Back in the Day: June 14, 1929


POSTED: Sunday, June 14, 2009

”;Back in the Day,”; appearing every Sunday, takes a look at articles that ran on this date in history in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Hawaii's oldest continuously published daily newspaper. The items appear verbatim, so don't blame us today for yesteryear's bad grammar.


'Chanters' from Los Angeles make merry with song

“;Jimmy”; Jump and the “;Seafaring Chanters”; of Al Malaikah temple, Los Angeles, swept uptown from the Malolo Thursday with a tide of song that floated them all the way out to the beach hotels.

Twenty-seven strong, the Chanters, in spotless white, with maroon ties and their red fezzes, invaded the Star-Bulletin building and serenaded the suprised and delighted staff.

Business nearly stopped for a busy afternoon paper, as well as for other establishments on Merchant St. while the Al Malaikah host did its tuneful stuff.

Led By R. S. Sargent, director, the Chanters rollicked through a dozen brisk choruses, seafaring and otherwise, including one daringly directed to the pretty girls of The Star-Bulletin staff and hinting that some of the said singers would be not unwilling to miss the homebound boat.

It was the second visit to Honolulu of Al Malaikah's famous group of singers, and this 1929 host was voted an even more tuneful organization than the first.

“;Jimmy”; Jump, who has been in Hawaii several times previously, and who helped years ago to put gamefishing “;on the map”; here, was back with his fellow-Shriners, as genial and brisk and enthusiastic as ever. People all over Hawaii know Jimmy, and he said this morning he might stop over here a few weeks and try the fishing again.

The Chanters finished their Star-Bulletin serenade with “;I Love You, Honolulu,”; Harry Lauder's song written for the Honolulu Ad Club, and “;Aloha Oe,”; and then The Star-Bulletin folks gave the visitors three rousing cheers.