Christmas Greetings to Hawaii Nei ... and to you!
- Merry Christmas to each of you who have shared your thoughts and "DB
finds" throughout 2002. Here are some holiday treats gleaned from
The Christmas Eve, 1926, edition of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin offers
a number of ads created by Don Blanding. One of these, a 4-column ad
titled "A Rainbow of Good wishes from The Hawaii Music Co.," may be
in the Don Blanding folder. Featuring island volcanoes, clouds and a
rainbow, it is signed BLANDING at the base of the palm tree.
The Friday, December 24, 1926, editorial page includes a verse by DB:
Christmas Greetings to Hawaii Nei
from the Honolulu Star-Bulletin
This is our Yuletide wish . . . that you may see
How, in Hawaii, every vine and shrub and tree
Is decked with festive gauds and brave display
Of colors for our Island Christmas day;
At night the palms drip silver tinsel from the moon
And gleam with powdered star-dust, while at noon
Bright flecks of sun-gold glint and catch the eye
And ribbons of the rainbow drape across the sky.
What with the music of glad laughter in the air
And happy greetings of Aloha everywhere
We know our wish will certainly come true,
"A gay and merry Christmas day to you."
The Star-Bulletin's calendar lists several holiday activities,
including Christmas Eve midnight masses at the Cathedral of Our Lady
of Peace, Fort St., and other city churches. On December 25, the
Hawaiian Trail and Mountain club sponsored a Christmas tree and kid
party for grown-ups at Waimanalo clubhouse, and football fans could
attend the U of Hawaii vs. U of South Dakota game at Honolulu stadium.
I wonder how DB celebrated Christmas 1926....