In May 1965, actress Nancy Kwan — who’d achieved stardom five years earlier for her performance as Suzie Wong in the romantic drama film “The World of Suzie Wong,” also starring William Holden — was interviewed on Kauai by Honolulu newspaperman Sean O’Neill during filming of the comedy “Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.,” in which she co-starred with Dick Van Dyke.
During 1923 and 1924, Helen Heffron Roberts (1888-1985), a trained musician and anthropologist headquartered at the Bishop Museum, Honolulu, recorded for the first time over 700 ancient mele and oli chanted by aged Hawaiians throughout the Hawaiian Islands, which are archived for posterity on wax cylinders at Bishop Museum.
Born in New Mexico and raised in Texas, Allan H. “Papio” Ezell (1915-1970) was a territorial legislator from Maui from 1948 to 1950, and again from Kauai from 1958 to 1959, who while on the campaign trail was known for amusing his constituents by speaking Tahitian, Samoan, Hawaiian and English with a Texas accent.
Lester Beauclerk Robinson (1901-1969) was the great-grandson of Eliza McHutcheson Sinclair, who’d purchased the island of Niihau from Kamehameha V in the names of her two sons, Francis and James Sinclair, as indicated on Royal Patent No. 2944, dated Feb. 23, 1864.
Born in Minnesota and educated at Pomona College, California, Hawaii bank executive Edward Joesting (1925-1986) was the author of the book “Kauai: The Separate Kingdom,” published in 1984 – a history of Kauai encompassing the time of pre-Western contact through to the end of the Hawaiian Monarchy in 1893.
When the first hippies arrived on Kauai in 1967 from the Mainland United States, they went to Kalalau Valley, but left a short time later, 15 men and women in all, after being warned by Warren Robinson of Gay & Robinson that they were trespassing on 780 acres of private property under permit to his father, Selwyn Robinson.
During World War II, sugar planter, rancher and politician Charles Atwood Rice (1876-1964) — the grandson of Kauai missionaries William Harrison and Mary Sophia Hyde Rice, and the son of William Hyde Rice, the governor of Kauai under Queen Liliuokalani — entertained numerous military personnel on Kauai at his Kipu Ranch, now the private property of Wm. Hyde Rice, Ltd.