Hawaiians singing in far away China, 1917.

THERE IS GREAT DELIGHT IN HAWAIIAN MUSIC IN CHINA.

In a letter written by Robert Akeo, a Hawaiian boy who travelled to Shanghai, China, with his companions to sing under contract, it is seen that there is much admiration for Hawaiian music in China, because their contract to play there was over long ago, and yet, they are constantly being asked to satisfy the desires of those people for Hawaiian music and hula.

It seems in order to fulfill the wishes of Shanghai’s people for hula, one of the boys was made into a woman by putting on women’s clothing, and he would dance with one of his fellow boys, while the rest of them play music, and they sing and dance at the same time.

There are some thousands of people in Shanghai who have no knowledge of Honolulu, but after hearing the singing voices, and seeing the act of those young ones, the desire to come visit Honolulu and see the Paradise of the Pacific grew within them.

(Kuokoa, 2/2/1917, p. 8)

NUI KA HIALAAIIA O NA MELE HAWAII MA KINA.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LV, Helu 5, Aoao 8. Feberuari 2, 1917.