Wa I Hala: from the files of The Garden Island

39 Years AgoFrom the May 31, 1961 issue

KING FOR A DAY – Milimili Niheu, 24-year-old Robinson cowboy, will

represent the best in the native Hawaiian race as the king of Kauai’s annual

Kamehameha Day celebration June 10, general chairman William Ellis announced.

Katherine Kaliloa of Kapaia has been named as the queen.

Livy Milimili

Nakalaweloilehua Niheu, a cowboy in Niihau until the Robinsons moved him over

to Kauai not long ago, was picked as an outstanding representative of his race

— an upstanding, well-built man capable of doing justice to his royal


His wife, Rebecca, will be in the parade. She will be riding as the

princess for Niihau.

Henry Kanoho will be riding as the marshal of the pa’u

riders. Accompanying him will be Sandra Kauahi as the princess at


The princesses representing all the islands, who will be attended in

the parade by pa’u riders and pages will be Rebecca Niheu for Niihau, Julia

Akana for Kahoolawe, Rose Andrade for Lanai, Kalehua Bukoski for Molokai,

Eunice Hookano for Kauai, Clara Akuna for Oahu, Julia Naholoholo for Maui and

Cecilia Kamai for Hawaii.

NO KA OI – Children of three Kauai Pineapple

Co. families walked off with the first three awards in the statewide essay

contest on Hawaiian history. The contest, which offered five $25 awards to

highschool students is sponsored by the Hawaiian Historical Society.


Kauai winners are Brian Kubota of Koloa, Antoinette Silva of Kalaheo and Ronald

Matsuwaki of Lawai.

STEALING MAIL – A 12 year-old Kekaha girl has been

detained as an alleged delinquent child on the charges of tampering with the

U.S. mails. Detective Capt. Joe S. Carvalho said the offenses occurred on two

occasions in February and March.

He said the suspect, allegedly opened mail

boxes in the Kekaha post office, which uses the old style combination


He said she opened some of the letters she found in the boxes and

threw others away near the post office.


Chairman Raymond X. Aki had a chance to make a hero of himself in Honolulu on


Mr. Aki was having breakfast with Senator Richard Lyman of Hawaii

in a Honolulu restaurant when a big rat bit Senator Lyman on his left


Senator Lyman told a Honolulu reporter that he thought Mr. Aki

killed the rat on the spot.

Mr. Aki told the same reporter, “Heck no, I

jumped up on a chair. A waiter must have killed it.

Senator Lyman was

congratulated in a Senate Resolution for “being selected the most delectable

and tasty senator of this body.”

COW ON THE LAMB- Police are looking

for a cow which ran into a car driven by Wataru Fujinaka, 30, of Waipouli, on

Wednesday night. Mr. Fujinaka was unhurt but his 1955 Dodge sedan sustained

damage estimated at $250. The cow got away from police investigators.


Fujinaka said he was driving past Crabbe’s pasture toward Kapaa when he saw a

car coming toward him.

Then a red cow with a white face ran across the road

in front of the oncoming car and hit the left front fender of Mr. Fujinaka’s

vehicle, He said.

John Midkiff, manager of Princeville Ranch, which leases

the Crabbe pasture, said the description of the cow did not match any of his


ALOHA FROM KAUAI – Kauai school children again made leis for

the decoration of graves of the war dead on memorial Day.

On Tuesday, Oahu

Boy Scouts took the leis to decorate the 18,000 grave markers in the National

Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Punchbowl.

Malcolm Clower, district

superintendent of schools, was in charge of the memorial lei program at the

schools. Each child is urged to bring one lei to school on Monday morning. Leis

will be 24 inches in length, made of flowers that will keep well for several


Kauai school children, including those of the four Catholic and two

Seventh-day Adventist schools, annually make and contribute between 9,000 and

10,000 leis for Memorial Day.

80 Years Ago

From the June 1, 1920


MYSTERIOUS MURDER – A laborer employed by one of the new Wailua

homesteaders, was found dead early on Friday morning on the road about a

hundred feet from the home of S. Nagahisa, above the Cheatham homestead.

Examination of the body by Dr. Kuhns showed that the dead man had been shot in

the stomach, the bullet having pierced his body just above the hips and death

had been instantaneous. Two empty shells from a .38 caliber automatic revolver

were found near the body, but no further evidence was unearthed by the police

up to yesterday.

Currency and coin totaling $48 was found in the hind

pocket of the dead man’s trousers, in a way does not support the theory that

robbery had been the motive of the murder or murderers.

The police assert

however, that robbery was the motive ,as the victim was known to have a hundred

dollars on his person in addition to the money found when he left for home that

evening after taking in the moving picture show in the village.


OR NOT?- The Housewives League of Honolulu has apparently come to stay, and is

manifestly justifying its claim to public confidence and support. At first

there was a good deal of skepticism in regard to it. “One more hot-air

organization to talk big and accomplish nothing!” but the women have

discredited the doubting Thomas, and are making good. A competent employment

bureau is an important feature of the league. Naturally the women know far more

about household servants, cooks, chambermaids, yard boys, etc, than any

ordinary man can and they have instinctive advantages for conducting such a

bureau that a man may never acquire.

If any one can find servants in these

difficult days it will surely be the Housewives League. An if they do,

countless struggling and weary households will rise up and call them


Their most radical and daring contribution to the solution of the

servant problem is to get servant girls from Norway and Sweden—good,

competent, husky, fair haired marvels of industry, that can do more work in a

day than the ordinary does in a week.

FOR SALE – Excelsior Motor-cycle

first class condition. Complete with side-car and extra seat. Reasonable price.

Lihue, P.O. box 443.

PAPER SHORTAGE – The Outlook calls attention to

the shortage of paper which is assuming serious proportions in all civilized

countries that use the same to any considerable extent.

French papers are

restricted to four pages a day in place of the monster editions of bye-gone

times. New books are almost a minus quantity in Europe, and schools, and

colleges are having difficulty in finding sufficient text books for their

students. We notice the New York Independent recently combined two issues in to

one to save paper.

There are generally compensations with every misfortune.

It may not be all loss to string the pearls a little closer on the pages and

have less waste space and fewer long columns to wade through.


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