Volume VI, Number 3.
Easter - Its Origin
Easter - the very name brings new
faith and hope to a troubled world.
Its origin began in the legends and
folklore of the so- called pagans. William
Bede, an English monk, the most
eminent scholar of his day and often
referred to as " the Father of English
Learning" provides what seems
to be the earliest record of the origin
of the name. It began as the Festial
of " Ostara", ancient Teutonic goddess
Most of the historic Easter customs
can be traced to the early races and
tribes of Indo- European origin. They
gathered to celebrate the beginning of
new life, the budding of the trees, the
awakening of flowers, the passing
of winter, and the coming of spring.
There were tournaments and games
and a holiday spirit prevailed into
the night when huge bonfires were
burned and often an effigy of winter
was thrown into the flames amid much
rejoicing, while the ancient Greeks
and Romans gathered at the time of
the vernal equinox to rejoice and celebrate
their belief in the resurrection
of " Attis", the God of Vegetation.
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Pearl Harbor, T. H.
On The Quarter Deck
Hawaii in the moonlight!!! Bare
feet on the teak ! ! ! Music over a
Last Tuesday night the Bray troupe
of Hawaiian entertainers came aboard
at seven thirty and gave us
one of the most interesting and entertaining
shows it has ever been our
privilege to witness on board a ship.
Under the ample lighting facilities afforded
by several spot lights every
one got to see the transition and developement
of the hula from the days
before Kamehameha and the missionaries,
through the advent and addition
of musical instruments in Hawaii
to it, up to the present ultra modern
In between numbers that unbeatable
quartette of mountaineer singers from
the Ozarks gave us their interpretation
of " The Martins and McCoys".
Even the performers were impressed.
Then the Hawaiians swung into some
fast and humorous versions of the hula
and we were impressed!
One dance by a petite Hawaiian lass
was performed mostly for the benefit
of one, namely Worthington of the
shipfitters. A red beet would have
seemed wan and pale compared with
the fiery red which suffused his face,
but it gave everyone a big laugh.
The best act came when the dancers
went out among the audience to select
men as hula partners. Hill, colored
messboy, was the first to succumb
to the charms of one of the
dancers, and he " hula'd" bravely, unconsciously
putting a few jig steps
in the dance.
( Continued on pag~ 4.)
16 April, 1938.
Honolulu is the largest city in the
world - because Palmyra Islets, 950
miles south are a part of the City of
Kawaiaohao Church -' Westminster
Abbey of Hawaii' - is constructed of
coral blocks hewn from the reef on the
outskirts of the harbor.
Captain Cook named the islands
" Sandwich Islands", in honor of the
Earl of Sandwich, head of the British
Admiralty in 1779. Later the group
was named the " Hawaiian Islands"
after the largest island of the group,
Kamehameha I conquered the Island
of Hawaii as the result of local
wars. In 1790 he conquered Maui, the
2nd largest island of the group, and in
1795 journeyed to the Island of Oahu
with a number of canoes to invade it.
He became then the ruler of the three
largest islands, and by establishing
such a great moral ascendency over
them the island of Kauai was later
peaceably ceded to him. He is called
the " Napoleon of the Pacific", and
deeds of the great ruler have been
recorded in song and story.
There is not a snake or poisonous
reptile in the islands. Visitors can go
anywhere in the territory without fear
of deadly reptiles of any kind. The bite
of the centipede, while about as painful
as a bee- sting, is not dangerous.
Near Honolulu torch fishing is done
on the reef of the Ala Moana road,
Waikiki, and off the shore at the