The first crossing of the Pacific by air was accomplished in 1928 by Australian pilot Charles Kingsford Smith, copilot Charles Ulm, navigator Harry Lyon and radio operator James Warner flying the Fokker trimotor monoplane “Southern Cross.”
Anne Martha Rapozo Caires (1918-1978), the daughter of Antone and Rosalia Rapozo of Kilauea, Kauai, served in the Women’s Air Raid Defense (WARD) on Kauai during World War II.
Waita Reservoir, with an area of 425 acres located on a site overlooking Koloa, Kauai, and bound on three sides by hills and a 28-foot-high dam on the fourth, is second in size in the State of Hawaii only to Halalii Lake on Niihau with its 841 acres of area.
In March 1870, the Navy’s USS Saginaw arrived at Midway Atoll with a construction crew aboard assigned the mission of blasting, widening and deepening the channel entrance through Midway’s encircling reef.
The daughter of Jimmie and Mary Bal, Janet Kahaunani Bal Landfried was born in Lihue in 1941, raised in Kekaha during the 1940s and 1950s, and attended Waimea High and Elementary School from kindergarten through graduation in 1959.
Hawaiian Sugar Co. (HSCo) of Makaweli, Kauai, aka Makaweli Plantation, was founded by representatives of the Scottish firm of Mirelees, Watson & Yaryan not long after the signing of the Treaty of Reciprocity of 1875 between the Hawaiian Kingdom and the United States.
Following H. S. (Harvey Saburo) Kawakami’s arrival on Kauai from Japan in Oct. 1912 to join his older brother, Fukutaro, and his father, Fukujiro, at Port Allen, Fukutaro enrolled him at Eleele School to learn English, and in Sept. 1913, Fukutaro sent H. S. to study at Mid-Pacific Institute on Oahu.
Unlike most of the 300 Japanese immigrants who walked off the Hong Kong Maru at Honolulu Harbor on October 23, 1906, 17-year-old W. J. (William Junokichi) Senda (1889-1984) had no job to claim at an island sugar plantation, nor were there friends and family waiting for him.
On Thursday evening, May 1, 1913, Construction Superintendent Frank C. Palmer pressed a button at the newly constructed Kilauea Point Lighthouse that resulted in the illumination, for the first time, of the lighthouse’s 250,000 candle power lamp, which immediately began flashing every 10 seconds for a distance of 21 miles.
Born in California, longtime Mahaulepu, Kauai resident Adena Wallis Gillin (1907-1996) arrived at Koloa, Kaua‘i in 1926 following her graduation from Pasadena High School to became the assistant of her uncle, Dr. Alfred Herbert Waterhouse, in the operation of his experimental electrical physiotherapy equipment.
In the afternoon of Jan. 20, 1778, Capt. James Cook’s ships, the Resolution and Discovery, dropped anchors off the mouth of the Waimea River on Kauai, and Cook, the British explorer and discoverer of the Hawaiian Islands, made for shore with a guard of 12 armed marines in 3 boats.
Lihue Plantation Company was founded in 1849 as Henry A. Pierce & Co. and was in continuous operation on Kauai until it closed in 2000.
Born at Schenectady, New York, the son of sea captain John Dominis and Mary Dominis, John Owen Dominis (1832-1891) moved from New York to Honolulu with his parents in 1837.
One of the best-known photographs ever taken in Hawaii is of three young women in the employ of famed photographer Ray Jerome Baker (1880-1972), who took their picture in his Honolulu studio during World War II.
Anton Cropp (1853-1913), a reserve officer in German Army, arrived in Hawaii in 1880 and within two years succeeded John N. Wright as Koloa Plantation manager.
Kauai surveyor Dennis Esaki recently reminisced about growing up on his father’s farm at Aliomanu, Kauai back in the “good old days” of the 1950s.