Charles E. King comes home, 1949.

Charles E. King, Songwriter and Bandleader, Here From New York

Charles E. King flew into town Monday night, bringing with him 75 years of Hawaiian music.

The noted songwriter, bandleader and authority on Hawaiian music and music folklore, is here from New York for two months. Continue reading

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Hawaiian Halloween in LA, 1937.

WAIKIKI

Commencing
Saturday, Oct. 30

HAWAIIAN HALLOWE’EN
CELEBRATION–for 7 Days
–as in The Islands!

SOL HOOPII’S Orchestra

LENA MACHADO
PRINCE LEI LANI

ALOHA KAIMI Arrives from Honolulu to Join TANI MARSH in Interpretive Hulas!

NO COVER CHARGE

Hawaiian, Chinese and American
Cuisine — Special

DINNER SATURDAY $2.50
All Other Times $1.50

LA BREA AT BEVERLY               York 8183

Try a Poi Cocktail at “Noa-Noa”

(LA Times, 10/30/1937, p. 5)

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Los Angeles Times, Volume LVI. October 30, 1937, p. 5.

If Mine was my swift horse… 1893.

Hooheno no Mine.

Ina o Mine kuu lio holo
Pokole ke alu ka ihona pali
Kaohi mai au he ole ka paa
He oi aku ka panee ka holo i mua
Ua like me ka wai o Hiilawe
Ka lalawe malie i ke alo pali
Aohe kena he ala e
Ka hanu kena o Rose Iliahi
Ke lawe ia ala ka’u aloha
Maluna o ke kaa Puakauwahi
Ina o kuu lei rose ia
Puhenehene o kahi mehameha
Haina ia mai ana kapuana
No Mine holo nui kuu lio ia

[The line in Lena Machado’s “Holo Waapa” about Mine the fast-running horse was perhaps inspired by this mele. Does anyone know if there was a racehorse by this name?]

(Lei Momi, 7/26/1893, p. 3)

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Ka Lei Momi, Buke I, Helu 29, Aoao 3. Iulai 26, 1893.

 

Three Lena Machado mele! 1939.

Hawaiian Songs of This Age

Composed by Lena Machado

NONE NEI

Heaha neia hana a’e none nei
None ana paha i ke kumu o ka hana,
O kau hana maa mau ia,
Hoouluhua mau nohoi oe ia’u.
Heaha kou makemake e hana aku au,
Eia nohoi oe i ku’u poli e pili ala,
Pehea la au e hana aku ai,
Hoouluhua mau nohoi oe ia’u.
Oihoiha e none like aku kaua,
None ana i ka pili makemake
O kou makemake ua hooko ia
O ko’u nei la, aole loa
Haina kapuana ua mele ia
Heaha neia hana a’e none nei.

HOOHENOHENO

Hooheno hoohenoheno nohoi oe,
E ne-none nei i ku’u poli,
E hoolale, e hoolalelale mai ana,
E kiliopu hou kaua ia kawa
O kou makemake a’o ko’u noia
E miliopu-lima hou kaua ilaila
O oe a o wau wale no kei ike
I ka hana noeau a ke kupuna
Haina kapuana ua lohe ia
Hoohenoheno nohoi oe.

NANI KA OPUA

Nani ka Opua kaupono i Kahikina,
Hikina a ka La ma Kumukahi,
Hookahi mea nui ka manao e upu nei,
I ku’u Ipo ika la’i nani o Hilo.
Hilo hou ia ke aloha i pili paa pono
Pono oe pono au, pono pu kaua,
Kaua wale no kei ike ia nani
He nani i awaiaulu paa ia.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 6/28/1939, p. 1)

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Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXIV, Number 9, Aoao 1. Iune 28, 1939.