Henry Berger’s 50th birthday, and commentary on eating stones, 1894.

Celebrating Fifty Years

This past Saturday, at 7:30, a joint concert was held with the Hawaiian Republic band and the band of the Philadelphia, on the grounds of the Hawaiian Hotel to commemorate the birthday of the bandmaster of the Government, who is 50 years old. That night was the 4664th time he gave concerts in various locations, and this is his 500th at that place. The Government band went first, and when they were through, then there were singers of haole songs chosen from a non-Hawaiian singing group from the uplands of Leiolono, and then came the boys of the sea [from the Philadelphia]. When that was over, the two groups joined together for the ending, and that was the conclusion of the activities of the night. The band stage was illuminated by electric lights and all sorts of Japanese lanterns under tree branches. Continue reading

Another cool picture from Hawaii’s musical past. 1923.

Members of the Hui Himeni Hawaii¹

Standing from the left to right: Mrs. Andrade; Mrs. Clemans, the leader; Mrs. Pahu; Mr. Andrade. Crouching:² Mr. O. Pahu; Steven P. Lukua; Mr. Schenck Clemans, business manager.

¹Hawaiian Glee Club?

²I wonder what the difference is between kīʻenenei (kīʻelelei) and ʻōkuʻu is.

(Kuokoa, 5/24/1923, p. 3)

Na Hoa o ka Hui Himeni Hawaii

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXII, Helu 21, Aoao 3. Mei 24, 1923.