Wa I Hala: from the files of The Garden Island

39 Years AgoFrom the March 22, 1961 issue

Bankruptcy? NO WAY — Kaua’i’s County government is not headed for

bankruptcy, either in July or at any time under its 1961 financial outlook,

Senator Noboru Miyake reiterated following the Senate Ways and Means Committee

hearing on County financing on Saturday. Kaua’i is not going broke, as

predicted by some County officials, he said. Kaua’i’s financial condition is

the best in the state.

The senator flatly declared a tax increase for 1961

is not necessary for Kaua’i. This County ended 1960 with a surplus of

approximately $86,568, he said.

OMAN OF THE YEAR – Mrs. Koon Ye Ching

of Kupolo has been selected as the University Extension Club “Woman of the

Year” for Kauai in 1960-61. She leaves today as one of the official delegates

to the annual Hawaii State Home Demonstration Council convention opening

tomorrow in Hilo.

The list of Kaua’i’s “Woman of the Year” started with

Mrs. Fumiko Sasaki for 1953-54, followed by Mrs. Eiko Muranaka, Mrs. Alice

Kuroiwa, Mrs. Gladys Tashiro, Mrs. Masako Ishii, Mrs. Mikiyo Hirano and Mrs.

Mabel Makanani last year.

TOURIST TRAVEL UP – Tourist traffic to

Kaua’i is going directly against the state trend, as far as travel is

concerned. Kaua’i traffic is up for the first two months of the year while

travel to the islands as a whole is down, when compared to 1960.


figures show that a total of 7,416 tourists visited Kaua’i in February 1961.

The January totals were 4,269 in 1961 and 4,0555 in January


…Opening of Kaua’i Surf last year is another important factor. The

new hotel provides needed added space for visitors and the promotional campaign

for the new hotel has helped materially.

MAKING ROOM – Renovation and

widening of the Kokee Road “hairpin” turn, estimated by the County engineer at

a cost of 41,000, was recommended last week by the public works committee to

the Board of Supervisors.

The request for this job came after Robert

Iwamoto’s new bus ran into difficulty in trying to negotiate the


RIDDING THE RAILS – Early removal of unused railroad tracks

across state and county highways will be sought by County Engineer Calvin Ching

in cooperation with the State highway division and Lihu’e Plantation.


potential danger of motorcycles and automobiles slipping on the tacks,

especially during wet and muddy conditions, makes it desirable to have these

tracks removed at an early date,” according to Supervisor Raymond


LIGHTING THE WAY – Six additional street lights were approved

last week in a finance committee report.

They included one on Kalena Drive

opposite the ILWU hall in Lihue, one on Kekaha road between Amaui and Akepa

roads in Kekaha, one of Polaris road in Kalaheo, and three on Paanau road in


FORGETS CRASH – A Kapa’a driver who telephoned police and asked

them to help find the scene of an accident to his car was fined $10 in Lihue

district court.

The man called police from his home at 3:15 a.m. March 7.

He said he had found damage to the right side of his car but did not know where

the accident had happened.

The Lihu’e motor patrol officer found a damaged

fire hydrant near Carvalho store at Kapaia shortly afterward.


officer who questioned the driver at this home got him to recall that that was

where the crash occurred.

Police said the 34 year-old driver had a few

drinks at The Jetty in Nawiliwili before started home. The cost of repairing

his borrowed 1952 Chevrolet coupe was set at $150.

He was cited for

negligent driving by officer Samuel Sheldon.


police have been cracking down on drivers who fail to make complete stops at

junctions where stop signs are posted.

Six such cases were disposed of in

district courts this week. Four arrests were made by one officer at one

intersection within a four-day period.

Failure to stop at intersections has

caused a number of accidents on Kaua’i during the recent months, but it is not

one of the leading causes of traffic accidents.

$1 A MILE – A Kalaheo

woman paid three fines totaling $70 on speeding charges in Waimea district


She was arrested by Sgt. Raymond Duvauchelle on March 4 after a

chase from Hanapepe Lookout to Waimea at speeds in excess of 50 miles an


She is charged with speeding on the open highway at 70 miles an hour.

Sgt. Duvauchelle also charged her with traveling through the Hanapepe 25-mile

zone at speeds of 55 to 60 miles an hour.

Another ticket was issued for

driving through 35-mile zones at Hanapepe, Kaumakani and Makaweli Pose Office

at a speed of 70 miles an hour.

80 Years Ago

From the March 20,

1920 issue

IMPOSTOR – According to advises received from Honolulu, J.

Stanley Gawne ex-revenue agent, who was recently on Kaua’i, has been arrested

by the federal authorities charged with impersonating a federal officer and

swindling a number of Orientals out of small sums of money when last on Kaua’i.

It is charged that Gawne pretend he was an officer from the treasury

department and required certain of our Orientals to make out federal income tax

reports, charging them for his services.

In most cases, these Orientals

had an income of less than $41,000 and were not required by law to make


SAD PICTURE – One of the saddest features of the present flu

epidemic has been the number of cases in which both parents have been taken

from a family, leaving little children doubly orphaned, as in the case of the

Hustace family.

BAD ACCIDENT – One evening last week two Filipino

ladies, Tilisa Digai, and Gregorio De la Cruz, were returning to their homes in

the hospital ambulance Ford, when at the public school corner, one of the tires

blew out with such force that it put the steering gear out of commission, the

car suddenly whirled end for end, and turned over with a general smash up, that

very seriously damaged the two ladies.

They were immediately taken to the

hospital by the Wedemeyer boys, near whose home the accident occurred.


the hospital it transpired that the former was suffering from a broken arm, and

the latter from contusion of the skull and concussion the brain. She is in a

critical condition and it remains doubtful if she will recover.


SWEET IT IS – It seems there is a plant growing in South America that produces

a sugar 180 times sweeter than ordinary sugar.

Rumors to that effect

current some years ago, were generally discredited but now at length, have been

confirmed and several ounces of the dried leaves which produce the sweetness

and a small quantity of seed have been received by the department of

agriculture at Washington.

It transpires, however, that it is a glycerin

and not a true sugar.

BOYS WILL BE MEN – What sort of Men they will be

is determined by their training now. Support the Y.M.C.A., the boy Scouts and

the Public School Athletic League of Kaua’i. $13,850 is needed.


ANYONE KNOW? Does anyone know anything of the whereabouts, nature and value of

the property of one Ernest F. Webb, who died on the mainland last May.


is supposed to have some, either on Kaua’i or Hawai’i. Wherever it is, his

heirs would like to know about it.


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