Charles E. King’s “Prince of Hawaii,” 1925.

THE OPERA FOR THE PRINCE OF HAWAII.

In the Liberty Theater, beginning on the night of the 4th of the coming month of May, until the 9th, shown will be an opera for the very first time, called the Prince of Hawaii, under the direction and management of Mr. C. E. King.

In this first opera of Hawaii nei, selected was Raymond Kinney, as the prince of Hawaii; Joseph Kamakau, the king; Rose Tribe, the queen; and Harriet Beamer, as the princess. Others who were selected are Judge John R. Desha and Johanna Wilcox. Continue reading

More on “Prince,” 1924.

The Songs of “Prince” Lei Lani Were Just Beautiful

His Falsetto Voice Was Heard at the Concerts He Gave in the Liberty Theater Last Week.

The concerts given by E. K. Rose, known by the stage name “Prince” Lei Lani [Leilani], in the Liberty Theater on the nights of Friday and Saturday, and the afternoon of Saturday of this past week, those were some of the most beautiful concerts, filling all those who attended with delight at hearing in person, the singing voice of this musician of Hawaii nei.

Amongst all of the people who attended to hear his concerts, they said but one thing; that being of their appreciation and desire, not just for all of the different mele sung, but for the loveliness and beauty of his voice, showing that within him are the high talents for which all Hawaiians have pride in him.

For the first time, Honolulu’s people heard singing live along with a phonograph [pahuolelo], auwe, if people weren’t clear about who the singer was on the phonograph, this lack of clarity was put to an end by them hearing the real “Prince” Lei Lani’s voice, being that they were the same in every way.

While the phonograph was playing a song called “Pua Sadinia,” “Prince” Lei Lani sang it in Alto, and it sounded beautiful. “Aloha Oe” was another number played on the phonograph while he sang in alto.

The local singers pale in haole songs, and cannot match the high range of his voice along with the modulation, and yodeling; there is no match, like the voice of a bird.

There was one unfortunate thing in the concert, that was that it was not filled, for there are not many concerts of this sort put on here in Honolulu that are as beautiful.

“Prince” Lei Lani will spend a number of months here in Hawaii nei before turning back to return to America to sing, and while he is here, he will be giving many concerts. He’ll be going to Kauai to perform concerts there, and Kauai’s people are planning a reception for him with excitement.

Other than to sing, he is returning to America, taking with him many photographs of all sorts of places here in Hawaii nei, scenes showing the people of America that Hawaii is a lovely place full of intelligence; not as was shown by some people using ridiculing pictures, saying that Hawaii is in the dark of pagan times.

[I wonder where the pictures ridiculing Hawaii were printed, and who it was that did it.

The internet is pretty amazing. Some ninety years later, we can hear Prince Lei Lani singing “Pua Sadinia” and “Aloha Oe”! Mahalo to cdbpdx for putting it up on youtube!!]

(Kuokoa, 4/10/1924, p. 1)

Nui Ka Nani o Na Mele A Ka "Prince" Lei Lani

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXIII, Helu 15, Aoao 1. Aperila 10, 1924.

Voice from the past, 1924.

Prince Lei Lani

(Edwin K. Rose)

One of the Hawaiian singers who is touring all over America, and returned home.

He held a Concert at the Liberty Theater the other night organized by the Hawaiian Protective Association [Ahahui Puuhonua] and the Royal Order of Kamehameha [Ahahui Kamehameha].

There were many Hawaiian songs sung by him which were highly acclaimed by the crowd.

WE ARE SELLING HIS BRAND NEW HAWAIIAN RECORDS, AND WE ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO HAVE THEM.

Put in your orders now.

HAWAII SALES CO., LTD.

Nuuanu mauka near King Street.

Open in the Evenings.

(Kuokoa, 4/10/1926, p. 6)

Prince Lei Lani

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXIII, Helu 15, Aoao 6. Aperila 10, 1924.

Hawaiian Opera, 1925.

Glee Club of Charles E. King

This is a scene from the Opera “Prince of Hawaii” presented at the Liberty Theater on the night of Monday last, continuing its performance until the night of Saturday, May 9. Mr. C. E. King put together this Opera, and there are only talented singers who perform the songs.

There was much lauding of the performance of Monday night, and for that reason, Liberty Theater has been full every night since–not just for the beautiful appearance of the singers, but also because of the beauty of their singing.

The proceeds of this opera will go to funding the education of Hawaiian children; for a scholarship set up by the Hawaiian Civic Club.

[I’m not much into opera, but I still would like to have witnessed this first hand!]

(Kuokoa 5/7/1925, p.1)

Ka Hui Himeni a Chas. E. King

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXIV, Helu 19, Aoao 1. Mei 7, 1925.

Tarzan and Chaplin! 1919.

TONIGHT, 7:45

THIS IS THE LAST SHOW, COME WATCH

Shown at Day on This Friday and Tomorrow,

2:45, at Liberty Theater

BIJOU THEATRE

Charlie Chaplin

—In—

“A Dog’s Life” [“Ke Ano o ke Ola Ana o ka Ilio”]

A Movie Full of Excitement.

TARZAN of the APES [TAZANA o na MAPU]

The Hyena of the Jungle of Africa and the One Whose Story is Being Run in the Kuokoa Newspaper.

Entrance: 20 and 35 Cents. Reserved Seats [Noho i Hookaawaleia], 55 Cents.

Ticket Box Open from the Hours of 10 a. m. to 9 p. m. Telephone 3937

[It is interesting to see that this ad is in Hawaiian, when the movies themselves were in English.]

(Kuokoa, 1/17/1919, p. 2)

MA KEIA PO, HORA 7:45

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LVII, Helu 3, Aoao 2. Ianuari 17, 1919.