Hawaiian Music Barred on the Atlantic City Boardwalk

Yaaka Hula Hickey DulaThis month in history — July 1910 — Hawaiian music was banned on the Atlantic City boardwalk.

In the early 1900s, Hawaiian music dazzled the U.S. mainland. Record houses pumped out songs, including “Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula,” “Pretty Baby,” and “She Sang Aloha to Me.” Through Hawaii corporations (e.g. Hawaii Promotion Committee and Hawaiian Pineapple Company), Hawaiian musicians promoted Hawaii around the world.

However, on the Atlantic City boardwalk, a hotel claimed Hawaiian music lowered standards. Read more about it in “Hawaii’s Music Barred on Walk.”

“Hawaii’s Music Barred on Walk”
The Hawaiian gazette, July 29, 1910, Image 2
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83025121/1910-07-29/ed-1/seq-2/

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