KAMEHAMEHA FIRST, of the Hawaiian
Islands, conquered his foes in a great battle,
driving them over the high mountain-peak
known as the Pali--one of the famous scenic views of
the world, and the goal of all visitors in Honolulu.
The Hula (pronounced hoola) was the national
muscle and abdominal dance of Hawaii, and the late
King Kalakua was its enthusiastic patron. The costume
of the dancers was composed chiefly of skirts of grass.
The Hula (so attired) is now forbidden by law. The
Hula Kui is a modification of the dance, and exceedingly
Many charming young self-supporting women in
Honolulu trace their ancestry back to Kamehameha with
great pride. The chant is a weird sing-song which
relates the conquests of the race.
It is the custom in Honolulu to present guests at
feasts and festivals, or departing visitors, with long
wreaths of natural flowers, and which are worn by men,
as well as women, about the head, hat, and neck. These
wreaths, called leis (pronounced lays), sometimes reach
below the waist.
The flower-sellers are one of the national features
The New Hawaiian girl; a play. By Ella Wheeler
Illus. by John Prendergast.
London, Gay & Hancock, 1910.