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.

Three Kauai girls appeared in the movie ‘Blue Hawaii’

Three Kauai girls – Elithe Aguiar, Leimomi Buchanan and her sister, Marvelyn Buchanan – appeared in the movie “Blue Hawaii,” a musical romantic comedy starring Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman and Angela Lansbury that was filmed in Hollywood, Oahu and on Kauai in 1961, with shooting beginning on Kauai on April 11 and largely ending on the 17th .

Lonely Hawaiians far from home in the South Seas

While traveling in the South Seas during 1925, Honolulu-born naturalist, agriculturist and traveler Gerrit P. Wilder (1863-1935) met two lonely Hawaiians who had not seen or heard from their Hawaiian relatives for many years.

Denjiro Ota, Founder of Lihue’s Tip Top Cafe & Bakery

Denjiro Ota (1873-1936), the founder of Lihue’s Tip Top Cafe & Bakery (now Tip Top Motel, Cafe, & Bakery), was born in Japan and went to work for Lihue Plantation at Hanamaulu following his arrival on Kauai about 1896.

The construction of the Port Allen breakwater and pier

In 1933, John Waterhouse, the president of Alexander & Baldwin, acting on behalf of Kauai shippers using Port Allen Harbor, urged the Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors (BERH) in Washington DC to recommend a $880,000 harbor improvement project for Port Allen, of which $200,000 would be funded by local interests.

Kauai Fisherman J. G. Wyman’s hard luck

On Saturday, Nov. 11, 1905, J. G. Wyman, an elderly, penniless fisherman from Kauai, was sentenced in Honolulu to 24 hours confinement at Oahu Prison by U. S. District Court Judge Sanford Ballard Dole for contempt, because he’d failed to obey a subpoena summoning him to Honolulu for jury duty.

U.S Geological Survey hydrographer on Kauai William V. Hardy

William V. Hardy (1863-1950) is best known for having climbed Mt. Waialeale from Kokee to its summit 22 times – 14 of them alone – between 1911 and 1920 to read its rain gauge as part of his work with the U.S Geological Survey – a record number of ascents for its time.

Elsie H. Wilcox Elementary School principal Clarissa Piilani Gerdes

Born on Kauai, Elsie H. Wilcox Elementary School principal Clarissa Piilani Gerdes (1908-1969) was the daughter of lawyer, engineer, sheriff, legislator and Niumalu resident John Haalelea Coney, whose parents were John Harvey Coney, the high sheriff of the Big Island during the reign of Kamehameha IV, and High Chiefess Kekua Kapu o Kalani, a descendent of the Queen of the Puna district, renowned in the meles of Hawaii.

The kidnapping of King Kaumualii

On July 21, 1821, King Kamehameha II (Liholiho) set sail from Oahu with his entourage to pay a surprise visit to King Kaumualii of Kauai.

Kaumualii, the sandalwood trade, and Georg Anton Schaffer

From the 1790s until 1830, sandalwood – the fragrant wood of the iliahi tree – was exchanged by Hawaiian chiefs for foreign goods offered by New England traders, who then shipped it to Canton, China, where they sold it for profit to Chinese merchants, who fashioned it for sale into boxes and chests, or sold it as medicine, perfume, or incense.

Kauai railroad historian Rick Burrell

It was Rick Burrell’s grandfather, John F. Barretto, a longtime locomotive engineer for Makee Sugar Co. and Lihue Plantation, who first sparked his intense interest in Kauai’s railroad history.

The Kauai Rebellion Of 1824

In 1810, Kamehameha I and King Kaumualii of Kauai formed an alliance whereby Kauai would remain a separate kingdom, but within the realm of Kamehameha I, so long as Kaumualii lived.

The Nawiliwili Bulk Sugar Plant

The old Nawiliwili Bulk Sugar Plant, which was reconstructed and opened for business by Guardian Self-Storage in 2016, was originally built in 1950 for the purpose of storing raw sugar in bulk and then loading it aboard freighters, thereby eliminating the previous, more costly process of filling and shipping sugar in bags.