On Sunday afternoon, April 20, 1930, dedication services chaired by K. Miyasaki and S. Takata were held at Kauai’s Spalding Monument, which had been recently erected by Japanese residents of Kealia in honor of former Makee Sugar Co. owner Colonel Zephaniah S. Spalding (1837-1927).
Spalding Monument was constructed of concrete and lava rock two miles above Kealia at the junction of what was then called the Government Road, now known as Kealia Road, and Valley House Road, presently designated Hauaala Road.
Mounted in the center on a large stone was affixed a plaque bearing the likeness of Colonel Spalding, and below that plaque, another plaque was attached bearing an inscription with the date of Spalding’s birth and death.
Nowadays, and for quite some time, perhaps since the 1990s, both plaques remain, but the likeness of Col. Spalding on one plaque, and the inscription on the other, have been defaced.
The principal speaker at the dedication was Philip L. Rice, who would become, in 1956, the last chief justice of the Supreme Court of the Territory of Hawaii.
He noted that Spalding’s father-in-law, Captain James Makee, founded Makee Sugar Co. in 1877, and upon the death of Makee in 1878, Spalding purchased majority interest in Makee Sugar Co. to become its owner and manager.
Rice also mentioned that Spalding sold the controlling shares of Makee Sugar Co. to Lihue Plantation in 1916 for $1,500,000 (about $34,000,000 in today’s dollars).
S. Takata, who’d been elected president of the Society of American Citizens of Japanese Ancestry of Kauai for 1925, then remarked that Spalding, born in Ohio, had commanded the 27thOhio Infantry during the American Civil War, and in 1867, had arrived in Hawaii as a secret agent of the United States with the mission of learning what effects a proposed reciprocity treaty would have on relations between the United States and the Hawaiian Kingdom.
I. Araki followed with a Japanese translation of Takata’s speech, and Spalding’s son, Rufus, thanked the Kealia Japanese for the monument erected to his father’s memory.