When Lyle Guslander bought the Coco Palms Hotel and hired Grace Buscher as manager in 1953, the hotel contained only 24 rooms and employed a staff of four.
One summer, long ago, when Kaua‘i’s teller of Hawaiian tales Eric Knudsen (1872-1957) was still a boy, his mother, Anne Sinclair Knudsen of Waiawa, Kaua‘i, decided to visit her mother, Eliza Sinclair, at her home in Kiekie, Ni‘ihau.
ISLAND HISTORY: American Protestant missionaries William Harrison Rice and Mary Sophia Hyde Rice of Koamalu, Kaua‘i
Missionary teacher William Harrison Rice and his wife, Mary Sophia Hyde Rice, were born in rural New York – he in 1813 at Oswego, and she in 1816 at Seneca Village, and both were educated in New York State.
Missionary teacher Abner Wilcox was born in Harwinton, Connecticut, in 1808, and was raised there on a farm in a colonial-style house that still stands.
Norwegian Valdemar Knudsen (1819-1898) settled on Kaua‘i in 1856 and at one time held government leases to over 100,000 acres of western Kaua‘i that was home to several hundred Hawaiians.
Kaua‘i-born sisters Chiyo Kamada Oyagi, Sato Kamada Nakao, and Misao Kamada Kawakami attended Lihu‘e School in Pua Loke, Kaua‘i, during the early 1900s and later married, raised children, and became longtime Kauai school teachers.
Kaua‘i’s teller of Hawaiian tales, Eric Knudsen (1872-1957), possessed a long, black, kauila-wood spear that was given to him by his father, Valdemar Knudsen (1819-1898).
A number of years ago, I phoned Broadway star, singer and actor Ed Kenney Jr. (1933-2018) at his home in Kapaa, and when he picked up his phone and I introduced myself he surprised me by singing the opening lines of the song “You Are Beautiful” from the musical “Flower Drum Song.”
Born in Hawai‘i, Lorraine “Lani” Keaoulilani Rodrigues Custino (1931-1998) was the daughter of singer, musician, composer, and song archivist Victoria Kealiikaapunihonua Ii and Clarence L. Rodrigues.
Keith Smith’s book, “Plantation Kids,” is a comprehensive account of his personal recollections, etched with detail, of the days of his youth while growing up in the plantation town of Kilauea, Kauai during the 1950s and 1960s, with much historical information weaved into the narrative.
In 1863, the Rev. Rufus Anderson of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions visited the Hawaiian Islands in the company of his wife, Eliza, and his daughter, Mary Anderson.
William Owen Smith (1848-1929), the eldest son of Kaua‘i missionaries Dr. and Mrs. James W. Smith, was born and raised at Koloa.
After missionary teacher and mechanic Samuel Whitney (1793-1845) had established the Waimea Mission Station in 1820 with his wife, Mercy, he began preaching all around Kaua‘i, traveling from village to village, 70 in all, with thousands of Hawaiians coming to hear him speak.
Capt. Isaac Hart (1805-1849), the builder of Hale Ali‘i, which was the original ‘Iolani Palace, and Washington Place, best known as the home of Queen Liliu‘okalani, was the great-great-grandfather of Oliver Crowell, born in 1939 at Waimea and now a resident of Honolulu.
The original inhabitants of Hawai‘i were Marquesan navigators who’d migrated northward to Hawai‘i in sailing vessels as early as the 4th century AD, followed by Tahitian voyagers who’d settled Hawai‘i during the 12th and 13th centuries.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Wilhelm George Schimmelfennig (1863-1927) was the son of German immigrants George Fredrick Schimmelfennig, a whaling captain, and his wife Fredricke.
An alii, Kekaihaakulou (Deborah Kapule’s Hawaiian name) was born about 1798 on Kauai, likely at Waimea, her parents being the high chief, Haupu, and the chiefess, Haea.
When Kauai’s teller of Hawaiian tales Eric Knudsen (1872-1957) was a young man, he became acquainted with an elderly, former Hawaiian whaleboat captain named Kapahe, and it was Knudsen’s pleasure to listen to Kapahe’s past exploits.
The following story is an abridged version of a tale once told by Kauai Sheriff William Henry Rice (1874-1945).