Bina Mossman

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Bina Mossman, 1954

Bina Kailipaina Nieper Mossman (January 7, 1893 – May 20, 1990) was a ukulele player, vocalist, composer, and Republican Party office holder. She is best known for having been tutored in music and pronunciation of Hawaiian words by Queen Liliuokalani.[1]

Early life and family[edit]

She was born Bina Nieper in Honolulu to John Theodore Nieper and his wife Susan Kaiokulani Titcomb. Her father's family immigrated to Hawaii from Germany as sugar plantation laborers.[2] She married stevedore Richard Norman Mossman in 1912. They became parents of two sons, Richard Jr. and Sterling, and two daughters, Ynez and Mapuana. Sterling Mossman was a detective with the Honolulu Police Department by day, and followed in Bina's footsteps at night entertaining for two decades in Waikiki as Sterling Mossman and his Barefoot Bar Gang.[3]

Music career[edit]

From 1914 until 1917, Bina Mossman's Glee Club rehearsed under Queen Liliuokalani's supervision at Washington Place. According to her 1971 account for the Watamull Foundation Oral History Project, at the Queen's lying in state and funeral, the glee club was chosen to be part of the kahili bearers who stood watch over the coffin for two hours at a time, waving the kahilis and singing Liliuokalani's compositions.[2][4]

In the 1950s she formed the Kaahumanu Choral Group, an all female group composed of mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers. They were billed as being direct descendants of Hawaiian royalty.[5][2]

In 1950, Mossman wrote "Nâ Kipikoa" (Stevedore Hula), recorded by Genoa Keawe and her Hawaiians.[6][7]

Political career[edit]

After the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution gave women the right to vote, Mossman began working behind the scenes in Hawaii's Republican Party. With her first political convention, she involved herself in committee work, and was elected to handle music entertainment for meetings. By 1935, she was working in administrative positions with the territorial legislature. Mossman served as the first woman legislator from Hawaii's 5th district of Oahu for three terms, beginning in 1938. That year, she was elected National Committeewoman of the Republican Party.[8] She was appointed High Sheriff of Honolulu 1953–1957.[9]

Later life and death[edit]

Bina Mossman died in 1990. In 1998, she was elected to the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame.[10]

Discography[edit]

Bina Mossman's Glee Club discography
Year Title Composer/Lyricist/Arranger Label Matrix Notes Ref(s)
1928 "Kuu lei mokihana" Charles E. King Columbia 146679 [11]
1928 "He ono" (Delicious) Bina Mossman Columbia 146679 with the Honolulu Serenaders [12][13]
1928 "Niu haohao" (Young Coconut) Bina Mossman Columbia 146700 with the Honolulu Serenaders [14][15]
1928 "Lei i ka mokihana" Henry W. Waiau Columbia 146703 [16]
1928 "That's what the lei said to me" Alfred Perez Columbia 146727 with the Honolulu Serenaders [17]
1935 "Paauau" Charles E. King Victor BVE-89039 Alice Johnson, soprano soloist [18]
1935 "Hoonanea" Lena Machado Victor BVE-89040 [19]
1935 "Ka ulua" Charles E. King Victor BVE-89048 [20]
1935 "Lei ilima" Charles E. King Victor BVE-89049 [21]
1935 "Kalakaua" Johnny Noble Victor BVE-89051 Chant [22]
1935 "Kaleponi' Bina Mossman Victor BVE-89052 [23][24]
1935 "Mi nei" Charles E. King Victor BVE-89053 [25]
1935 "Hooheno na pua" Bina Mossman, Hana Pring Victor BVE-89074 [26]
1935 "Manoa" Bina Mossman Victor BVE-89075 [27]
1935 "Ula noweo" Ralph Young Victor BVE-89077 [28]
1935 "Anapau" Ralph Young Victor BVE-89078 [29]
1935 "Papalina lahilahi" Bina Mossman Victor BVE-89080 [30]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Carr 2014
  2. ^ a b c Mossman 1979
  3. ^ "spotlight on Sterling Mossman". Hawaiian Time Machine. Retrieved February 17, 2017. 
  4. ^ Thrum 1918
  5. ^ "Hawaiian Princesses to be Presented at Bowl Concert". San Bernardino, CA: The San Bernardino County Sun. July 26, 1960. p. 17. Retrieved February 17, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ "Nâ Kipikoa (Stevedore Hula)". huapala.org. 
  7. ^ "Stevedore Hula". Hawaiian Music Collection. University of Hawaii at Manoa. Retrieved February 17, 2017. 
  8. ^ Hewlett, Frank (May 6, 1940). "Bina Mossman Achieves Goal, After 18 Years in Politics". Honolulu, HI: Honolulu Star-Bulletin. p. 17. Retrieved February 17, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. (Subscription required (help)). 
  9. ^ Judd & Hilleary 1954
  10. ^ "Bina Mossman". Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 17, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Columbia matrix 146679. Kuu lei mokihana / Bina Mossman's Glee Club". DAHR. UC Santa Barbara. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  12. ^ "He ono". huapala. Retrieved February 18, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Columbia matrix 146699. He ono / Bina Mossman's Glee Club ; Honolulu Serenaders". DAHR. UC Santa Barbara. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Niu Haohao". huapala. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Columbia matrix 146700. Niu haohao / Bina Mossman's Glee Club ; Honolulu Serenaders". DAHR. UC Santa Barbara. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Columbia matrix 146703. Lei i ka mokihana". DAHR. UC Santa Barbara. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Columbia matrix 146727. That's what the lei said to me". DAHR. UC Santa Barbara. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Victor matrix BVE-89039. Paauau". DAHR. UC Santa Barbara. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Victor matrix BVE-89040. Hoonanea". DAHR. UC Santa Barbara. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Victor matrix BVE-89048. Ka ulua". DAHR. UC Santa Barbara. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Victor matrix BVE-89049. Lei ilima". DAHR. UC Santa Barbara. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Victor matrix BVE-89051. Kalakaua". DAHR. UC Santa Barbara. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Kaleponi Hula - Hele Au I Kaleponi". huapala. Retrieved February 18, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Victor matrix BVE-89052. Kaleponi". DAHR. UC Santa Barbara. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Victor matrix BVE-89053. Mi nei". DAHR. UC Santa Barbara. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Victor matrix BVE-89074. Hooheno na pua". DAHR. UC Santa Barbara. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  27. ^ "Victor matrix BVE-89075. Manoa". DAHR. UC Santa Barbara. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  28. ^ "Victor matrix BVE-89077. Ula noweo". DAHR. UC Santa Barbara. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  29. ^ "Victor matrix BVE-89078. Anapau". DAHR. UC Santa Barbara. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  30. ^ "Victor matrix BVE-89080. Papalina lahilahi". DAHR. UC Santa Barbara. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 

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