Wa I Hala: from the files of The Garden Island

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.


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

last Wednesday.

…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.”


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

in February.

The missing articles are valued at $19. Detective Henry Hada

is investigating.

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.


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.


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, send us an email.