Born in Colorado, Kauai harbor master John “Captain Jack” Bertrand (1891-1971) ran away from home in Nova Scotia at the age of 12 or 14 to follow the sea as a deckhand and mess boy aboard fishing schooners and cargo vessels plying the Newfoundland banks off Nova Scotia.
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.
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.
Aylmer Robinson (1888-1967) was born at Makaweli, Kauai into a family that had owned the island of Niihau since 1864, when his great-grandmother, Scottish-born Eliza Sinclair, had purchased it from King Kamehameha V for $10,000.
Edward Henry Walton Broadbent (1872-1947) was born in New Zealand and was trained there as a blacksmith prior to his moving to Hawaii in 1891 and finding skilled work at the Honolulu Iron Works.
Keokilele Halemanu Punana Ukeke’s (1839-1913) genealogy, published in 1998, lists nearly 700 descendants by her 20 children from two marriages.
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.
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.
Mrs. Elizabeth Stone Bahr, a resident of Northern Virginia and an attorney with the U.S. Department of Defense specializing in international and treaty law, is a descendant of Kaua‘i Gov. Paul P. Kanoa (1832-1895) and his wife, Kaleipua Kanoa (1843-1897), through their daughter and heir Ho‘omalu Kanoa Kreuter (1880-1945).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beginning circa 400 AD and continuing over a number of succeeding centuries, Polynesian sea voyagers from the Marquesas and Tahiti became the first people to inhabit the Hawaiian islands.
Historian Ethel Damon (1883-1965) was born in Honolulu, the daughter of Edward Chenery Damon, a retailer with JT Waterhouse and Company, and Cornelia Beckwith Damon.
Born in Lihue, Kauai, the daughter of Filipino paniolo John Malina Sr. and Keokilele Halemanu Punana Ukeke, Nani Malina Alapai (1874-1928) was for over 20 years the prima donna soprano of the Royal Hawaiian Band.
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.
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.