Hula thriving in Heeia, 1876.

[Found under: “PALAPALA I KE KUOKOA.”]

Useless activities of adults.


Please grasp this bundle with your right hand, so that our friends will see from Hilo to Waioli, with Niihau to boot, that being the words above, “useless activities,” that being the hula.

Here in Heeia, Koolaupoko, there is much hula now; at Iolekaa there is 1 hula school with Hopa the male kumu hula; at Heeia Waena, Palau (m) and Naholowaa (f), those two are the kahu hula and Ioane (m) is the kumu; Continue reading


Hula mounds, shoddy roads, and inclement weather in Hilo, 1887.

Mr. Editor.

The road supervisor [luna alanui] of Hilo has not passed by these days; the road to the north of the twin cliffs [na pali mahoe] is left damaged and filthy. Perhaps he is on vacation these weeks as the public schools are on vacation; haiole [?], you are the best.¹

From Onomea until Aleamai, there are three Hawaiian hula mounds [pa hula] where men and women are being taught for the upcoming 12th. There are two green pa hula that are got on with anklets [kupee] on the legs as the women turn this way and that, while they rotate about [poahi apakau] their torsos; some people sit below while rasping [wa’uwa’u] against the outside of a gourd and then their various voices reverberate forth.

For over a week, there was a storm covering the docks here in Hilo, bewildering the ship captains on the Paliku side.

D. I. Wailana, Jr.

¹The Road Supervisor in Chief for Hawaii Island that year, according to Thrum, was C. N. Arnold.

(Kuokoa, 4/30/1887, p. 2)

Mr. Luna Hooponopono.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXVI, Helu 18, Aoao 2. Aperila 30, 1887.