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.”

Queen Liliuokalani on the Day Her Country Lost Independence

“On the morning of August 12, 1898, troops from the warship USS Philadelphia marched ashore for the ceremony at Iolani Palace formally recognizing the annexation of the Hawaiian Islands by the United States. lowering the Hawaiian flag in 1898.

“On the morning of August 12, 1898, a ceremony at Iolani Palace marked the U.S. annexation of Hawaii. The Royal Hawaiian Band played Hawaii Ponoi as the Hawaiian flag went down and The Star-Spangled Banner as the American flag went up.”

What was Queen Liliuokalani doing? She stayed in her home, Washington Place, with family members and loyalists:

Alice Rix: “I thought perhaps you would go away—into the country.”

Queen Lili’uokalani: “Why? I came here to be near my people—to show them how to meet this. It has come upon us together—you understand? Together. I am not alone. My people lose their country; they lose their identity. Should I run away and shut my eyes and my ears when so many of them had to remain here in their homes? My home is also here, in Honolulu [Washington Place]. It gives us all courage to think of others. I remembered my people this day and they remembered me. We bore our trouble together. I did not leave my house….”

Read more about it in “How the Ex-queen Passed the Twelfth of August.”

“How the Ex-queen Passed the Twelfth of August.”
The San Francisco call, August 28, 1898, Image 17

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.”