Kauai’s coldest recorded temperatures recalled

In February 1917, William Hardy, the territorial hydrographic official on Kauai, reported that the temperature at Kokee during the latter part of January had plummeted to a freezing 32 degrees.

Hawaiian Centenarian Kaapu Kolo (1801-1920)

Born on Niihau in 1801, Kaapu Kolo was a young girl when she, her parents and others would sometimes stand on the beaches of Niihau to watch with wonder as strange foreign vessels with great sails glided past their island home.

A History of Lihue Hospital

Kauai’s first hospital, a 20-bed facility, was built in Koloa by Koloa Plantation sometime during the 1880s.

The notorious Honorato-Gasmen feud

The deadly feud between Honorato and Gasmen families of Kauai, which that took place on Kauai between 1976 and 1995, originated when George Honorato testified against Rojelio Gasmen for Gasmen’s part in a 1976 Nawiliwili shooting incident that resulted in Gasmen being sentenced to five years in prison.

Strange happenings at the Pacific Missile Range

When Navy Lt. Cmdr. Bruce Rolfe and his wife, Cora, moved into their quarters at 1204-B Regulus Drive at Kauai’s Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) in the early 1980s, they began to experience unexplainable phenomenon.

Hawaiian singer and steel guitarist Annie Kerr

Trina Elizabeth Sonoda of Wailua, my son Brett’s fiancée, recently told me that she is the great-great-grandniece of Hawaiian singer and steel guitarist Annie Kerr (1906-1967).

Ginger Beralas’ oopu fishing days on the North Shore

My wife, Ginger, was born and raised on Kauai, and during the 1950s and early 1960s she’d often go fishing with her family — at the seashore, in plantation reservoirs or steams in the mountains, or in the Hanalei and Wainiha rivers.