A mele for Harry Naope, the pride of Hawaii Island, 1920.

HE MELE NO HARRY NAOPE.

Kaulana mai nei a o Naope,
Ka uwila i anapu ma ke kapitala,
Na ke kelekalapa i ha’i mai,
Lawe oe i ka hae o ka lanakila;
Kilakila no oe i ka’u ike,
Ka moho kaulana puni Hawaii. Continue reading

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George Kainapau, singer from Hilo, 1944.

Arrived Here in Hilo

Last week, a youth from the Kanilehua rains arrived, that being George Kainapau to Hilo nei, to spend some days here in the land of his birth, and in the afternoon of the following Monday he left for Honolulu.

This was not a child coming home to visit his parents living there, for they passed away many years ago, and their children are who remain.

When we saw that youth, we recalled our first choir leader, Harry Naope, because this youth, George Kainapau was one of the members of the Haili choir in 1927.

He is a youngster with a very good voice for singing. His voice is like the voice of a woman singing. Continue reading

Wallace Kuakapu Naope passes away, 1939.

GREW WEARY

Wallace K. Naope

In the evening of this past Friday, Wallace Kuakapu Naope grew weary of this world after being taken to the Hilo Memorial Hospital [Halemai Hoomanao o Hilo] after contracting Pneumonia [Numonia]. It was but a few hours after he was taken to the hospital that he passed away.

With his passing, lost is one of the icons in politics. He ran for the position of senator in the Democratic party a number of times, but he lost and the victory of the other candidates for senator was difficult and only by a slim margin.

Wallace Kuakapu Naope was born in South Kona, and was educated at Lahainaluna School. After leaving the school, he came to live in Hilo nei with his older brother Harry K. Naope who died earlier a little over a year ago, who was the great one amongst the choir leaders of all the choirs across the Archipelago. Continue reading