Iolani Luahine performance, 1949.

DANCES OF FIVE ISLANDS WILL BE INTERPRETED in the modern half of the hula concert to be given by Iolani Luahine and her group on Tuesday at 8 p. m. in McKinley high school auditorium. In this picture, left to right, Lei Miranda, Nani Chang and Lani Rodrigues are dancing the well known mele, “Maui No Ka Oi.” Another guest on the program will be Alfred Apaka singing, “I Will Remember You.”—Craig Stevens photo.

Iolani Luahine Will Dance Old, Modern Hulas in Concert Tuesday

The dignified and the humorous hulas and chants of old and modern Hawaii will be presented in the concert program, “Hula Hoolaulea o na Hawaii” by Miss Iolani Luahine on Tuesday evening at 8 in the McKinley high school auditorium.

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Miss Luahine, foremost interpreter of the ancient hula, will dance a prologue, the Hula Pele, two groups of gourd dances, Hula Ohelo; a group of drum dances; the Treadle board dance and the Hula kii.

She will also perform the paddle dance with her group.

“Kaulana na Pua o Hawaii,” a hula dating back to the 1890s will be Miss Iolani’s first modern dance offering. Continue reading

Beginning of KHBC, the famed radio station of Keaukaha, 1936.

The Radio Station, K.H.B.C. is Ready

Everyone talented in everything from Singing, Oli, Playing Instruments any type, and so forth, are invited to come to the radio broadcast station office in Keaukaha, K. H. B. C. The preparations for this begins on the afternoon of Monday, April 13, 1936.

The Station introduction goes, “K.H.B.C., Hilo, Hawaii, the Home of Pele.”

This Station will open on the first of May, therefore, we want these talented people to come to K. H. B. C. from now forth to prepare for the approaching first day of May.

[Vickie Ii Rodrigues’ famous composition, still heard today, begins: “Aia i ka la’i, ulalaeho; O Keaukaha la, ulalaeho; K. H. B. C., ulalaeho; Ka home a’o Pele, ulalaeho!” (There in the calm, ulalaeho; Of Keaukaha, ulalaeho; Is K. H. B. C., ulalaeho; The home of Pele, ulalaeho!)

I still recall my mom, who was born and raised in Ninole, saying that she used to listen to that station…]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 4/15/1936, p. 2)

Makaukau ka Hale Radio K. H. B. C.

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXVII, Number 39, Page 2. April 15, 1936.