Hawaiian boys headed to China to play music, 1916.

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Five Hawaiian musicians will leave Honolulu May 26 in the steamer China for Shanghai, China, to fill a lengthy engagement at the Carleton Cafe in that city. They are Robert Akeo, William Smith, Valentine Kawai, John Nieper and Joseph K. Kauila.

(Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 5/9/1916, p. 3)

Five Hawaiian musicians...

Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Volume XXIII, Number 7511, Page 3. May 9, 1916.

Hawaiians singing in far away China, 1917.

THERE IS GREAT DELIGHT IN HAWAIIAN MUSIC IN CHINA.

In a letter written by Robert Akeo, a Hawaiian boy who travelled to Shanghai, China, with his companions to sing under contract, it is seen that there is much admiration for Hawaiian music in China, because their contract to play there was over long ago, and yet, they are constantly being asked to satisfy the desires of those people for Hawaiian music and hula.

It seems in order to fulfill the wishes of Shanghai’s people for hula, one of the boys was made into a woman by putting on women’s clothing, and he would dance with one of his fellow boys, while the rest of them play music, and they sing and dance at the same time.

There are some thousands of people in Shanghai who have no knowledge of Honolulu, but after hearing the singing voices, and seeing the act of those young ones, the desire to come visit Honolulu and see the Paradise of the Pacific grew within them.

(Kuokoa, 2/2/1917, p. 8)

NUI KA HIALAAIIA O NA MELE HAWAII MA KINA.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LV, Helu 5, Aoao 8. Feberuari 2, 1917.

More coverage of Hui Nalu Singing Group, 1912.

THE HUI HIMENI HUI NALU IS HEADED TO CHINA

To fulfill their contract with the head of the Carlton Cafe, Mr. L. Ladow, in Shanghai, China, the singing boys of the Hui Nalu will leave aboard the Tenyo Maru yesterday, and they will spend a long period of time there before returning to Hawaii nei.

They were supposed to leave this town on Monday, however because what was planned earlier did not go well, their trip to foreign lands has been postponed for a bit.

There are five of these singers, they being: Alex. Holstein, Willie Opunui, James K. Ii, Jr., Peter Opunui, and William Punohu.

(Kuokoa, 12/20/1912, p. 4)

E HOLO ANA KA HUI HIMENI HUI NALU NO KINA

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLVIII, Helu 51, Aoao 4. Dekemaba 20, 1912.