I fail to see the "hit" aspect to this article. It looks like a solid, short cultural history piece to me, with perhaps a slight dig at the sort of folks who still assume that "older" means "better." The article focuses on Tin Pan Alley's take on Hawai'i, but it does mention what locals were doing as well.
All opinions personal, not official , etc.
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Hawaiian 1916 Hit Piece
In particular addressed to Malcolm Rockwell, but shared with everyone, there's this:
My feeling is that this is sort of bad musicology. You can read the history this way, but along with the faddish Tin Pan Alley stuff an awful lot of fine, authentic Hawaiian music also appeared on records and in print in 1916 and they don't mention that. And I do not think "Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula" is 'worse' than Justin Timberlake. Just my thoughts,
David Neal Lewis