Matt Austin, Grove Farm Museum’s Locomotive Restorer

In 1973, Miss Mabel Wilcox, the niece of Grove Farm Plantation founder George Norton Wilcox, decided to restore four old, broken-down sugar plantation locomotives stored in a Grove Farm warehouse at Puhi, and then use them to take visitors for rides at a plantation museum she planned to establish at her Grove Farm homestead in Lihue.

Ginger Beralas’s Lihue Plantation train ride

In her book, “Personal Recollections of Growing up on Kauai, Hawaii in the 1950s and 1960s,” my wife, Ginger (Beralas) Soboleski, wrote about a special train ride she took one Sunday morning in 1955 with her father, Lihue Plantation employee Al Beralas, when she was 6 years old, residing in Lihue Camp A and attending the old Lihue Grammar School in Pua Loke.

Hawaiian Canneries manager Albert Horner’s Waipouli residence

In 1930, at a cost of about $18,000, Albert Horner Jr., the manager of Hawaiian Canneries Co. of Kapaa, built a two-story, 14-room frame mansion, designed by Honolulu architect Ralph A. Fishbourne, at Waipouli, on property where the Lae Nani condominiums are now situated.

Kauai’s first official bicycle race

Kauai’s first official bicycle race took place on the morning of July 4, 1927, starting at the Koloa side of the Hanapepe Bridge on Hanapepe Road, and finishing at the Makaweli baseball field, a distance of approximately four miles.

Kalaheo Vocational School Principal Frank S. Pugh

Born and educated in England, Frank S. Pugh (1886-1949) arrived on Kauai in 1921 to become the industrial supervisor of Kauai schools, and in 1923 was appointed principal of Kalaheo School, where he was largely responsible for the construction of a manual training shop in that same year.

German Immigrants William & Louisa Kruse Of Kauai

In May 1883, German immigrants Mr. William Kruse (1856-1936) and Mrs. Louisa Kruse (1857-1925), with their three children, debarked from the steamer Ehrenfel at Koloa Landing with a number of other German immigrant families following a five month voyage from Germany.

Kahukini’s Koloa secret treasure cave

At Koloa, Kauai, during the 1800s, there lived a very energetic and shrewd Native Hawaiian businessman by the name of Kahukini (early 1800s-1883), whose 20-acre property was located very close to St. Raphael Catholic Church, founded in 1841 by Irish-born Fr. Arsenius Walsh (1804-1869).