This chapters explores the opportunities and limits facing Hawaiian entertainers in the first two decades of the twentieth century, and the early rise of the Hawaiian steel guitar in the American consciousness. It examines the vaudeville career of Kekuku, July Paka, and Toots Paka’s Hawaiians. It details the earliest Hawaiian music recordings on wax cylinders and 78 rpm records. It also demonstrates the role of Richard Tully’s musical production, Bird of Paradise, and that of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exhibition in San Francisco, as principal purveyors of the Hawaiian steel guitar in North America. Due to the efforts of Hawaiian guitarists in vaudeville and other musical tours, recordings, and world fairs, Hawaiian music by the 1910s became some of the most popular music in North America.
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