Originally from New York, Hugh H. Brodie (1855-1940) had graduated from Cornell University and had taught school and served as a principal on the mainland before arriving on Kauai in 1897 to become a teacher and the principal of Hanapepe School.
Born and apprenticed as a carpenter in England, John Cook (1824-1916) went to sea at the age of 19 as a ship’s carpenter in the service of the British Navy.
During World War II, Pat Shannon, along with his wife Sophie and daughter Hannah, were shelled in their Nawiliwili home by a Japanese submarine at around 1:30 a.m. on the moonlit morning of Dec. 30, 1941.
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.
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.