Nuclear fireball seen in the sky south of Kauai

On Friday, Oct. 19, 1962, at 10:29 p.m., a number of Kauai residents observed a brilliant, green-rimmed, orange fireball that burst low over Kauai’s southwest horizon, remained visible for about 10 seconds, and then faded into a reddish glow before disappearing.

A Menehune was seen at Waimea School In 1929

In Hawaiian folklore, the Menehune are a legendary race of small people, only very rarely seen, who live deep within the woodlands and seldom frequented valleys of the Hawaiian Islands.

Working on the island of Niihau

During 1993, while employed as a U.S. Department of Agriculture entomological technician, I had the privilege of visiting Niihau several times to assist entomologist Dr. Roger Vargas with his insect survey of the island.

The McBryde Sugar Company Railroad

McBryde Sugar Co. Ltd., in operation on Kauai from 1899 to 1996, with its lands initially extending eastward from Eleele for eight miles along the southern coast of Kauai to Kukuiula, began building its railroad system at the outset of its organization on May 25, 1899.

Princess Ruth Keelikolani and Kauai

Princess Ruth Keelikolani (1826-1883) — in her day the wealthiest woman in all Hawaii — visited Kauai often, typically arriving by inter-island steamer at Nawiliwili Bay, where a rowboat would carry her to the Kalapaki Landing.

Hauling cane for McBryde Sugar Co.

Our Island History columnist, Hank Soboleski, made some of his own Kauai history as a cane haul driver for McBryde Sugar Company in the early 1980s.

Kauai wild boar hunter Diedrich Prigge Jr.

One of Kauai’s all-time great wild boar hunters was Diedrich Prigge Jr. (1906-1980), the son of German immigrant and longtime Kauai schoolteacher Diedrich Prigge Sr. and Hannah Kaai Prigge of Anahola.

Kauai schoolteacher Mrs. Lucy Wright

Mrs. Lucy Kapahu Aukai Wright was born on Kauai, was of Hawaiian-Chinese ancestry, and after completing studies on Oahu returned to Kauai as principal and sole teacher at Anahola English School.

Kauai hero Arthur Junichi ‘Jun’ Saiki

On March 20, 1937, 12-year-old Kapaa Grammar School student Arthur “Jun” Saiki was standing on a bridge straddling Kapaa’s Waipouli Stream with a group of his young friends, watching a torrent of muddy storm water flow beneath him that had risen three feet, almost to bridge level.

Old-Time Kauai banker Frank Crawford

Kauai banker Frank Crawford (1871-1962) was born in Indiana and came to Kauai in 1903 to open the first branch bank of the Bank of Hawaii in the Territory of Hawaii at Lihue, where he continued to serve until 1946,

Little Emily Lemaholo kidnapped to Kauai

About the 11th of December 1900, Emily Lemaholo — a little Hawaiian girl — was abducted from her Honolulu home by a Native Hawaiian woman who took her to Honolulu Harbor, where a witness who knew Emily observed the child

Kauai-born Seiichi Moriwake impressed into the Japanese Army

In 1911, when 21-year-old Seiichi Moriwake (1890-1950) of Mana Camp, Kauai, left Hawaii with his parents, Mangoro and Suye Moriwake, for an extended stay in Hiroshima, Japan — the city from which his parents had immigrated to Hawaii in 1887

Kauai’s Mana Camp

Mana Camp, a now vanished but once thriving sugar plantation community, was located just off the Waimea side of Kaumualii Highway about midway between the Pacific Missile Range Facility on the west and Kamokala Ridge to the east. There are

The Wailua Golf Course mine

On July 22, 1947, Mrs. Alice Mukai, an employee of Kauai’s Wailua Golf Course, spotted a suspicious-looking, large dark object resting atop the reef about 200 feet offshore of the golf course and immediately phoned the Kauai Police Department. What

The Honorable Fred H. Hayselden At Makaweli, Kauai

Throughout the summer of 1913, the Hon. Fred H. Hayselden (1851-1924) — who had once enjoyed the company of Hawaiian royalty and other distinguished personages during the reigns of King David Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani — could be found working