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ISLAND HISTORY: Master koa canoe builder Tetsuo Sato of Kauai

Born at Kilauea, Kauai, Tetsuo Sato (1909-1979) was a cabinetmaker, finish carpenter and master Hawaiian koa canoe builder noted for the restoration of the prize koa canoes “Kaulupeelani’” and “Princess,” and the building of the “Niumalu” for the Kauai Canoe and Racing Association (KCARA) during the 1950s.

ISLAND HISTORY: The suicide of Kauai sugar planter Henry Harrison Wilcox

The eighth of eight sons of American Protestant missionaries Abner and Lucy Wilcox of Waioli, Kauai, Henry Harrison Wilcox was born at Hanalei in 1858, educated at Punahou, and was for a number of years actively engaged in the management of Hanamaulu Sugar Plantation with his brother, Albert Spencer Wilcox.

ISLAND HISTORY: A brief history of Makee Sugar Co.

In 1876, Capt. James Makee (1813-1879) and his son-in-law, Col. Zephaniah S. Spalding (1837-1927), founded Makee Sugar Co. on several thousand acres of land at Kealia they’d purchased from the estate of rancher and dairy farmer Ernest Krull for $30,000, and on substantial acreage acquired at Kapaa.

ISLAND HISTORY: Tribute to Pacific magazine and editor Bud Bendix

It was Bud Bendix (1931-2016), the managing editor at Honolulu based Pacific Magazine, who in 1996 gave me my first break as a writer, when he accepted my historical nonfiction article “Surviving Among the Cannibals” for publication in the September-October issue of the magazine.

ISLAND HISTORY: Kauai Champion Boxer Placido D. Valenciano’s Recollections

Placido D. Valenciano (1917-2012) of Makaweli, Kauai, fought in the ring on Kauai, Honolulu and the Big Island as an amateur from the ages of 16 to 22 during Kauai’s “Golden Age” of boxing in the 1920s and 1930s, was crowned the Kauai Junior Featherweight Boxing Champion in 1939, and compiled a career record of 31 wins, 15 by knockout, and 8 losses.

ISLAND HISTORY: Kauai boxing champion Placido Dias Valenciano

Kauai Junior Featherweight Boxing Champion Placido D. Valenciano (1917-2012) was born in Ilocos Norte, Philippines and immigrated to Hawaii with his parents Faustino and Patricia Valenciano, and his brother, Mariano, in 1928 aboard the ship “President Cleveland” and settled at Makaweli, Kauai.

ISLAND HISTORY: The wreck of the steamer C.R. Bishop off Kaua‘i

At around 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 1894, the inter-island steamer C. R. Bishop, running at full speed of about 10 knots, was totally wrecked after striking rocks off shore of Kaua‘i just south of Hanama‘ulu Bay and approximately three miles north of Nawiliwili Harbor.

ISLAND HISTORY: Old-time Kaua‘i Judge Jacob Hardy

Jacob Hardy, for whom Hardy Street in downtown Lihu‘e is named, was born at Peabody, Massachusetts, in 1827, of English immigrant parents, and after graduating from Amherst College in 1849, he sailed to Hawai‘i on the advice of a physician who’d suggested a warmer climate would improve his poor health.

Peter Malina, jail-keeper at the old Lihu‘e Jail

Peter Malina (1877-1950), born in Lihue, Kauai, the son of John Malina and Keokilele Halemanu Ukeke Malina, was a jailor from 1909 until the mid-1920s at the old Lihue Jail, once located in Nawiliwili on what is now the site of Guardian Self Storage.

The ‘Hawaiian Legends’ of Kaua‘i’s William Hyde Rice

Born at Punahou, Oahu, the son of missionary parents William Harrison and Mary Sophia Hyde Rice, William Hyde Rice (1846-1924) was a rancher, the last governor of Kauai under Queen Liliuokalani, and the author of “Hawaiian Legends,” published in 1923 by the Bernice P. Bishop Museum.

Eric Knudsen, Kauai’s ‘Teller of Hawaiian Tales’

Rancher, sugar planter, lawyer and politician, and Kauai’s “Teller of Hawaiian Tales” Eric Alfred Knudsen (1872-1957) was born at Waiawa, Kauai, at that time the Knudsen family homesite about a mile west of Kekaha.

Acclaimed Kaua‘i artist Isami Doi

Born on O‘ahu, the son of Japanese immigrants who ran a general store, but raised in Kalaheo, Kaua‘i, Isami Doi (1903-1965) went on to become one of Hawai‘i’s most outstanding and beloved artists.