Wa I Hala: from the files of The Garden Island

80 Years AgoFrom the Sept. 7, 1920 issue

SOMETHING SNAPPY – Kauai Post No. 2, of the American Legion announces their

first dance of the winter season at the Lihue Armory Sept.. 18. This will

inaugurate the Winter Assemblies that the Legion intends to give and also serve

as a welcoming party for the new school teachers on Kauai.


Snappy Every Minute” is the motto of the affair and the committee will see that

it lives up to its word.

GOING ELECTRIC – The trend of sugar

factories, like all other factories, is toward the larger use of electric

power. The Lihue mill is so well satisfied with their experiments in this

direction that they are taking steps that will ultimately mean the pretty

thorough electrification of the whole factory.


the present, since last Thursday, 219 women have registered, distributed as

follows: Lihue 78, Kawaihau 101, Koloa 20, Kekaha 20, Hanalei and Niihau not

yet heard from.

In point of numbers the Hawaiians lead among the

registrants, followed by the Haoles. Very few of the Portuguese have thus far

presented themselves, even at Kapaa, where the Portuguese vote is strong.

Someone will have to rustle them up.

J.M. Kaneakua, chief registrar, says

that he is very much pleased with the way the women respond. They are more

intelligent, quicker and much more ready with their answers, and their facts

than the men, so that it is a pleasure to register them.


ABOUT – Prowlers or sneak-thieves have made their appearance at Grove Farm and

are making life in that quiet neighborhood rather exciting. Last Sunday night

the home of K.C. Hopper was entered and they were heard working with the

kitchen door at the home of J.A. Hogg, but were scared away Sunday night they

appeared again this time visiting the home of C.A. Nelson, where they attempted

to enter the kitchen, but were again frightened away.

The police

authorities have been notified of the burglarous attempts and it is hoped they

will be able to apprehend the miscreants before they do some real


66 Years Ago

From the Sept. 4, 1934 issue


SCHOOL – With an approximate enrollment of 7,700 students, Kauai schools opened

this morning for a new school year. Of this enrollment, over 500 are registered

at Kauai High School, the largest number of students that the high school has


MAGIC KING – A huge crowd greeted the famous magician, Max

Malini, at his second and last public performance, at the Lihue Armory last

Thursday evening. Malini was to have returned to Honolulu after his showing at

the Koloa Theatre the previous Thursday, but he was persuaded by Sheriff Rice

to remain.

His supply of astounding tricks of magic delighted his audience

and held them spellbound. Their response last Thursday night seemed to indicate

that they will welcome a second visit of the magic king to this


SPIRITED HORSE – Midnight is coming! Of curse it is, you say.

The Midnight referred to however, is not 12 p.m. but the world’s champion

bucking horse owned by a syndicate in Billings, Montana, and he is being

brought to Kauai by Eddie Fernandez for the American Legion entertainment in


Midnight, the horse, is 17 years old and has toured the world,

throwing ambitious buckaroos galleywest all the way from Madison Square Garden

to Constantinople and always with a prize of $1,000 for the rider who could

“stay put” for the period of 60 seconds. The owners of Midnight still retain

their original “grand,” as no cowboy has as yet been able to stick on his

cavorting back for more than just a few jumps and twists.


CANNONBALL – Dillinger got off easy, in the opinion of Jack Leopold, who has

been shot more than 2,000 times within the last three years and not only lives

to tell the story but will get himself shot many additional times for the

amusement of patrons during the American legion Show in November.


is the most “shot” man in the world, according the press dispatches. In fact,

he makes his living by being shot from the world’s largest cannon through space

into a net, and this occurs sometimes as often as teen times in a single


39 Years Ago

From the Sept. 6, 1961


27 year-old Kapahi man spent Saturday night and Sunday morning asleep in his

wrecked car after it dropped into a gully near the Kapaa Jodo Mission, police


Police were told he fell asleep after rounding the turn on Kawaihau

road above William Ferreiros’ house on his way home from a party.


borrowed 1958 Ford sedan continued to the left and went down the gulch toward

the Inouye home, running over at least once. Damage to the car was estimated at


TOP HOMEMAKER – Mrs. Thelma K. Blake, the wife of Charles

Black of Koloa, is Kauai’s champion homemaker, according to the home economics

division of the fourth annual Kauai Young Farmers Fair.

For her outstanding

achievements in scoring 47 points with exhibits in baking, jams and jellies and

other food, she received the grand award trophy. Mrs. Grace Yamamoto of Eleele

placed second with 40 points, mostly in baking and preserves. Third was Mrs.

Henry Shitabata of Kalaheo with 32 points mostly in sewing.


CROOKS – Two Kapaa boys, one aged eight and the other eleven, have been charged

by police in connection with the theft of $22 in cash from a Kapaa merchant’s

safe on Aug. 7.

Detective Capt. Joe S. Carvalho said the two boys entered

the shop through the rear of the building early Sunday morning.

The same

pair have also been charged in connection with the theft of a bicycle from Greg

Naganuma of Lihue. The bicycle was taken while parked outside Naganuma Store at

Kapaia on August 23.

GIRL WINS GRID GUESSING – Amy Izumi of Hanapepe

scored a near miss in the first football score guessing contest of the 1961

football season, sponsored by Big Save Markets, J.S. Kawakami Stores and Ben


However, her near miss was good enough to win last week’s contest

in which Radford defeated Kauai High School, 37 to 7. Amy’s prediction was 36

to 7.

OLD ACCIDENTS Citations for violation of the traffic regulations

were issued by police on Thursday to both drivers in a minor traffic mishap

which occurred Aug. 23, but which was not reported to the police until six days


PRODIGAL TURTLE COMES HOME – Joseph Kanemoto, of Nawiliwili,

holds his pet turtle, which is now back in its garden pool after a year’s

absence. The turtle was purchased in Honolulu about 15 years ago, when it was

the size of about a half dollar. About a year ago it managed to get out of the

pool and into the Nawiliwili stream. Just how no one is certain. Maxie Mukai of

Nawiliwili spotted the turtle in the stream about two months ago which catching

frogs. He attempted to catch it with a hook and line but was unsuccessful. He

informed Mr. Kanemoto, who also failed in his efforts to recapture the turtle.

Recently his son-in-law Herbert Hamura decided to do something about it. He

went fishing in the stream and one day saw the turtle in the stream. One cast

of his throw net was enough and now the turtle is back home in its pool. During

its year of freedom the turtle developed some new ideas on diet and is no a bit

reluctant to return to his former vegetarian bill of fare. It was reported

holding out for hamburger at last reports.


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