John Manaia Nawela and the Shark Akua

On a spring morning in 1885, Native Hawaiian John Manaia Nawela (1852-1940) was a sailor in Hilo Harbor aboard the schooner Pohoiki, which was being loaded by lighters with a cargo of ohia railroad ties bound for Honolulu.

Kahuna Morrnah Simeona’s exorcism at Lihue Dairy

In February 1946, Alan Fayé Sr., the manager of the Fayé family’s Waimea Sugar Co. and Waimea Dairy, was considering the purchase of 70 Holstein cows and bulls from Lihue Dairy, then managed by Caleb Burns, also the manager of Lihue Plantation.

Valdemar Knudsen’s Waiawa Vineyard

Kauai sugar pioneer and rancher Valdemar Knudsen (1819–1898) once held a 30-year lease on Hawaiian Crown Lands encompassing over 100,000 acres, which stretched westward from the Waimea River, across the plains of Kekaha and Mana, beyond Polihale as far as Nualolo Valley along the Napali Coast, and inland from the sea into the mountains of Kokee, all of which was home to several hundred Hawaiians.

Kaumualii wanted a huge diamond

In old Hawaii, the fragrant wood of the iliahi tree, called sandalwood, was merely burned as firewood or mixed with coconut oil to perfume kapa.

Hawaiian Canneries Co. of Kapaa closes

Hawaiian Canneries Co., which cultivated pineapple on 3,400 acres scattered over 35 miles from Hanamaulu to Hanalei, and processed and canned its pineapple at Kapaa canneries, now the site of Pono Kai Resort, shut down in 1962 after being in business for nearly 50 years.

Gloria Rapozo recalls baking Portuguese bread

In July 1973, Gloria Rapozo of Hanamaulu Camp reminisced about baking Portuguese bread in a brick oven, which was still standing within a splintered shed in the camp, but was then unusable.

Kauai Governor Paul Puhiula Kanoa

Paul Puhiula Kanoa (1832-1895), Kauai’s governor from 1881 to 1886 during the reign of King David Kalakaua, was an alii — his parents being Kaaikaulehelehe and Kapau, and his hanai father, with whom he is sometimes mistaken for, was Paulo Kanoa, the governor of Kauai from 1846 to 1877.

1946 Sakada Napoleon Comisap

When the Japanese Army invaded the Philippines in December 1941, Napoleon Comisap (1916-2000) – then residing in Laoag City with his wife, Dionisia, and infant daughter, Esmeralda – was called up by the 3rdBattalion, 13thInfantry Regiment, Philippine Army.