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
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.
SIGN MEANS STOP – Kaua’i
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,
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
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.