This is an independent blog. Please note that I am nowhere near fluent, and that these are not translations, but merely works in progress. Please do comment if you come across misreads or anything else you think is important.
Baltimore is headquarters for the finest grade of straw braids for hats for men and boys. Even lauhala from Hawaii is sent to Baltimore to be sewn into hats that bring high prices in the cities on the mainland. We have the genuine Baltimore braids in the straws we sell. Also we have the gigh standard Panama hats, woven in the Canal Zone and sewn and finished by Christy in London.
(Maui News, 12/2/1911, p. 7)
Maui News, Volume XVIII, Number 41, Page 7. December 2, 1911.
It seems that the Museum is having an exhibit on weaving starting the end of this week. Maybe go check it out if you are on Oahu.
The beauty and significance of hala is woven throughout our history and throughout this exhibit. In ancient times, the sails of voyaging canoes were plaited of hala, and utilitarian hala baskets and mats were commonplace. The introduction of foreign items that replaced Hawaiʻi-made mats and baskets encouraged weavers to further their creativity, leading to a distinctive and truly exquisite Hawaiian style of lau hala hats that are coveted and treasured as fine art.
LAUHALA HOUSE TO BE TURNED OVER TO HOMES COMMISSION
The lauhala house planned at Keaukaha park under the supervision of the Kuhio Improvements club will be turned over to the Hawaiian Homes Commission, it was announced Saturday by James Puuohau, secretary of the club. The board of supervisors has approved of the plan of having the homes commission take charge of the construction of the unique house.
At the suggestion of Princess Abigail Kawananakoa, a member of the commission, the club is planning to establish a clinic building at Keaukaha together with the cooperation of the commission. This building will serve as a health center and baby clinic for the entire Hawaiian community at Keaukaha.
(Hoku o Hawaii, 11/25/1936, p. 1)
Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXI, Number 30, Aoao 1. November 25, 1936.
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)
Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXI, Number 12, Aoao 1. July 22, 1936.
Lau Hala Poi Umeke (Calabashes).—In Palolo Valley which is ever moistened by the patter of the Lililehua rain, there was held a small feast of pig there on this past Saturday by parents who regularly celebrate the birthdays of their child. At the party, there were also present visitors from town, and when the table of food was being prepared, umeke made out of woven lau hala were brought and placed at the front of the table. From these new type of calabashes did they eat heartily until full.
[Does anyone still make these? Has anyone seen examples of these??]
Excursion to eat the mud.—During the most recent days of rest and relaxation of our royal one, Mrs. B. Pauahi Bishop, at her vacation place, Hanakamalaelae, Heeia, Koolaupoko, she and Mrs. Likelike Cleghorn went to see for themselves the edible mud of the pond of Kawainui in Kailua, and they formed an excursion. While precipitation from the clouds fell heavily, the two of them boarded a canoe and the mud was dove for; the beloved ones, as well as the multitudes of Kailua, Kaneohe, and Heeia ate heartily. The feast went nicely and the attractive items there were the pandanus-frond [lauhala] bowls that were woven expertly by the women. The characteristics of this mud is that it is speckled pink and gelatinous like pia; it’s taste is like cooked pia and it is so smooth going down. It is perhaps 8 feet to the bottom from the surface of the water where this mud is found. There are two amazing things heard of in relation to this Kawainui Pond: this mud, and the fish entrancing stick (Makalei) which was why the number of fish increased in the pond. Maybe it is because Kailua had no food that God made this mud?
J. B. Keliikanakaole
[Does anyone know if Hanakamalaelae is documented on any map? And also does anyone have information on J. B. Keliikanakaole?]