Wa I Hala: from the files of The Garden Island

39 Years AgoFrom the April 5, 1961 issue

MISS KAUAI 1961 – Leimomi Buchanan was chosen Miss Kauai of 1961 at the

pageant at Kauai High School gymnasium on Saturday night.

She also won the

Miss Popularity award. Trophies for the two awards were presented by the West

Kauai Jaycees and Otsuka Sales and Service.

Janet Eguchi received the

First National Bank award as the second runner-up. Rhonda Palea received the

Kauai Pineapple Co. award as the first runner-up. Leimomi is the daughter of

Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Buchanan of Kukuiula.

She is a senior at Kauai high

School. Leimomi has been a Garden Island carrier for several years. She also

has been a model and hula dancer for the Kauai HVB and for other entertainment


STUDENTS WANT POOL – The senior, junior, sophomore and

freshman classes of Kapaa high school voted by 96% to urge the House of

Representatives to support the pending bill to use available funds for a

swimming pool on the school grounds, rather than the natitorium on Kapaa


SAME OLD RECORD – County Chairman Raymond Aki accused Senator

Noboru Miyake of a lack of knowledge of county finances again yesterday in


Mr. Aki said he had heard in Honolulu that senator Miyake told a

GOP senators’ caucus that Kauai is in the best shape of all counties and does

not need state help.

Mr. Aki said the cash surplus reported at the end of

1960 is the result of a bookkeeping system which no other county has.


repeated that Kaua’i is still one of the poorest counties in the


BIRD IN HAND WORTH $30 – Two Lihu’e men were fined on charges

of furthering cruelty to animals when they pleaded guilty before Kawaihau

district magistrate Morris Shinsato on Thursday. The men were taken into

custody while preparing a rooster for a fight at a Wailua Homesteads farm the

afternoon of March 26. The arrests were made by officers of the metro squad.

One man was fined $20 and the other $10.


-Kaua’i took over the lead as Hawai’i’s outer island airport by a distinct

margin in February. Statistics show that Kaua’i had 10,324 arriving passengers

and 10,264 departing, for a total of 20,588.


Two detectives and five firemen took a long hike into Hanalei valley Monday

afternoon to search for two fishermen reported missing at the end of the Easter


The men had hiked into Hanalei valley Thursday night for a weekend

of oopu fishing. Mr. Eder had said he would be home Sunday evening. When he did

not return Monday morning, his daughter called police.

… At about 3:30 or

more than halfway to their goal, the search party met the two fishermen coming

down the trail. Both men were in good conditioned had plenty of oopu to show

for their weekend.

They said they had stayed put because of heavy rains

which caused the river to rise over the weekend, and blocked several crossings.

The search party and the two men returned to the road at about 5:30


KEY VIOLATION – A Kapa’a woman whose car was stolen last week

forfeited $2 bail on a charge of leaving the ignition key in her car when she

failed to appear for trial in Kawaihau district court Thursday.

The car was

taken from the Kapa’a LDS chapel the night of March 24 by three Canadian


CAR CRASHES INTO PORCH – A 18 year-old Hanapepe man was

admitted to Wilcox Hospital with a severe gash in his abdomen following a

highway accident at Kapaia early Sunday afternoon.

Police said the 1961

Oldsmobile sedan he was driving left on the road on a left-hand bend while

headed mauka near the Kapaia camp hall. The car jumped over a drain and then

crossed the road, knocking down the front porch on the house of Jose

Ballesteros and crashing into his chicken feed shed.


FIGHT – Two alert motor patrol officers broke up a cock fight at Ogata Camp,

Kapahi, on March 25 and detained one of the handlers who was to surprised to

let go of his bird.

80 Years Ago

From the April 6, 1920


QUIET IN COURT – Judge Hjorth reports that March was a very

light month in district court business, the fine realizations being only


This is probably due to the prevalence of the flue, partly because

would be criminals or evaders of the law had other things on hand that absorbed

their whole attention, and partly perhaps because the police were more or less

laid up and were not as alert as usual.


morning Herman Koerto and Alice Adolpho, of Hanama’ulu appeared before L.A.

Dickey with the request that he bind them in the hold bonds of matrimony. They

had the required license but failed to bring witnesses to the event, so the

judge had to rustle around and find some witnesses.

He finally found two

people who were willing to act in this capacity and the two young folks were

soon tied hard and fast and sent on their way rejoicing.

Judge Dickey has

been splicing matrimonial knots ever since he was second district magistrate in

Honolulu, away back in 1900. In those days he used to perform more ceremonies

than the parsons.

MESSAGE FROM A QUEEN – The following letter purports

to have been written by the Queen Debora Kapule, as the date indicates, within

a few days of their arrival, to the mother of Mrs. Ruggles:



I am glad your daughter came here. I shall be her mother now, and

she shall be my regular daughter. I be good to her; give her tapa, give her

plenty eat.

By and by she speak Hawaiian, then she teach me how to read and

write and sew and talk of great Akua, which the good people in America love.

I begin spell little; read come very hard like stone. You very good send

your daughter long way to teach us. I am very glad I can write you a short

letter and tell you I be good to your daughter.

I send you my aloha, and

tell you I am your friend.



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