Nuclear fireball seen in the sky south of Kauai

On Friday, Oct. 19, 1962, at 10:29 p.m., a number of Kauai residents observed a brilliant, green-rimmed, orange fireball that burst low over Kauai’s southwest horizon, remained visible for about 10 seconds, and then faded into a reddish glow before disappearing.

A Menehune was seen at Waimea School In 1929

In Hawaiian folklore, the Menehune are a legendary race of small people, only very rarely seen, who live deep within the woodlands and seldom frequented valleys of the Hawaiian Islands.

Working on the island of Niihau

During 1993, while employed as a U.S. Department of Agriculture entomological technician, I had the privilege of visiting Niihau several times to assist entomologist Dr. Roger Vargas with his insect survey of the island.

The McBryde Sugar Company Railroad

McBryde Sugar Co. Ltd., in operation on Kauai from 1899 to 1996, with its lands initially extending eastward from Eleele for eight miles along the southern coast of Kauai to Kukuiula, began building its railroad system at the outset of its organization on May 25, 1899.

Princess Ruth Keelikolani and Kauai

Princess Ruth Keelikolani (1826-1883) — in her day the wealthiest woman in all Hawaii — visited Kauai often, typically arriving by inter-island steamer at Nawiliwili Bay, where a rowboat would carry her to the Kalapaki Landing.

Hauling cane for McBryde Sugar Co.

Our Island History columnist, Hank Soboleski, made some of his own Kauai history as a cane haul driver for McBryde Sugar Company in the early 1980s.

Kauai wild boar hunter Diedrich Prigge Jr.

One of Kauai’s all-time great wild boar hunters was Diedrich Prigge Jr. (1906-1980), the son of German immigrant and longtime Kauai schoolteacher Diedrich Prigge Sr. and Hannah Kaai Prigge of Anahola.

Kauai schoolteacher Mrs. Lucy Wright

Mrs. Lucy Kapahu Aukai Wright was born on Kauai, was of Hawaiian-Chinese ancestry, and after completing studies on Oahu returned to Kauai as principal and sole teacher at Anahola English School.