More criticism of hula, 1874.

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Not appropriate at all were the Hawaiian dancers who went around doing hula on this Monday evening—rattling their uliuli, their hands pointing this way and that, and their mouths huffing away in the wind—These things that were done shame you, O Hawaii; this kind of thing is appropriate only for the pagan of the past—O Hawaiians, stop hurting yourselves! Hula is strictly banned.

(Kuokoa, 3/21/1874, p. 3)

Aohe kohu iki...

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XIII, Helu 12, Aoao 3. Maraki 21, 1874.

Opposition to Hula in West Coast of the U. S., 1916.

Opposition to Hawaiian Hula in the West.

A. P. Taylor, the Secretary of the Promotion Committee of Hawaii, received a letter from J. Walter Scott, the representative of the Promotion Committee on the West Coast of America, speaking of their preparations to oppose Hawaiian Hula.

Here is what was said in the letter: “The kind of hula that we are witnessing here, it is not according to what is wanted, and is something that has become abhorred. This is what I think: For the honor of the Islands of Paradise, and for its good name, we rise as one to obliterate for good that act from amongst us.

We will begin this opposition immediately, and I trust it will move forward in no time.

(Puuhonua, 9/1/1916, p. 5)

Kueia ka Hula Hawaii ma ke Komohana.

Ka Puuhonua, Buke III, Helu 33, Aoao 5. Sepatemaba 1, 1916.

Hula Critique, 1875.

Hula of Haena.

O Lahui Hawaii; Aloha to you:—

While living here in the village of Haena, gazing at the cliff faces of Makana, and enjoying the softly blowing winds of the land, and reveling in the leaves of the kawelu grass; what I am fond of is the beautifully breaking waves, those companion waves which Lohiau surfed in days past, in our old stories. Then I see men, women, and children of this unfamiliar land in which I live, parading to the hula house. How dismaying! O Haena—don’t agonize, but think. Time now has moved forward, and here you are reverting backwards, and stumbling at Kanapo[?]. Here we are, the devout, seeing how truly horrifying the hula is of the people here who are going in droves down into the whirlpool, just as the saying goes, “Kohala is crowded to the very opening.” As soon as the assembly conch is blown, they run and disappear.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” [Mataio 11:28] And look at James 5:5. Therefore I am concerned over what was said by the prophet, Ezekiel 33:3–5. Look to this teaching.

With aloha,
D. P. Puniawa,
Haena, Kauai, Oct. 11, 1875.

(Lahui Hawaii, 10/21/1875, p. 2)

Ka Hula o Haena

Lahui Hawaii, Buke I, Helu 43, Aoao 2, Okatoba 21, 1875.