A brief history of Kauai’s Waita Reservoir

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.

Pioneer Kaua‘i sugar planter H.P. Fayé

Born and raised in Norway, H. P. (Hans Peter) Fayé (1859-1928) arrived in the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1880, and soon after leased land at Mana from his uncle, Valdemar Knudsen, and settled there.

The Hawaiian Sugar Company of Kaua‘i railroad

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.

H.S. Kawakami, the founder of Kauai’s Big Save Markets

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.

Kauai’s Kilauea Sugar Co. closed in Nov. 1971

The 11,500-acre, 94-year-old Kilauea Sugar Co. closed in Nov. 1971 after several consecutive unprofitable years of operation, and without the hope of making a profit for its parent company, C. Brewer & Co., in the future.

Historic photographs by W. J. Senda of Kauai

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.

Kaua‘i’s Kilauea Point Lighthouse was dedicated on May 1, 1913

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.

Adena Wallis Gillin, Kamaaina resident of Mahaulepu, Kauai

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.

The Captain Cook Monument at Waimea, Kauai was dedicated in 1928

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.

Pirates were hanged at Waimea, Kauai in 1818

On August 17, 1818, French-born, Argentine naval officer Captain Hippolyte Bouchard (1780-1837) arrived at Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii in command of the Argentine frigate “La Argentina.”