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The Hawaiian Night
And now it is all pau. The audience
rendered Us verdict, "very -good."
The leaders thanked the actors for
their faithful attendance at the re
hearsals, and everyone went home
It was an ambitious program which
the Ka Halau o Kapiolani, Hale o na
Hawaii under the leadership of Mrs.
S. Keliinoi, staged last Saturday ev
ening at the armory. Long before the
hour for the curtain raiser, the
house began to, fill, and the ushers
were hard put to find seating accom
modations for those who came a lit
tle late. However, these boys rose to
the occasion and went to the court
house and brought over the bench
es which lined the lower corridors.
The stage which had been placed
right opposite the main entrance,
wau tastily decorated with cocoanut
leaves banana trees and bamboo,
and the red colored electric light
globes lent by the Lihue Mill Co.
for the occasion, strung along the
front part of the stage, made very
The program had been arranged In
three parts. The first part consisted
v, holly of solos and choruses, duets,
trios and quintets. Most of the songs
sung were the compositions of such
Hawaiian musicians as King Kala
kuuu, Queen Llliuokalani, Queen Ka
piolani, Prince Leleiohoku, Matthew
Kane and Walanika, the famous "Ma
noa nightingale," and they were the
favorites of a generation ago.
They ranged from the choppy, jaz
zy "Hole Waimea." to the smooth,
appealing strains of Lanihuli and
the warbling melody of "Lihue."
Part two consisted of the playlet
"Moikeha," The third part was styl
ed "The Islands in the Butterfly
Dance." O, yes, there was a fourth
part the dance, and the audience
took part in that.
Promptly at 8 o'clock, Mrs. Kell
inol struck the opening chords of
"Kapiolani" (dedicated to the Halau
itself), and the show was on. When
Mrs. Sheldon, who sang the solo,
broke forth in the alluring strains
of the first verse, there fell a sud
den hush, and when the crash of
the chorus came in, the audience
were at one with the singers, and the
success of the undertaking was as
sured. In this song as well as in the
solo she sang later. Mrs. Sheldon
completely captivated her hearers;
she also gave a demonstration of
the range of her voice, for she
reached high b-flat apparently with
The quintet of lady members from
Waimea gave an excellent rendition
of "Rain Tuahine of Manoa," which
the elders recognized as an old fav
orite and loudly applauded. The An
ahola Peps lived up to their repu
tation as they swung off Into the
choppy "Kokohi."! The '-brothers Hano,
John and Kaimi, gave the bass re
sponse to Judge Ekekela's and Isaac
Kaiu's appeal of "Kokohi."
Miss Carrie Pauole and Miss Ai-
leen Scharsch in the duet, "Hanihuli'
sweetly rendered this plaintive old
waltz, and the chorus carried on its
part with zeal.
"Onaona Nuuanu," an early com
position of the late queen was well
rendered by Mr. and Mrs. Kaman
uwai; the coyness displayed by this
couple fitting well with the words,
and the sentiment of the song
Needless to say they also brought
down the house. Miss Pauole and
Mrs. Kaiu gave "MakanI Kaill Alo
ha" with pleasing effect, and Ka Ha
lau o Kapiolani came back with "Li
hue," an old time favorite. This
ended the first part of the program.
There then ensued an intermission of
ten minutes, when preparations for
the second part were made.
When the next curtain was drawn
there was exhibited a tableau riotous
with gorgeous coloring. For King
Kaweloka of Kauai, having heard
of the arrival of a foreign chief had
ordered a grand royal reception for
the malahini. Being fully convinced
in his own mind that this was the
chief of whom he had been warned
in a dream, as the one who would
become his son and husband to his
daughters, he decided to receive the
malahini in a manner befitting the
high rank which he felt the stranger
would disclose. And he was not dis
appointed. The moment the tabu
stick appeared, preceding the arrival
of the stranger, he knew that he
would be entertaining a personage no
less exalted than that of Tahitian
royalty itself. When Moikeha appear
ed, wearing the white rare feather
cape and helmet, the real emblems
of that royalty, he was fully con
vinced. But true to the lore of those
days, and the usual custom attend
ant upon the entrance of a mali
hini of high rank, he put the usual
question, "Who art thou, etc," the
Hawaiian wording is much pretier.
"Owai ke Kama o oe?" Receiving
the answer, he introduced his daugh
ters, little dreaming that they had
already met the young chief early
that morning at surfing time and
that Cupid had been busy with these
personages of high rank ntid had
smitten all of them with his liow and
arrow. Place: the King's court at
Wailua, this island.
Solomon Kupihca, as messenger,
startled the old king from his re
verie when he announced that the
canoe bearing the foreign chief had
landed on the shores at Wailua. Pat
Maluna, as the dign tied old king,
ordered him to weliouie the strang
er to the court, iniulu a reque.;t that
his daughters be asked to come in.
The chanter (Joe Cummings) started
to chant of the beauties of Kauai.
The two priuccssoa, Miss Elaine Ma
hikoa as Honipoikamalunai (the
name is easy to pronuonce, try it)
und Miss Ailoen Scharsch as Hinauu
sang "Aloha from Hawaii," after
which the father introduced them.
They sung very sweetly, and they
were just us coy a.J the occasion de
manded. Senator Kealoha as Moi
keha, responded with "I never will
forget you," and ho didn't. If any
one ever thought before that the Sen
ator had no voice for singing, that
doubt was dispelled lust Suturday
night when he rendered that old fa
vorite "Just right," as one in the
audience stated later on.
The old king was so pleased to
think that his daughters "had fallen
for his plans that he promised right
there that Iiloikelia shall have his
daughters for wives, and after his
death, shall reign in his stead. Did
n't it. sound funny when the old
king Baid, "I see that my daughters
have fallen in love with you?" But
it seems that was the custom in those
days for the ladies, especially those
of high rank, to make advances a
sort of a perpetual leap year and
thus it turned out that one did not
take his rank from the father, but
from the mother. Those were the
days when the women were truly
and unquestioned the bosses.
The second scene represented the
selection of Kila, the youngest son
of Moikeha, to go to Kahiki for Laa.
the son whom Moikeha hud left be
hind. While the king was out mak
ing tho trial and selection, the
queens amused themselves by having
some of the court ladies dance the
hula. The hula was looked upon as
a source of amusement in those
days; that was before they became
commercialized and vulgarized by use
to arouse tho baser natures of men
and women. The hula as staged last
Saturday evening was artistic, and
was danced to show how the Ha
waiian royalty used to amuse them
selves. In passing, it might be stat
ed that the audience approved the
efforts of these artists from Wai
mea, Miss Mary Mulama and Miss
Helen Knpahu, so well, that Music
Director Keliinoi was obliged to al
low an encore on what had previous
ly been determined as a non-encore
program. There was no question but
that tho hula was the favorite num
ber on the program. A great many
of the strangers in the audience ex
pressed their appreciation of having
been given a chance to see something
they had heard so much about but
had not dreamed they would see.
The third scene represented Moi
keha giving his final instructions
to Kila, preparatory to his departure
for Kahiki. To offset the feeling of
sadness which the scene created the
chorus swung Into the Jazzy "Hole
Waimea," and thus ended this por
tion of the program.
The third part came on very soon
after. Five young lady dancers, each
dressed in the color of an island,
tripped the light fantastic toe to the
tur.e of "Puna Paia Aala," and went
through various figures in the beau
tiful butterfly dance. The applause
which followed this performance was
a well paid tribute to their work.
Then the dance. It was "some
dance." Those sweet melodies still
haunt those who took active part in
the dancing. When a tune was start
ed it did not take long to empty the
seats. Even those who had hereto
fore considered themselves wall flow
ers, were bewitched into dancing.
How can anyone help it? Joe Silva
on his violin, Lyons and Henry Kama
with their hula voices, and working
overtime at the guitar and ukuleles,
with Ben Ohai, Rose Maluna, and
Kupihea following the violin and
the piano, it were a folly to resist.
Comments were made that aU thru
the concert and dance, not a sheet
of music was used by the leader
at the piano. This may have ap
peared strange to some, but to those
who knew Mrs. Keliinoi it did not
The singers and the players were
much pleased with the sympathetic
and appreciative attitude of the au
dience, while those who came to have
a good time enjoyed the evening
very thoroughly. The "staging of an
Hawaiian night meant a great deal
of hard wprk in the practicing of
the various songs and parts and the
preparation of the costumes, but
hard work, as in this instance, Is for
gotton in the appreciation express
ed by those who composed the audience.
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