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

100 years a hundred years ago! 1919.

FOUR HISTORIC FLOATS IN KAMEHAMEHA CENTENARY PARADES TO ILLUSTRATE CHIEF INCIDENTS IN LIFE

Members of Kamehameha Centenary Commission

Initial Exercises of Observance Will Commence Tomorrow Morning in Kawaiahao Church

KAMEHAMEHA CENTENARY PROGRAM

Sunday, June 8, 11 a. m.—Centenary services under auspices of Kamehameha lodge.

Tuesday, June 10, 7:30 p. m.—Centenary procession, Aala park to capitol via King street; tableau, music, Hawaiian hulas, at capitol after parade.

Wednesday, June 11, 9:30 a. m.—Centenary Kamehameha day procession, participated in by Hawaiian societies and individuals, Aala park to Kamehameha statue and capitol.

Wednesday, June 11, 8 p. m.—Historic Hawaiian pageant, floats, pa-u riders, etc., in Territorial fair grounds. Continue reading

Kamehameha Day preparations, 1919.

COMMISSION WILL  MEET TODAY TO PLAN CENTENARY

Definite Steps To Arrange Kamehameha Day Program Are Expected To Be Taken

Plans for the most elaborate Hawaiian celebration of Kamehameha Day, June 11, will be launched this morning at 9 o’clock at a meeting of the Kamehameha Centenary Commission, recently appointed by Governor McCarthy, to be held in the office of the Henry Waterhouse Trust Company. Continue reading

Words of advice from a concerned Hawaiian, 1944.

SINGING HAWAIIAN SONGS

Editor The Advertiser:

As a Hawaiian I enjoy listening to the sweet Hawaiian music on my radio from 7:30 a.m. to midnight. But I agree with many other Hawaiians who I have heard complain about our young peoples singing nowadays. Perhaps there might be a way to help these young generation and also the future generations keep up the proper way of singing our beloved Hawaiian songs and not to murder them or change them as they are being changed by jazzing or perhaps boogle them. Why not keep them as the composer intended to express their feelings. For example the song, “Kahuahuai.” It is not a war chant. It’s a love song telling of their love for each other and how they had weathered the cold together among the fragranted ferns, etc. Continue reading

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

THE OPERA FOR THE PRINCE OF HAWAII.

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

Napoleon Kalolii Pukui supporting Charles E. King for delegate to Congress, 1922.

Truth of Truths.

There was something new heard from my candidate, Charles E. King [Kale E. Kini], when he announced on the past 18th, that being this past Monday, that he met with Papai (Clarence Crabbe), the manager of John Wise [Keoni Waika], who relayed his thoughts to my candidate. “We were given the endorsement from the prominent ones [maka nunui] of five sugar plantations, and here in the palm of my hand is the money to push John Wise into the win, the candidate of their choice.

“Therefore, you and Lyman [Laimana] have no hopes for winning.”

That was wen my candidate replied back to him, “Hey, Papai [“Crab”], wasn’t it you who came before me in person three times asking for me to run as a candidate this season?” So I said to you, What about John Wise? And you told me that I cannot trust him; you are the one that I trust, more than him; and now you are tossing me aside. This is not something that will make me give up; I will run for the win and the victory.”

This is what Papai’s answer was to him, “I really don’t want this job, my being prodded on at this work by the big wigs of the Sugar Plantations.”

So therefore friends, we see the sugar plantation’s representative and fishing konohiki; we scope out the name of the fish of the fisherman, a “Papai,” and that is the fish caught in the fish trap [hinai] of John Wise, his fish is a crab.

He will not catch the delectable travelling uhu of Kaena Point, the craving of the daughter of Kakuhihewa. How is that fisherman throwing out his chum; he probably did not consider first the flow of the current; he just threw out his chum where the current will carry it out to Mauiloa, and so the fisherman will return home with nothing, his fish will be the crab, the crab with its menacing claws.

We all know that money is being thrown about these days; take it and fill your palms, but on election day, think carefully. Let Charles King be yours.

Sincerely,

NAPOLEON K. PUKUI

[The word play in the original Hawaiian is very fun. N. K. Pukui was a character!]

(Kuokoa, 10/5/1922, p. 7)

KA OIAIO O NA OIAIO.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXI, Helu 40, Aoao 7. Okatoba 5, 1922.

First Kamehameha class reunites, 1916.

TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Students of the ’91 Graduate Class of Kamehameha: Those standing from the Left—Thomas N. Haae, Charles Blake, William M. Keolanui, Samuel Kauhane, Fred K. Beckley, William K. Rathburn. Those seated—Solomon Hanohano, John K. Waiamau, William O. Crowell, Charles E. King, and Samuel Keliinoi.

[There are many priceless articles on this reunion; this includes the one that accompanies the picture which can be found here from pages 1 & 3.

It is pretty awesome that we can compare the graduation portrait of the class of 1891 which is on the Kamehameha Schools Archives page with this picture from 25 years later!]

(Kuokoa, 6/16/1916, p. 3)

HOOMANAO I KA PIHA ANA O NA MAKAHIKI HE IWAKALUA-KUMAMALIMA

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LIV, Helu 24, Aoao 3. Iune 16, 1916.

 

The first Kamehameha class celebrates reunion, 1916.

The Alumni Remember

For the 25th anniversary of their graduation from Kamehameha School, the boys of the class of 1891 are looking back; it is the first class that graduated from that school, under the principal Rev. W. B. Oleson.

The 10th, 11th, and 12th of upcoming June will be set aside as time to reflect by the students still alive today.

From within the class of 14 that graduated in 1891, there are 12 of them still living, and two that passed away. Those residing in this town are: Charles E. King, Samuel Keliinoi, Frederick William Beckley, Solomon Hanohano, William K. Rathburn, and John K. Waiamau. On Hawaii island are Samuel Kauhane, William M. Keolanui, Enock Brown [Enoch Brown], and Thomas N. Haae. On Kauai is Charles Blake and William O. Crowell. The students who passed away are Robert Pahau and Moses Kauwe.

(Kuokoa, 5/12/1916, p. 1)

E HOOMANAO ANA NA HAUMANA KAHIKO

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LIV, Helu 19, Aoao 1. Mei 12, 1916.