Princess A Pauahi Bishop, 1893.

[Found under: “He Moolelo Hawaii”]

Kamehamehanui with Kekumano, begat Kalanihelemailuna; with Kawao, begat A. Paki; with Konia, begat A Pauahi Bishop. Continue reading

Emma Ahuena Taylor remembers Princess Ruth Keelikolani, 1935.

PRINCESS RUTH KEELIKOLANI, HAUGHTY BUT KIND, BELOVED ALII OF OLD DAYS

Her Highness Princess Ruth Keelikolani seemed to have always been in my life.

When she came to stay at Wailuakio (Palama), she would always spend the night in my mother’s home. For her retinue was large and my mother’s home was a convenient place to entertain them all. Continue reading

American sailors are taught Hawaiian history, 1925.

PLAYS ABOUT KING KAUIKEAOULI.

In the grounds of the palace on the night of Saturday, the 6th of this coming June, there will be pageants put on in the palace grounds pertaining to the rise of King Kauikeaouli  to the throne of Hawaii nei along with the appearance of his entire royal court; this will be arranged by the Mamakakaua Society headed by Mrs. Ahuena Taylor.

The pageant will be held for the benefit of the men of the fleet of American warships while they are spending time in this town, so that they obtain some knowledge of the nature of the governing of Hawaii nei i the time of the kingdom.

There will also be speeches presented that night by selected people, and amongst them is Governor Farrington.

This performance will be open to all, without charge; and if there are concerns amongst the Hawaiians that they will be charged, put an end to your worries by going down and witness everything that will be shown at that time.

(Kuokoa, 5/28/1925, p. 2)

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Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXIV, Helu 22, Aoao 2. Mei 28, 1925.

Even more local news from a hundred years ago, 1915.

Local News

On the coming 13th in the month of March, an election for county seats will be held, outside of the City and County of Honolulu.

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On the Sierra of this past Monday, Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Taylor returned to this city after spending a year or so in San Francisco.

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The Young People’s League [Ahahui o ka Poe Opiopio] is planning to put on once more a grand concert in the Opera House [Hale Mele Hou], sometime during the coming month.

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Currently being planned is a special excursion for Honolulu’s people aboard the Kilauea to Kauai next month, this coming February.

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From what is being heard, there is much criticism by the people over the appointing of R. W. Aylett as head of the garbage system, for he has a job in the band [Royal Hawaiian Band].

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Helen H. Roberts, ethnomusicologist, collecting mele from across the islands, 1923.

SOMETHING WORTHWHILE HELPING

In this past Legislative session, $5,000 was set aside for the cost to prepare a book of “Ancient Hawaiian Music”. This endeavor has been given to Kamehameha School, and they are now utilizing this to preserve the “old mele olioli” of Hawaii nei. Miss Helen H. Roberts has been sent by the Trustees of the Kamehameha School to go amongst the Hawaiians and to search out ancient mele of Hawaii nei.

She is accompanied by a phonograph [ponotalapa (ipu malama olelo)], and is looking to have people chant ancient mele into the phonograph and to record and save it for generations to come. Not only mele olioli are being sought after, but also wanted are mele hula hoaeae of the Hawaiians. Many years from now the people who know these old mele will be gone, but these mele olioli and mele hoaeae will become something to look back to the history of the Hawaiian Lahui.

This will be something that will look for where the Hawaiians came from, whereas also being sought are mele of other Polynesians while comparing these ancient mele with the ancient mele of Hawaii.

This is something that the old people who are fluent for instance in the old mele hoaeae of Hawaii nei should assist in.

This is not being done for monetary profit, but to seek the ancient things of the beloved Kupuna of this Lahui; and for all Hawaiians who have pride in the fame of their Lahui, there is no reason for them to withhold these ancient things of the Kupuna and to go to the grave without leaving these blessings for those coming after them. We ask Rev. W. M. Kalaiwaa and Rev. William Kamau of the Kohala districts to support this great endeavor for the acclaim of the Hawaiian Lahui. We are also helping to move this project along with what little we have, being that this will help to perpetuate the great Moolelo of the Hawaiian People.

[The opening to the book “Ancient Hawaiian Music” reads:

A survey of ancient Hawaiian music was conducted, 1923–24, by Miss Helen H. Roberts under the auspices of the Hawaiian Folk-Lore Commission represented by John R. Galt, chairman; Edna J. Hill, secretary; Mrs. Emma Ahuena Taylor, Hawaiian member. In cooperation with the Commission, manuscripts resulting from the survey are published by Bernice P. Bishop Museum.]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 12/6/1923, p. 2)

HE HANA MAIKAI E KOKUA IA

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke XVII, Helu 28, Aoao 2. Dekemaba 6, 1923.