Veterans’ Day in Hilo Town, 1943.

The 11th of November

Twenty-five years ago, on a Sunday, there was heard the ringing of the church bells here in Hilo. People asked one another, “What are these bells ringing?”

Calls to the telephone operator [kikowaena] rushed in, “Why are the bells sounding?”

The operator replied, “THE WAR IS OVER IN EUROPE. The opposing nations surrendered, and the Treaty was signed.”

That is when people began shouting, and those of the Chinese shops were woken up. Firecrackers were purchased and set off, and cars began going through the streets tooting their horns and dragging cans behind them. This did not cease until the hours of dawn came.

The following Monday became a great day in Hawaii nei and all of those victorious countries of the first world war. There were no bars in those days, because of the prohibition. Continue reading

Lauhala House? Keaukaha Park, 1936.

LAUHALA HOUSE PLANNED

A typical Hawaiian lauhala house will be erected at Keaukaha park near the beach on the Hilo side of the radio station KHBC on Kalanianaole Avenue, it was announced last week by James Puuohau, secretary of the Kuhio Improvement Club who was recently appointed chairman of the lauhala house building committee.

[Might any of you Hilo people know anything further about this hale, and does anyone maybe have any pictures of this?]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 7/22/1936, p. 1)

LAUHALA HOUSE PLANNED

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXI, Number 12, Aoao 1. July 22, 1936.

Bella Luana and Annie Lana Bohling, 1940.

The Bohling Sisters

THE BOHLING TWINS

This Picture is by Oue Studio, Kealakekua

Bella Luana and Annie Lana. They are some of the members of the Bohling Group who will perform twice in the concert this week here in Hilo, on Friday night, along with the Hawaii County Band [ka Bana Kalana o Hawaii] at Mooheau Park and at the Naniloa Hotel on Saturday night.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 12/18/1940, p. 1)

Na Hoahanau Mahoe

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXV, Number 34, Aoao 1. Dekemaba 18, 1940.

 

Henry Nalaielua on KHBC, 1940.

Talking on KHBC

HANALE NALAIELUA

The one who will give short announcements when they air from the Naniloa Hotel on Saturday, December 21, during the entertainment in the program given by the Bohlings, and brought to you by the Hoku o Hawaii. Mr. Nalaielua will speak in “gibberish” (English) and the language pleasant to the ear to hear, that being our mother tongue, the Hawaiian language.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 12/18/1940, p. 1)

Kamailio ana ma ka KHBC

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXV, Number 34, Aoao 1. Dekemaba 18, 1940.

Aia i ka la’i ulalaeho, 1936.

NEW RADIO STATION MANAGER ARRIVES

Fred W. Ellers, chief engineer during the past eight years at station KYA, San Francisco, arrived in Hilo last week, with Mrs. Ellers and Winfield S. Hancock, to take charge of Hilo’s new radio station, KHBC.

The new station will open early next month. Mrs. Ellers will direct the programs. Mr. Hancock will be program announcer and will write the continuities. Additional personnel will be picked from local talent.

Ambitious local aspirants who wish to become radio stars will have the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities by reporting to the studio on Kalanianaole Drive.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 4/15/1936, p. 1)

NEW RADIO STATION MANAGER ARRIVES

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXVII, Number 39, Aoao 1. April 15, 1936.

More on the opening of KHBC, 1936.

NEW RADIO STATION MANAGER ARRIVES

Fred W. Eilers, chief engineer during the past eight years at station KYA, San Francisco, arrived in Hilo last week, with Mrs. Eilers and Winfield S. Hancock, to take charge of Hilo’s new radio station, KHBC.

The new station will open early next month. Mrs. Eilers will direct the programs. Mr. Hancock will be program announcer and will write the continuities. Additional personnel will be picked from local talent.

Ambitious local aspirants who wish to become radio stars will have the opportunity to demonstrate their ability by reporting to the studio on Kalanianaole Drive.

[Starting on February 4, 1936, the front page of Hoku o Hawaii (published in Hilo), was printed in English, and the following three pages were in Hawaiian.]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 4/15/1936, p. 1)

NEW RADIO STATION MANAGER ARRIVES

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXVII, Number 39, Page 1. April 15, 1936.

Beginning of KHBC, the famed radio station of Keaukaha, 1936.

The Radio Station, K.H.B.C. is Ready

Everyone talented in everything from Singing, Oli, Playing Instruments any type, and so forth, are invited to come to the radio broadcast station office in Keaukaha, K. H. B. C. The preparations for this begins on the afternoon of Monday, April 13, 1936.

The Station introduction goes, “K.H.B.C., Hilo, Hawaii, the Home of Pele.”

This Station will open on the first of May, therefore, we want these talented people to come to K. H. B. C. from now forth to prepare for the approaching first day of May.

[Vickie Ii Rodrigues’ famous composition, still heard today, begins: “Aia i ka la’i, ulalaeho; O Keaukaha la, ulalaeho; K. H. B. C., ulalaeho; Ka home a’o Pele, ulalaeho!” (There in the calm, ulalaeho; Of Keaukaha, ulalaeho; Is K. H. B. C., ulalaeho; The home of Pele, ulalaeho!)

I still recall my mom, who was born and raised in Ninole, saying that she used to listen to that station…]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 4/15/1936, p. 2)

Makaukau ka Hale Radio K. H. B. C.

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXVII, Number 39, Page 2. April 15, 1936.