Hula uniki in Hilo, 1948.

Splendid was the uniki activities that were held at the armory [halekoa] of Hilo on the night of this past Saturday, April 24th. Continue reading

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Sun Sun Lau and E. K. Fernandez, 1939.

This past Saturday, the new restaurant of the Sun Sun Lau Group was opened on Kamehameha Avenue near the Lumber Yard of American Factors, Ltd. Ice cream was given to children who came with their parents. The band of Mrs. Rose Kuamoo took care of the music and hula performances.

On the previous Saturday evening, the great show of E. K. Fernandez was opened on the grounds where the show is always held.

[For you Hilo people, a little nostalgia…]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 7/5/1939, p. 4)

Ma ka Poaono nei i weheia ae ai...

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXIV, Number 10, Aoao 4. Iulai 5, 1939.

May Day in Hilo town, 1942.

Our Lei Day

According to what we understand and hear pertaining to the celebration of Lei Day, that being this Friday, the show put on will be great.

There will be two hula groups that will hula on that day, that being the hula troupe [Hui Lokelani] of Mrs. Rose Kuamoo and the Hui Huapala led by Albert Nahale-a. Other than these groups will be the Police Glee Club led by William K. Kahimoku (Kualii), and also the children of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kalima, and also perhaps some duets and some solos.

Last year, this show was held in the evening, beginning at 6:00, but this year, it can’t be put on in the late evening, but instead will be held at 3:00  p. m. This is times of blackout in this land, and we are not to turn on lights outside.

This show and hula will be held at Kalakaua Square, and we are lucky to have the military band join in and commemorate this day. There is nothing to be said about our County Band, for they have not dropped out of the activities of the day.

The activities of the day will begin with a concert put on by the military band at port here in Hilo, at 2:30 p. m. until 3:00 p. m., and the County band until 3:30 p. m. and followed by the other parts.

Here below is the program of events of that afternoon

MAY DAY IS LEI DAY
IN HAWAII
Directed by the Hawaiian Civic Club of Hilo
Friday, May 1, 1942,
at the Hour of 3:30 P. M.
KALAKAUA PARK

Part I, Old Hawaiian Hula

1. “Ka La o Mei He La Lei Ia Ma Hawaii” [May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii] Police Glee Club, Lokelani, and Huapala.

2. “Oli” by Mary Ahiena

3. Old Hawaiian Hula, by the Hui Lokelani.

a. Olapa — Niihau, Pua Hau o Maleka

b. Puili — Malualua

c. Iliili — Kona Hema

d. Uliuli — Moku Kia Kahi, Alekoki

4. Combined Old Hawaiian Hula, by the Hui Huapala

a. Puili & Uliuli — Nani Wale Na Hala

5. “Pua Mohala” by the Hilo Police Glee Club

Part II, Hawaiian Hula of Modern Times

1. “Kuikahi” by Huapala

2. A Hula for President Roosevelt, Lokelani

3. “Ua Hoomaka lakou i Kekahi Mea,” Frank Kahili

4. Holoholo Kaa, Huapala

5. “Loke Honesakala,” Ernest Hanaike and his Guitar

6. Nani Hilo, Lokelani

7. “Mele Maka Lalau” by Baby Kaieie

9. “Wiliwili Wai,” William Kualii

8. Aloha Ia No O Maui, Lokelani

10. Kona Hema, Huapala

11. My Sweet Sweetie, Three Children of Kalaima

12. Oahu, Lokelani

13. Ke Kali Nei Au, duet by Miss Kuaana Nathaniel and Joseph Kalima

14. Maikai Wale No Kauai, Lokelani

15. “TAHUAHUAI,” Abraham Laeha

16. Sasa & Somemore o Samoa, Huapala

17. THE CONCLUSION

a. Hilo March — Lokelani

b. “I Lei Nou” — Police Glee Club

c. Leahi, Hanohano Hanalei — Huapala

18. ALOHA OE

19. STARS SPANGLED BANNER

(Hoku o Hawaii, 4/29/1942, p. 2)

Ka La Lei O Kakou

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume 37, Number 1, Page 2. Apelila 29, 1942.