Wa I Hala: from the files of The Garden Island

39 Years AgoFrom the May 3, 1961 issue

JUST IN CASE – A model fall-out shelter, designed and provided by the

Civil Defense Agency has been erected by Kauai Technical School students on the

Lihue Armory grounds. Principal Kiyoshi Kubota checked the metal structure with

Kiyoshi Sasaki, East Kauai Lions Club carnival chairman who says it is the

first to be built in the state. It will be fully built and stocked with

emergency supplies for display to the public during the carnival Friday and

Saturday nights.

AMMO FOUND – A large number of dud shells has been

found at Wailua on the property near the jail leased by Toshiharu Yama.


Yama asked the Army to send an ordnance disposal team to Kauai last


The following items were taken from Mr. Yama’s property this week:

Three 40-millimeter high explosive rounds, complete; eight 20-millimeter high

explosive projectiles; seven miscellaneous projectile components,

37-millimeter; one 81-millimeter mortar round; two mortar fuses and one

anti-tank mine.

All items were badly recovered and had the appearance of

scrap metal.

The area Mr. Yama is leasing was apparently used as a firing

range or impact area during World War II.


on the site of the proposed $2 million Garden Isle Hotel, on the location of

the former 19th Hole bar was undertaken by contractor E.F. Nilson over the


UNIFORM DELAY – Difficulties in locating exactly the type of

cloth desired and other problems have delayed plans to put all officers and men

of the Kauai Fire Department into their new uniforms.

Mr. Yorkman said some

of the uniforms have been obtained and should be used immediately, but some

articles still have not been completed. Meanwhile the men are being expected to

use their old black pants and shirts as station uniforms.


DAY – May Day royalty has been chosen for the pageant to be sponsored by the

Kauai District Improvement Association on Friday at the Lihue LDS gym.

An unusual feature of the evening will be the fisherman with his throw net full

of live fish. Another special feature will be the Maori dances performed in

native costume.

GAMBLING RAID – Police arrested five men after a

gambling raid at Korean Camp in Koloa Sunday afternoon.

Two of the men were

charged with gambling at cards. Three others were charged with being present at

a gambling fame. Fifteen more got away. Police seized a deck of cards and four

dollar bills.

FELLOWSHIP THROUGH GAMES – The West Kauai Y’s Men’s club

has completed plans for the annual Ping-Pong and checker tournament to be held

Saturday at the Hanapepe recreation center.

The tournament is designed to

develop fellowship among boys of the Y program as well as to develop individual


80 Years Ago

From the May 4, 1920


the H.C.L. does not seem to check the activities of Dan Cupid so far as this

growing community is concerned. This is especially true with respect to the

employees of the Hawaiian Canneries Company as the following will show: S.G.

Kong, warehouseman, was married on Saturday evening to Miss Hattie Moa; M.

Taunehiro, timekeeper, will be a benefit tonight and S. Takemoto, cannery

foreman, will take unto himself a wife on the 14th. Rev. Kaauwai also reports

the marriage on April 29, of George Heleloa and Mrs. Hana Kapule, both of

Anahola. The new couple are rather advanced in years, the bridge being 58 and

her spouse ten years her junior.

FERTILIZER FIRE – There was a serious

and unusual fire last Friday afternoon at the Koloa landing in which some 295

bags of nitrate fertilizer was consumed.

It was an exceedingly hot

afternoon with a light south westerly wind, thus blowing the smoke away from

the wharf. The fire appeared in three or four places almost simultaneously and

widely separated, one of them being on the top of the hill, on a loaded


There was a shortage of buckets or other appliances for handling a

fire of the nature, and buckets had to be secured from the steamer, so that it

got well under way before there was any means of checking it.


SEA – Some considerable time ago, a Kukuiula fisherman, one Sogoro Wada, went

to Honolulu by sampan to see his wife, who was ill there. Returning, he set out

alone in the sampan, a gasoline power boat of comparatively small size, his

companion remaining behind in town. Nothing has been seen or heard of Sogoro


After a week or so his friends at Kukuiula became anxious about him

and various sampan expeditions were made to find him, but thus far, in vain.

Even under the best of circumstances it was like looking for the traditional

needle in the haystack, and as the days have run into weeks. It is a foregone

conclusion that he has met with some disaster, or been hopelessly


66 Years Ago

From the May 1, 1934 issue


persons in the Waimea district are urgently asked to take advantage of the

opportunity to be immunized at the Waimea hospital against typhoid. Two cases

have broken out in the last month, but an epidemic is not in


POLICE KEPT BUSY – An epidemic of petty burglaries in Waimea

during the last two weeks has kept the Waimea police force busy. On the night

of April 17 a home was entered by means of a ladder placed under the window.

Nothing of value was reported stolen. Then on the evening of April 19 about $20

in currency that was in the pocket of a dress hanging in the bathhouse of Mr.

T. Kakuda was reported missing.

RAINED OUT – Hanalei experienced a

flood last week when a total of 6.60 inches fell from Wednesday night to Friday

morning. The river overflowed onto the road. The rain was heavy at times

,especially for about three hours on Thursday when the overflow from the river

threatened to do damage. Nothing was destroyed, however, although traffic was


No alarm was caused by the flood as it was more or less welcomed

by the people who had not had rain for so long.


definite trend toward the expansion of the Kauai County Fair for 1935 was

decided upon last Wednesday at a luncheon held at the home of H.D. Sloggett at

which members of the general committee of the Fair were guests. Many

improvements in connection with the Fair were suggested and will be considered

by the 1935 committee. One very important item was the question of constructing

an additional building as a permanent part of the equipment.


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