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Bl-- M rilTi. lensuous, rrjythmkal*
I ng girls of tropical
duskinesa, clothed in a few con?
ventional bcads. tall and lithe as the
-aim tree. thoir bare shoulders rising
j-d fallir.g to the woird. plaint
tm note of the native ukelele?
ihit is the popular idea of WaikiVi
Beach at Honolulu. But the man who
xrr0*? "On thc Beach at Waikiki" got
hin local color along the Jersey coa.st
There are more beautiful. rhythmical'y
<waving girls in the cabarets along the
palisade? than there are in all of Hono?
A SWAY1NG. RHYTHMICALLY
BEAUTIFUL LINE? WELL,
NO; NOT PRECISELY
I went to Honolulu, expecting to have
8 ibUggle te get through the .swaying
*o my hotel to leave my bags before
returning to mingle with them socially.
but I found the jaffl was comparatively
mild. The swaying line consisted of
two gran.r*-. *;hcrs in nightgowns. who
devoted themselves to selling "leis" to
newcomcrs a: prices that would makf*
Thorlcy seem like a philanthropical
Thc r.ightg.nvn is the national cos?
tume of our mid-Pacinc possession.
When the good lady missionaries came
from Boston. one hundred and
twenty day? around the Horn. they
found the native women content to de
pend on the palms for shelter until the
men folks had gone away. when they
would come out in the sweet simplicity
m\ ke 1 frolic in childish inno
(ence until they Saw the men folks re?
turning. when they would again retire
?fxMik' There's a Native!"
to thr protective palm. The good ladie
of Boston. shocked at the paucity of
palms. decided that they would manage
with fewer nightgowns and passed
their.*- over to the simple children of nat?
ure. Almost over night nightgowns
became the rage among the natives of
Honolulu to such an extent that no lady
who did not have one of her own could
hnpe to be a social leader. It made
v,rt difference how many beads she had
.?r how much henna she might put mi
her lingernail*-; she was n^t accepted by
the people who count until she had a
nightgown of her own.
thi; good-as it were?old
days arl gone krom
Coincidentally and at the same time
clothing became the rage with men.
ration after generation of men had
along in the even tenor of their
nothing but the truth way. wearing a
Mll sk'.n. looking every man in the eye
and knowing not shame, wht n the m;e
pionaries | ut some clothes. and
immediately the men began, if thej
' ifln't have on a shirt or something, lo
feel ill at ease. But there weren't enough
rlothef?not enough to go around. So
the jeut> were divided up among the
-imple children of the soil. who consid
crr*d themselves unfit to mingle in mixed
?*. Dolflfll they had something on.
Bfl when a church was opened no man
""?ould attend services un'ess he consid
"fed himself properly attired for the oc?
casion. Of a Sunday morning an inter
ttted spectator, as Washington Irving
THE TRUTH ABOUT WAIKIKI
Bv HOMER CROY
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"Ow ./wf flfflcA fl. Waikiki" Isn't What It's Said To Be. Hula Girls Are All
A way, Dancing in Some Cabaret. If, Perchance, One Shows Her Face, Movie
Men at Once Give C/iase. Reels of Film and Studios, Natives in Mail-Order^
Clothes, These ?A/as!?Are What Yott'll See "On the Beach at Waikiki."
would say. would have been gladdened
by the ught of these same simple chil?
dren stringing down thc aisle. one clad
m a shirt. another in a coat and a third
.iauntily striding along in a cuff.
But those days are gone. The men are
now given to bib overalls and sport col?
lars and go to church only when there is
an iee cream supper. The women no long?
er affect the sweet. simple beads t.ia*
are so appealing to out-of-town people.
but go in for the loose fitting nightgow n.
THE AUTHOR'S SHATTERED
DREAMS OF MONKEYS AND
OTHER TROPIC TRIFLES
I had looked forward to the tropical
wildness of the islands, eager to revel
ir. the Western fastness. expect ing I
monkeys chattering in the tops of the
eocoanut palms as the great ship pushed
up to the docks, thinking how nice it
would be to pause on the way to the
hotel and have a simian throw down a
eocoanut to me, but I found there was
not a monkey on the five islands. The\
wnn't land them. -Even the best regu
lated circuses can't get ashore with their
trained animals. The authorities aro
nol g"ing to take any chances of th<"
an-'mals spreading disease, and even il
they did have monkeys in Hawaii they
would not be used for throwing down
cocoanuts. Cocoanuts are not gathered
lhat way. It has been found by eocoa?
nut growers that boys don't throw down
the nuts with such fatal accuracy.
Before the stern
lines of Diamond -gr ? <
Head loomed up be
fore me I had
d r e a m e d in my
steamer chair of
the long line of
dusky maids, con
ody of the native
and how I would go
up and down the
line trying to decide
which one was the
most beautiful, but
when I.got there 1
found that all the
had left for Ameri?
ca to go into the
Waikiki was packed
with maids all right.
but they were all
from Iowa. lf by
chance some native
maid who had had to
stay at home pas
-***d along the beaeh
there would be such
a rush in her direc ? -'-***?
tion and such a
clicking nf ihutten that she wouid
have to gether up the skirts of her mis
lionary nightgown and dash for a
The only native Hawaiian maids now
lefl on the islands are lassies who have
Been the palm trees bear and give forth
many a.fruitful season, and who would
rather spend their time kissing the
neckl of their grandchildren than en
gaging in light chatter with people from
Des Moincs and point? i
Their home life il comparatively
imple, usually consiiting of s grass hut
and a tive gallon can of Standard Oil.
Nothing do they love more than litting
in front of their
rustic homes with
their hands idly on
their kneee and gaz
t ntvr dreamily at the
the beach. wait ing
for l native girl to
come along. <n*.
a ga i n. they lo\e,
when the grea!
golden orb of the
tropicai day is li
lently sinking into
the west, to take
their place on a
boulder at the oeean
side and launder a
few of their chil?
dren's simple gar
I had imagined be
Native Hula Girl Sitling Out a Dance
fore I go1 there that Waikiki would bn
lined with beautiful maids doing the
hula-hula up and down the beach for
the pure-love-of-it. but I found that it
has been a long time since a kaikama
hine has done a hula-hula for the pure
love-of-it. The only way you can now
induce her to engage in a little hula
hula is to get together a party and pass
around the hat with the sky for a limit.
The motion picture people have put the
pure-love-of-it hula-hulas out of busi?
ness. That's a thing you learn after
you have been there a short time?to
spring native words. There wouldn't
be any need going anywhere if you did
not pick up a few
native words to slip
in when it can be
that it is nice tn
know is "luau." A
"luau" is a feast,
and at the bottom
of the page we
have the picture of
o u r photographer
was able to sna*
i tribe of na
in a "luau." The
villagers were gath
ered together, ready
to go through their
holy rites, when our
bled upon them.
The Author Meets a Savage from Oberlin. Ohio
They have won a victory over a rival
native tribe and the head hunters are
out with their long spears in celebra?
tion of the event. The pig is ready to
be drowned, for the Kanakas alwa>s
drown their pig before roasting it, in
order to save the blood. The holy tapas
is spread on the ground and King Poi
poi to the left has his royal headdress
on. ready to give the word for the fc?
tivities to proceed. The king's dress ia
made of beautiful yellow feathers, only
one growing on the breast of a bird?th<
oo bird. This headdress has been used
by the Hawaiians for hundreds of years
and is still their, royal robe. The Ha?
waiians are a peace loving people, but
when they must fight they sharpen their
long spears and fight to the death. A
great many men put out in outrigger
boats that clear, beautiful morning, but
only these fprty came back. Little do
we know of the silent tragedies that are
going on in the shadow of the Ameriean
flag. . . .
SPEARS THAT "KNOW NO BROTH?
ER" SAVE THE RESOURCEFUL
Such is what the public believes; such
is what the public pays its dime to see.
Now, to look behind the scenes.
The tall gentleman in the poorly
pressed pants is none other than the
writer of this article, and the native in
the royal headdress is a graduate of
Oberlin (Ohio). You have guessed it
. . . the movies.
Every soul in the
picture save the
ealler on the holy
tapas. is a native
Hawaiiah getting a
dollar a day. The
men had never seen
a spear until the
pushed spears into
their hands and told
them which end to
keep up. But that's
what the people
want to see, and
the movie rnag
nates are notorious
ly ready to give
the public the thrills
it wants ? even if
they have to hire a
man from Oberlin
(Ohio) to be the
..eight of the cab?
aret season Honolu?
lu is deserted. save
t'or the tourists and
motion picture act
ors. The sight of a
native walking alorg
the streets set the
city agog with wonder and amazement.
"This way, boys; there's a Hawaiiau
out this morning. .See, down there with
the crowd around him. Do you suppose
he can understand English?"
Around him they gather. and ply him
with a few simple phra.se?, whereupon
the native begins to discuss the tariff
and art for art's sake.
All is qulet in the motion picture
?amp, when suddenly a fleet footed run?
ner comes reeling up with the news that
a native hula girl has been seen on tha
>each. The camera men come to life.
Leaping up and seizing their rameras,
they pause while the staggering runner
points out the direction and then they
rush after her. Frightened, the hula
girl sinks her crutches in the sand and
ilees, looking neither to the right nor to
the left as long as she can hear the hot
panting of thc heartlcss camera men.
TWO IS COMPANY, THREES \
MIGHTY CROWD?IF THEY
BE HULA GIRLS
The direetor who can get three native
hula girls together at the same time is
looked on as a genius. and immediately
the report gets back D. W. f.riffith be?
gins to go green.
The few girls who have home ties and
who have to stay in Honolulu and poso
in pictures methodically set about,
when the call comes, getting ready to bo
photographed. Laying aside their
Montgomery Ward blouses. they let
down their hair, take off their Bellas
Hess stockings, slip out of their Seen,
Roebuck shirts, and don the simple poe
The Dancing Maater of Waikiki
tumes that the direetor has provided for
them. climb into the director's Packard
and ride down to the beach, where the
property man has put up a couple of
grass nuts, and begin to do their hula
hula at three dollars an hour.
When the globe of golden glow haa
sunk into the west and the camera man
calls out "light's off," the tfiree girls
climb into their car and motor back to
town with the breezes fanning their
cold creamed temples, happy and at
peace with the world. After the theatre
that night they go out with a party to
a lobster supper, trip the terpsichorenn
toe to an orchestra of the class of '17
getting to leave for the Eastern front
vaudeville trenches, then motor home
to catch some sleep before time to re?
port at the studio.
THERE IS NOTHING SIMPLE OR
PRIMITIVE ABOUT THE
Waikiki Beach, the Coney Island of
Hawaii, is five cents out from Honolulu,
and is a body of sand surrounded by
hotels. And it; may be remarked in
passing that these same hotels are not
in the business for their health. After
you have put up at one of them for a
couple of weeks you will find that if they
have ever been indisposed at any time
they have fully and completely re?
covered. The only trace of illness you
will bo able to find will be a slight head
achfl on your own part when the bill
The beach itself is given over to surf
board riding, than which nothing looks
easier and than which nothing g ves one
more bruises. It's a beautiful :*ight to
see the islanders come steaming in,
ittadi-t upright on a plank about tho
of a table leaf, with the spray smok
ing around them: a beautiful sight?
until ;,o" try it and st range hands carry
you to the soft sands and you suddenly
find that the world is full of kindly
people and linen in long strips.