80 Years AgoFrom the Feb. 17, 1920 issue
TRAIL ROBBERY — At the point of a revolver, a masked bandit held up the Kekaha
pay car at 4:50 last Wednesday afternoon, forced the occupants to disembark,
and unhooking the engine from the train took the throttle himself and ran away
with the strongbox containing $11,387, one thousand dollars of which was in
…A Hawaiian by the name of Hali has been held for investigation,
as tracks leading from where the bundle was found were traced to Hali’s house
not far away.
Yesterday the money was found by Mr. Weber in a lard tin,
hidden away among the rushes within about 200 feet of Hali’s house. A careful
count revealed that the full original amount was all there save
STRIKE TACTICS? — both Saturday and Sunday nights were
alarmingly disturbed at McBryde by a series of cane fires, nine in number,
which burned an aggregate of some 90 acres of crop cane. It is reported that
there was more or less reluctance on the part of the Mill Camp laborers to turn
out and put out these fires, which may, of curse, mean that there is a general
sympathy with this sort of violence. And this may indicate strike
CHINESE CELEBRATION —Old fashioned Chinese New Year was
celebrated by the local Chinese last week by closing up their places of
business for three days and spending their time entertaining friends and
otherwise enjoying themselves according to ancient tradition. Due probably to
the high cost of celebration as well as other things, a decrease was notable in
the amount of noise made by firecrackers in past years.
YEARS —Konohi Fat Choy” or Chinese New Years, was celebrated in our midst
during the last week, as most people have been made aware. For this one brief
period of three days or so, the Chinaman turns aside from his daily labors and
devotes himself to social and festal affairs. Then he turns to again from
another year of steady, unbroken work, more or less envying his neighbors, who
can have a a holiday every few days.
66 Years Ago
From the Feb.
20, 1934 issue
KEKAHA LIGHTS UP — People in Kealia and its vicinity
are rejoicing over the installation of electric lights in their homes. As a
result many homes have purchased radios and it is a common sight to see groups
of men working every Sunday installing radio poles for aerial wires. Salesmen
are also making their rounds to sell electrical equipment.
Kealia was the
only reaming large plantation community on the island that did not have
electrical service, up to the recent installation.
Approximately 50 westside amateur fishermen enjoyed a delightful hekka dinner
at the home of T. Masuda of Waimea following a fishing contest ending last week
in which M. Kouchi of Waimea received a silver loving cup as first prize winner
with a total catch of 283 1/2 pounds, while S. Masaki, also of Waimea, ranked
second with the largest catch, a 46 pound ulua.
TENNIS ANYONE — A
petition signed by some 200 citizens, residents, institutions and organizations
of the district of Lihue, requesting the construction and maintenance of public
tennis court was presented to the Board of Supervisors at their regular meeting
…Immediately after the reading of the petition, Chang
spoke in favor of the petition and moved that it be recommended to the CWA
committee. Peters then asked to see the petition and when presented with it, he
carefully went over every name that was signed. Chang jokingly commented,
“Peters is counting the votes now.”
MOONLIGHT PICNIC — the Huleia
Mystic Club and many guests enjoyed a moonlight picnic at Lawai beach last week
at which Frank Scudder, Mystic chief was present.
Miss Kila Malina was in
charge of the affair. Refreshments were served by Miss Bessie Wiebke, Lillian
Shinmura and Solomon Malina. Music was furnished by Alfred Kanoho’s
39 Years ago
From the Feb. 22, 1961 issue
COAST FLIGHT —the first plane to fly directly from the west coast to Kaua’i
landed at Lihue Airport at 9 a.m. this morning. The C-54 is operated for the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration by the Bendix Corp. It brought
men and equipment for testing the electronic gear at Kokee satellite tracking
station. The C-54 left Los Angeles at 8 p.m. Hawaii time Tuesday an took 13
hours to make the flight to Kaua’i. The pilot changed his destination from
Honolulu to Kaua’i because of a 60 mph tail wind which boosted the plane along.
The C-54 landed at Lihue with enough gas for four hours flying. It needed
little more than half of the runway to land. After discharging passengers and
cargo here the plane continued to Honolulu this morning.
HELPER — the theft of a TV antenna and three plumbers’ tools was reported to
police Thursday by Kashiko Kuboyama of Waipouli.
He said the antenna, an
18-inch pipe wrench and two water-pump pliers were taken from his garage early
The missing articles are valued at $19. Detective Henry Hada
TROUBLED BY TYPEWRITER — County Treasurer Anselm K.
Liu, who ha been trying to obtain office equipment and more personnel for his
operations, has been running into trouble with some of his old
The office has two decent typewriters which are constantly in use
for motor vehicle registration. One of them has been giving the staff a lot of
During January there were three breakdowns. Parts had to be
ordered from Honolulu. Mr. Liu said this slowed the work of the department
considerable. Fortunately on each occasion, H. Kobayashi have prompt and
efficient service in fixing the typewriter.
BUS ON HOLD —
Arrangements have been made to keep the County buses handy in case of an
emergency evacuation of Hanalei School children, chairman Aki reported to the
Board last week.
In compliance with requests from the Hanalei PTA, the
County arranged to station the bus at the Hanalei base yard. In case of a tidal
wave alert or some other emergency, one of the firemen will take the bus to
transport the school children to safety.
WELL DONE — The Board of
Supervisors, accustomed to hoots and jeers, figuratively strutted and preened
when a letter of commendation was read at the Friday meeting from George P.
Kimball, trustee of the Clifford Kimball Estate.
The letter, dated Feb. 14,
addressed to Chairman Aki, reads as follows: “I want to congratulate the County
on the remarkable progress made on mosquito control at Poipu. In the past
several months the change has been spectacular.
“In August and September we
spent several days at our hotel site (the former Knudsen and Wanamaker places)
and the mosquitoes were so bad (and that was quite a dry period) that I almost
gave up any idea of ever trying to build a hotel there, at least not until
something could be done to control the mosquito menace.
“As I am now
dividing my time between Hawaii and San Francisco, I did not have occasion to
spend a night at Poipu until last weekend. My brother told me that the county
was working on the mosquito problems, but I had no idea that so much progress
would have been made.