The old Kapaa Mom & Pop Urabe Store

Kenzo Urabe (1898-1971), the founder and proprietor, along with his wife, Shizue Urabe (1903-1959), of Urabe Store – a Kapaa landmark on Ulu St. for many decades until it closed in the mid-1990s – was born in Japan and immigrated to Kauai with his parents, Katsutaro and Chika Urabe, in 1899.

The town of Kaumakani was constructed in 1947

In 1946, Olokele Sugar Co. allocated funds totaling $1,750,000 (roughly $23,000,000 in 2020 dollars) for the rehabilitation of all of its plantation housing, in which an entirely new employee housing camp would be built to replace the company’s dilapidated camp housing erected in 1888.

The Honolulu Iron Works and Kaua‘i

The Honolulu Iron Works was established by machinist David Weston on Queen Street, Honolulu, in 1852, as a manufacturer of sugar mills and machinery for Hawai‘i’s sugar plantations.

Antonio Q. Marcallino’s tale of the coconuts

In 1933, Kaua‘i politician A. Q. Marcallino (1881-1959) shared a tale with newspaper columnist Robert Macconel that he’d been told by an aged Hawaiian woman some 20 years earlier in Waimea Valley, Kaua‘i.

The bell buoy that drifted from California to Kaua‘i

In September 1925, The Honolulu Advertiser newspaper published an account of a bell buoy that had broken from its moorings off the California coast over 30 years earlier and had drifted more than 2,500 miles until it reached Kaua‘i.

Eyewitnesses to the Hanapepe Massacre of 1924

On the morning of Sept. 9, 1924, a brief-but-furious, hand-to-hand fight broke out at Hanapepe between as many as 200 striking Visayan sugar workers and 40 policemen that left 16 strikers killed and nine wounded, with four policemen also killed and two wounded.

Barefoot Football in the Territory of Hawai‘i

From the mid-1920s, through the Great Depression and World War II years, and into the early 1950s, Barefoot Football occupied a special niche among sports in the Territory of Hawai‘i.

Kaua‘i’s champion cut-seed men of 1939

Back in the day, when I worked for McBryde Sugar Co., I installed irrigation flumes and I drove haul cane trucks for a spell, but I was never a cut-seed man, which was considered, along with sabedong man (herbicide tank sprayer), the toughest job on the plantation.

Shurei Hirozawa born and raised at New Mill, Kauai

Shurei Hirozawa (1919-2002) was born just across the railroad tracks from the McBryde Sugar Company mill at New Mill, Kaua‘i, not far from where the Kaua‘i Coffee Company headquarters stands today.

Hilo Hattie was cast in ‘Blue Hawai‘i,’ filmed on Kaua‘i

With her flashing, mischievous eyes and her trademark costume — a coconut hat and a mu‘umu‘u with a scarf tied low around her hips — Hilo Hattie (1901-1979), the Native Hawaiian school teacher who performed for nearly half a century as a comic hula dancer, singer and actress, was not from Hilo, nor was her real surname Hattie.

Kaua‘i theater man William A. Fernandez

Born in Makawao, Maui, Kaua‘i theater man William A. Fernandez (1880-1949) began working in the transportation business with his father in 1898, and was later employed as an O‘ahu police officer, a mounted Honolulu patrolman and an employee of the Honolulu Rapid Transit Co.

Charles Reed Bishop, the husband of Bernice Pauahi Bishop

Born in Glens Falls, New York, Charles Reed Bishop (1822-1915) sailed from New York City in 1846 with William Little Lee to seek opportunities in the Oregon Territory, but during a stopover for provisions in Hawaii, he remained there instead and formed a partnership with William A. Aldrich selling merchandise to supply the California Gold Rush.

‘Tales about Hawai‘i’ columnist Clarice B. Taylor

Trained as a nurse, Iowa-born “Tales About Hawaii” newspaper columnist Clarice B. Taylor (1896-1963) first came to Hawaii in 1917, where she practiced nursing at Lihue Hospital while collecting Hawaiian tales and artifacts as a hobby in her spare time.

Shideler Harpe, the ‘Soviet spy’ detained on Ni‘ihau

In October 1959, Shideler Harpe, a reporter for The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, was assigned by the paper to make his way to the island of Ni‘ihau — then as it is today the private property of Kaua‘i’s Robinson family — to spend several days there and write an expose of his experiences upon his return to Honolulu.

Ruth Knudsen Hanner’s reminiscences of Waiawa, Kauai

Ruth Knudsen Hanner (1901-1995) was the granddaughter of Valdemar Knudsen, a Norwegian who settled on Kauai in 1852 and became konohiki of over 100,000 acres of west Kauai, and Annie Sinclair, the daughter of Eliza Sinclair, who purchased Niihau from Kamehameha V in 1864.