of the county being that this is the office which watches over all the money of the county. He is conscientious in all ways and is fearful of dishonesty.

I worked with the American Factors Company for a number of years, in the tax department for a number of years, and a number of years doing the books for banks from the side of the government, and that is what I am currently doing; therefore I am fully capable in all aspects. Lift up this Hawaiian youth for the pride of the Hawaiian people.

[I think the inscription on the picture reads: “Announcing my candidacy for the Republican nomination for Auditor. Alapaki Smith.” And there is “Post” written in another hand on the right side.]

(Alakai o Hawaii, 10/4/1928, p. 4)


Ke Alakai o Hawaii, Buke 1, Helu 23, Aoao 4. Okatoba 4, 1928.

Sun Sun Lau and E. K. Fernandez, 1939.

This past Saturday, the new restaurant of the Sun Sun Lau Group was opened on Kamehameha Avenue near the Lumber Yard of American Factors, Ltd. Ice cream was given to children who came with their parents. The band of Mrs. Rose Kuamoo took care of the music and hula performances.

On the previous Saturday evening, the great show of E. K. Fernandez was opened on the grounds where the show is always held.

[For you Hilo people, a little nostalgia…]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 7/5/1939, p. 4)

Ma ka Poaono nei i weheia ae ai...

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXIV, Number 10, Aoao 4. Iulai 5, 1939.