Wa I Hala: from the files of The Garden Island

SNEAKY THIEVES – There was a burglary committed last Thursday at the unoccupied High School cottage. Some one broke in at the back through a high window and went through the whole house, ransacking and tearing things open, evidently in search of money or jewelry. Apparently nothing was taken.

It must surely have been a tenderfoot in the business to imagine that teachers had money or valuables or if they had, that they would leave them behind.

EASY WAY OUT – The lengthy letter relative to the violation of the Prohibition Law, in another column of this issue, suggests a culpable leniency in dealing with the criminal which ought to be corrected. The arrested parties were released on bail, pending trial, and then failed to appear, forfeiting the bail. Presumably they foresaw that this was the easiest way out and took it.

66 Years Ago From the Aug. 7, 1934 issue FAMOUS RASSLER – Joe (Dynamite) Parelli who has caused more talk in Honolulu than any other rassler to appear in the capital city will display his wares next Saturday night in the Lihue Armory when he takes on Mike Caddock, tough German lad. Caddock and Parelli are without doubt the two roughest lads in Honolulu and putting them in the same ring at the armory will be like throwing two bulldogs into a pit. Anything can happen.

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT – The construction of a new theater in Koloa will be started in the very near future by Manuel Teves of Koloa. Teves has been manager of the Koloa Theater for the Koloa Sugar Co. for a number of years. The new theater will be his own venture.

DISAPPOINTMENT – Over 200 people, eager for the sight of a famous person, were greatly disappointed last Thursday morning when the great movie star, humorist, philosopher and U.S. ambassador at large, Will Rogers, did not arrive on the Inter-Island plane at Lihue airport as expected. About a hundred cars were parked at the airport and the crowd was perhaps the largest that had ever gathered there-a wonderful reception wasted.

LOCAL BOY MAKES GOOD – Isami Doi, Kauai boy, now a successful artist on the mainland and abroad, arrived last Friday morning on Kauai for a visit with his parents, Mr. and Ms. R. Doi of Kalaheo.

Doi has painted and sold many of his pictures and has won honors on the mainland. He recently sold an oil entitled “Tying Sleeves,” to Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Jr.

and another called “Portrait,” to Fannie Brice, well know actress.

39 Years Ago From the Aug. 2, 1961 issue SHARK CATCH – An 8 foot, 4 inch shark weighing 207 pounds was caught by Koichi and Mike Masaki of Waimea Saturday evening off Poipu. The fishermen have been awarded a contract for shark fishing off Poipu by the Board of Supervisors.

MORE BEAUTIFUL A professional gardener from the mainland has offered in idea to help with the beautification of many spots on Kaua’i.

C. William Smith, who is in charge of the planting and landscape work at the Garden Isle Hotel, has proposed a “foster tree plan” for island residents.

He says there are many places on Kauai which can benefit through tree planting or through the care of trees already on the spot. Mr. Smith is looking for volunteers with some knowledge of tree care who can take the responsibility for one or more trees on their own time.

BRUISED AND BUSTED – An 18 year-old Kekaha man forfeited bail on a jaywalking charge in Kawaihau district court on Monday.

He was arrested after he walked into the side of a moving truck on Ulu St. July 15 and broke a bone in his leg.

NORTH SHORE SNACKS – A snack bar operated by the G. Masada children will formally open Saturday morning at 10 a.m. in the old Masada Store across from Hanalei School.

It will be named Hale Lealea, or House of Happiness and will be managed by Harris Masada.

HEIAU SIGHTING – The Malae heiau, usually obscured from view by the canefields, can now be seen for a short time while the cane is cut. The heiau is a short distance south of the Wailua River, about 40 feet mauka of the government road.

The heiau was originally a walled and paved heiau 273 by 324 feet, the size of the traditional Menehune construction. The altar was constructed near the center, and on all sides, a six foot ledge served as a bench for people during the ceremonies.

When Kapule (Queen Deborah) was converted to Christianity, she turned the heiau into a cattle pens.

LEAVE IT TO BEAVER GOES HAWAIIAN – Young TV stars of the Leave It to Beaver program arrived Sunday with their families for three days of filming. They were the guests of Kauai Inn and transportation was handled by Robert’s U-Drive and Tours. Among the group is: Mr. and Mrs. Norman Mathers, Tony Dow, who is Wally of the Beaver program, and Mr. and Mrs. John Dow and Jerry or Beaver and Jimmy and Suzie Mathers.

POOL HALL RAID – Eleven persons were arrested in a raid on a Kress St. pool hall July 20, and charged with violations of the state’s gambling laws.

The Kalena Pool Hall is in the same quarters as the former Ching’s Pool Hall, which was raided twice by flying-squad officers this year.

Ching’s Pool Hall lost its license because of the two gambling raids which netted the county large amounts in fines and bail forfeitures.


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