A few days after December 7, 1941.

For the Good of Hawaiians


The military stated that it is necessary to ration food supply and some other items, and so too with medicines, gasoline, oil, and some other things, like food for animals. Continue reading

Meanwhile, the president of the USA is echoing words from the past, 1942.


We are rapidly getting all of the 500,000 Japanese away from our Pacific coast danger zone, but what about the timewhen the war is over?

A resident from the Lake Labish district told the editor of the Greater Oregon yesterday of a series of raids conducted on Jap farms in that district. We are not at liberty to tell the full story but we can say that many machine guns were found in hay mows and in straw stacks and that a large amount of ammunition and weapons was taken from the Japs, who profess to be so friendly to us and so sorry that Japan has declared war upon us. Continue reading

One year after Pearl Harbor, 1942.

This Makes a Full Year

Monday last was a year since the bombing of Puuloa by the those who carried out the coup and stole the lives of people thinking that is what will give them victory.

The 7th of December is a day we probably will never forget for all times, for while the navy and the land of America were enjoying their time, the raider carried out his work which was planned ahead of time, to fly to America to the path of Puuloa, and let down messengers of destruction to cripple the condition of the military of the United States of America.

With America being secretly attacked, that served as a needle poking at the side of the Americans like a spur [kui ke-pa] being thrust into the underside of a horse.

In response to these actions by the raider and assassin, the one who stirred the coals that are burning in the hearts of true Americans, and it became something that inflamed the thoughts of Americans. Continue reading

Easter Sunday in Honokaa, 1942.

News of the Kohala Districts and Hamakua

HONOKAA:—Just like the news announced last week in the Hoku o Hawaii, the Easter events were carried out at the church of Honokaa by the Rev. Abraham Poepoe.

The church was decorated with Calla and Easter lily flowers by the meticulous hands of Ramona Poepoe and Bertha Herrman. At the hour of 10:30, the church bell rang. The church goers gathered in the church. It was filled with soldiers, haole from the sugarcane plantations, the children of the Sunday School, and some Japanese Christians as well as Hawaiians. The services held that day were beautiful. “Awe inspiring and filled with the spirit of God.”

Easter day was a very nice day here in the Hamakua district and the dawning of this Monday. This is a rainy day, and this is a humid day. However, praised always is God. He knows that it is good for there to be rain and fog these days of war.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 4/8/1942, p. 1)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXVI, Number 42, Aoao 1. Aperila 8, 1942.

Atomic bomb destroys Hiroshima, 1945.

Hiroshima is Leveled

GUAM—The crew of a large American bomber reported of a new type of bomb released above Japan; it fell with the rumbling of thunder, and it was like the strength of 2,00 large bombers; and it hit Hiroshima which disappeared in smoke and the red of fire.

The crew also stated, “The action taken upon Hiroshima at 9:15 in the morning when they arrived, the smoke rose like a mountain, dark at the base and rose to white, reaching about 40,000 feet in height.

Hiroshima is on the island of Honshu, and is on the shore of the Inland Sea [Kai Lokoaina], and it is a large camp for the soldiers of the army.

The population of that city was 318,000. And also one of the major ports of Japan is located there.

When the American aircraft released the bomb, Hiroshima was lit up with the light of the sun, and a few minutes later, smoke began to billow high into the sky.

Lieutenant General Spaatz said the strength of one of those new bombs was equal to the strength of 2,000 B-29 planes.

A picture of Hiroshima was taken when it was bombed. Four hours later, a spy plane flew over, and the city of Hiroshima could not be seen except for a few fires burning outside of the city limits. The great destruction was clear. The smoke billowed up 40,000 feet high, and it remained for hours after the bombing of Hiroshima.

The Pilot Tibbett said, “Hiroshima was chosen because it was clear, and we released the bomb with clear vision at 9:15 A. M.

[70 years ago… Let’s learn from history.]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 8/15/1845, p. 1)

Hoopalaha Ia O Hiroshima

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XL, Number 16, Aoao 1. Augate 15, 1845.

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

Directed by the Hawaiian Civic Club of Hilo
Friday, May 1, 1942,
at the Hour of 3:30 P. M.

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


a. Hilo March — Lokelani

b. “I Lei Nou” — Police Glee Club

c. Leahi, Hanohano Hanalei — Huapala



(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.