Rubber Plantation in Nahiku, Maui

In 1900, the only commercial rubber plantation in the United States started in Nahiku, a tiny village on the northern coast of East Maui. Read more about it in “Eighteen Feet of Tree in Fourteen Months.”

Hawaii Digital Resources Symposium

The Hawaii Digital Newspaper Project – Martha Chantiny and Jennifer Beamer – hosted the first Hawaii Digital Resources Symposium.  Approximately 60 participants attended the event on August 1, 2014.For HDNP, Martha presented about HDNP’s technical aspects, while Jennifer and Alice Kim presented about HDNP’s outreach efforts.

Other presenters included Keikilani Meyer and Loko’olu Quintero for the Ulukau Electronic Library, Keau George, Annemarie Aweau for the Hula Preservation Society, Shavonn Matsuda and interns for Ulu’Ulu.

Many thanks to Ulu’Ulu for the photo.

UH Hilo Presentation on Friday, September 5, 2014

uhh_logoCo-Principal Investigator Martha Chantiny will present about the Hawaii Digital Newspaper Project at the University of Hawaii at Hilo campus:

Presentation: What can I find in Hawaiʻi’s Newspapers from 1836 – 1922?

When: Friday, September 5, 2014, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Classroom, Mookini Library, UH Hilo

UH Hilo contact: Thora Abarca, Public Services Librarian
Edwin H. Mookini Library
University of Hawaii at Hilo
200 W. Kawili St., Hilo, HI 96721

Liliuokalani’s Tahitian Suitor

Liliuokalani’s Tahitian Suitor


Ukulele Ads

All our ukulele ads are online! On Hamilton Library’s Flickr and Pinterest sites, that is.

Most are from U.S. Mainland newspapers. Ukulele was once a fad on the Mainland, so I searched “ukulele” in newspapers from all states but Hawaii.

Since upload, the ukulele ads instantly became popular in our collection. Many viewers seemed to find them through searching “ukulele” on Flickr. 

Now we’re uploading Hawaiian souvenir ads, mostly from Hawaii Newspapers. Continuing with the Mainland’s fascination with Hawaii in the early 1900s, soon we’ll upload ads for Hawaiian music records!

Growing Up in Hanalei, Kauai

When she was growing up in Hanalei, Kauai, in the 1850s, Mrs. T. J. King befriended King Kamehameha IV, Queen Emma, and Queen Kapiolani. King played pranks on Kapiolani–putting sand in her bowl of pink poi and hiding her shoes up the tree.

Read more about it in King’s memories of growing up in Hanalei, Kauai, in “Reminiscences of Hanalei, Kauai”:

The Garden Island., May 22, 1917, Page 2, Image 2

The Garden Island., May 29, 1917, Page 2, Image 2

The Garden Island., June 05, 1917, Page 2, Image 2

Brother Joseph Dutton of Molokai

In the past five years, Father Damien and Marianne Cope became Hawaii’s first two Catholic saints. Brother Joseph Dutton could become the third. Like them, he spent the rest of his life, forty-two years, helping exiled leprosy victims in Kalaupapa, Molokai.

Brother Joseph wasn’t always a Catholic missionary. In Wisconsin, he was a civil war veteran who worked in a successful career, but struggled with depression, a failed marriage, and alcoholism. At age forty, Brother Joseph started practicing the Catholic faith, retired from his job, and started a new life. He told his friends,

“I had a feeling that I wanted to be in touch with human sufferings, to be active in the relief of those of my fellow-beings who were afflicted, yet so as not to bring me in direct contact with the outside world.”

Read more about Brother Joseph in “A Washington Beau Brummel…”


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