Bina Mossman

Bina Mossman was born on this day - January 7, 1893.  She is remembered for a great many contributions to Hawai’i.

Bina was the founder and leader of her eponymously titled Bina Mossman’s Glee Club for 30 years from 1914 to 1944, and then later the leader of the Ka’ahumanu Choral Group which performed at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, the Halekulani Hotel, the Hawaiian Village, the Queen’s Surf, the Moana Surfrider, and Princss Ka’iulani from 1952 to 1968.  The latter group also toured the mainland and performed at the New York World’s Fair in 1964.

Auntie Bina was also extremely active in the community and in politics - first as member and, later, president of the Republican Women’s Club, then the Territorial Legislature between 1939 and 1945, and finally as the Republican National Committeewoman from 1940 through 1957.

But of utmost importance to the history of Hawaiian music are her compositions.  Auntie Bina wrote some of the most beautiful and memorable songs, and for this reason they have been recorded time and again by Hawaiian music artists from every generation.

Because Ho’olohe Hou prides itself on unearthing forgotten Hawaiian music and artists, I thought we might honor Auntie Bina by featuring her compositions performed by several different generations of Hawaiian music artists - and all from recordings long out of print.  Here are the songs and the artists:

Ka Pua U’I - John Pi’ilani Watkins

He Ono - Kui and Nani Lee

Kipikoa - Tony Lindsey and Friends

Ku’u Lei - Auntie Agnes Malabey Weisbarth and The Ho’oipo Trio

Niu Haohao - Sam Kapu

Ko Kapa Ana Mai - Na Keonimana

Laelae - The Sandwich Isle Band

For more information about these artists or the albums from which these cuts were drawn, drop me a line at hwnmusiclives@aol.com.

Direct download: Bina_Mossman_-_Seven_Songs.mp3
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