Ukulele Ads

All our ukulele ads are online! On Hamilton Library’s Flickr and Pinterest sites, that is.

Most are from U.S. Mainland newspapers. Ukulele was once a fad on the Mainland, so I searched “ukulele” in newspapers from all states but Hawaii.

Since upload, the ukulele ads instantly became popular in our collection. Many viewers seemed to find them through searching “ukulele” on Flickr. 

Now we’re uploading Hawaiian souvenir ads, mostly from Hawaii Newspapers. Continuing with the Mainland’s fascination with Hawaii in the early 1900s, soon we’ll upload ads for Hawaiian music records!

Growing Up in Hanalei, Kauai

When she was growing up in Hanalei, Kauai, in the 1850s, Mrs. T. J. King befriended King Kamehameha IV, Queen Emma, and Queen Kapiolani. King played pranks on Kapiolani–putting sand in her bowl of pink poi and hiding her shoes up the tree.

Read more about it in King’s memories of growing up in Hanalei, Kauai, in “Reminiscences of Hanalei, Kauai”:

The Garden Island., May 22, 1917, Page 2, Image 2

The Garden Island., May 29, 1917, Page 2, Image 2

The Garden Island., June 05, 1917, Page 2, Image 2

Brother Joseph Dutton of Molokai

In the past five years, Father Damien and Marianne Cope became Hawaii’s first two Catholic saints. Brother Joseph Dutton could become the third. Like them, he spent the rest of his life, forty-two years, helping exiled leprosy victims in Kalaupapa, Molokai.

Brother Joseph wasn’t always a Catholic missionary. In Wisconsin, the civil war veteran succeeded in his career, but struggled with depression, a failed marriage, and alcoholism. At age forty, Brother Joseph adopted the Catholic faith, retired from his job, and started a new life. He told his friends,

I had a feeling that I wanted to be in touch with human sufferings, to be active in the relief of those of my fellow-beings who were afflicted, yet so as not to bring me in direct contact with the outside world.

Read more about Brother Joseph in “Washington Beau Brummel Who Turned Monk Spent 36 Years Among Lepers of Molokai.”

Washington Beau Brummel Who Turned Monk Spent 36 Years Among Lepers of Molokai
The evening world, June 28, 1922, Page 20

Prince Henry of Prussia’s Visit to Honolulu in 1879

When King Kalakaua visited England in 1881, Crown Prince Frederick III of Germany thanked him for hosting a reception for his son two years ago:

“Your majesty … I came to salute you and … express my thanks to you, for your kind treatment of my son, Prince Henry, when he made a visit to your Kingdom. I shall present myself to Your Majesty tomorrow.”

Prince Frederick then bowed to Kalakaua.

A lady in the Hawaiian court describes her eyewitness account of Prince Henry’s reception at Aliiolani Hale (the judicial building) in a letter. Read more about it in “Impress of the Prince.”

Native Hawaiian Musicians Performing in Four U.S. States

Mildred Leo Clemens, cousin of Mark Twain, chose six native Hawaiian musicians to perform at the Coit Alber Premier circuit in Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, and Ohio.

Musicians included Knulei Poina Ole, a steel guitarist; Ane Hila, a singer and dancer of ulululi (ancient warrior’s dance) and puili (bamboo dance); Kahaia Pahu, a singer; and Keoni and Kewini Panui, players of guitar, ukulele, steel guitar, and mandolin.

Read more about it in “Six of Hawaii’s Finest Musicians Coming Here from Islands…”

Chinese Playhouse at Liliha Street

In 1901, a Chinese playhouse opened at Liliha Street. Every night, the audience watched a show of romance, adventure, and tragedy.

The Pacific Commercial Advertiser reports, “The repertoire, it appears, is varied nightly, and impromptu changes and variations are at all times allowable. If one chances upon a play of tragic interest, he will probably be treated to an unusually loud banging of gongs, screeching of stringed gourds and wailing of the remainder of the inferno of Oriental orchestral instruments.”

Read more about it in “Chinese Play House.”