Naniloa Hotel in Hilo opens, 1940.

Naniloa Hotel

In the evening of this past Saturday, the New Hotel of Hilo nei, the “Naniloa Hotel” [Hokele Naniloa] opened officially. During that time, the musical group of Ray Kinney performed the music for the opening. Something great in that performance of music to dedicate and entertain, was the singing of the mele that was composed for the hotel. Mrs. Eliza K. Osorio was the one who performed the song with her singers. Continue reading

Iolani Palace open to the public, 1938.

The Crown Room of Iolani Palace Opened

This is the only Crown Room in the United States of America, and it is a reminder of the days when it was under the rule of the kings and queens of Hawaii nei. The appearance of the crown room these days is like that of the times of the monarchs.

This past week, the crown room of the Iolani Palace was opened once again, and it was opened to the public; Governor Poindexter and Secretary Hite [of the Citizens’ Council] opened the doors of that crown room. There were many who arrived there for the opening.

Amongst the chants [na olioli ame na kanaenae] of the ancient Hawaiians, there were eyes misted with tears with memories of the days of the monarchy, and there was also the sweet sound of the Royal Hawaiian Band [Bana Hawaii]; there were hundreds of people lined up in the only crown room in all the United States. This tour was led by Mrs. Eugenia Reis, moi of the Daughters and Sons of Hawaiian Warriors, and in attendance were the members of her association and seven other Hawaiian associations. Continue reading