ISLAND HISTORY: A brief history of Makee Sugar Co.
In 1876, Capt. James Makee (1813-1879) and his son-in-law, Col. Zephaniah S. Spalding (1837-1927), founded Makee Sugar Co. on several thousand acres of land at Kealia they’d purchased from the estate of rancher and dairy farmer Ernest Krull for $30,000, and on substantial acreage acquired at Kapa‘a.
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This was during the Hawaiian Kingdom. I don’t know much, but from a Pakistani background, a race has been done away with and through annexation. Plantation workers needed to fund the economy. Many Japanese and Chinese workers were brought in. I bought a book on it. Sugar Island, 120 year history. Must read book for anyone.
The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
WASHINGTON, D. C, Tuesday, January 2, 1894.
The committee met pursuant to adjournment. Present, the chairman (Senator Morgan) and Senators Gray and Frye. Absent, Senators Butler and Sherman.
SWORN STATEMENT OF ZEPHANIAH SWIFT SPALDING.
The Chairman. You are a native of the United States?
Mr. Spalding. Yes; I was born in Ohio.
The Chairman. What is your age!
Mr. Spalding. I am 56 — was born September 1837.
The Chairman. When did you first go to Hawaii?
Mr. Spalding. I was sent out to Hawaii in 1867 by Secretary Seward.
The Chairman. As an official of any character?
Mr. Spalding. Yes, I was what was termed secret or confidential agent of the State Department. I was bearer of dispatches to the minister at Washington and under pay from the State Department, from its secret-service fund.
Mr. Spalding’s complete testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee was one of twenty-five sworn testimonies on the Senate Resolution to investigate the 1893 Hawaii Revolution removing a Queen and her Cabinet, replacing it with the Provisional Government. His testimony is of special interest for me, a Yonsei from Kipu, and the William Hyde Rice Plantation and Ranch. If you have the time read Mr. Spalding’s testimony. It’s very special for any Kauai resident.
From Ohio. They were sent to spy out the land in 1867? Kauai. There was nothing on Kauai but trees and plantation. It was a forest reserve and waste land for the state. Not really applicable to living on it. Hunters and gatherers. Fresh water from Wailua river. Drinking water. That’s it.
The Hawaiians had to live along side with the others. But where did they live? They lived in ugly huts and had water from the rivers. The plantation was not with the Hawaiians. Because they did their own thing around the island. The majority of the Hawaiians had their own land or village. But kept the peace of the land. Living like Indians of South Dakota. And going in and out of town. But that was them.