School Notes

How does attending a junior high school that teaches trade skills and home economics sound to you? In 1921, Waimea Junior High School offered boys courses in mechanical drawing, pipe fitting and soldering, and practical electrical work. For girls, the junior high school offered cooking classes, preserving classes, textiles, home making, and balancing of food values.

The Garden Island (1919-1922) and The Maui News (1905-1921) reported about these course offerings in their “School Notes” section. In both newspapers, the “School Notes” would include local public school news (e.g. honor roll, field trips, school statistics, and commencement) and news articles and letters by students. 

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“School Notes” in Chronicling America

The Garden Island

The Garden Island., November 30, 1920, Page 6, Image 6

The Garden Island., October 04, 1921, Page 5, Image 5

The Garden Island., December 13, 1921, Page 5, Image 5

The Garden Island., May 16, 1922, Page 3, Image 3

The Garden Island., October 31, 1922, Image 5

The Maui News

The Maui news., November 14, 1919, Page TWO, Image 2

The Maui news., November 26, 1920, Page THREE, Image 3

The Maui news., April 29, 1921, Page THREE, Image 3

The Maui news., July 09, 1920, Page EIGHT, Image 8

The Maui news., February 25, 1921, Page THREE, Image 3

NDNP adds 2 more states

NEH has announced that two new partners are joining the National Digital Newspaper Program this year. Awards were made to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the South Dakota Department of Tourism and State Development to digitize newspapers from Nevada and South Dakota. The number of participants in the program is now 39, including 37 states, one territory, and the District of Columbia. Hawaii joined the NDNP in 2009. NEH and the Library of Congress aim to have every state and U.S. territory represented in Chronicling America.

Finding a Hawaiian Idol

Finding a Hawaiian idol can cause quite a stir. When Alatau Leonard Charles Atkinson got a four-foot wooden idol, hundreds of native Hawaiians rushed to Atkinson’s office to name and claim the idol as their families’ family idol.

Museums and collectors offered to purchase the idol. Atkinson sold it, but to who? Read more about it in “He Parts with His Idol.”

Kala Fights a Shark

In 1852, a captain’s young son fell overboard at a Guatemalan harbor, and a shark, which already killed another shipman three days ago, was swimming nearby.

Kala, a Native Hawaiian working on a ship far from his homeland, jumped into the water to kill the shark. Did Kala succeed?

Read more about it in “Kala Kills Sharks.”

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We’ll be uploading even more ukulele ads in the next four weeks, so keep checking back!

Chief Moikeha

Rejected by his lover Luukia, ancient Tahitian high chief Moikeha sailed 2,300 miles from Tahiti to Hawaii, became an alii in Kauai, and started a family. Read more about it in “The Story of Moikeha.”

Start of the University of Hawaii at Manoa

In 1907, the University of Hawaii started out as the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. Hawaii Governor George Carter and the newly formed Board of Regents discussed the college’s formation, including the campus’ location and buildings.

Read more about the informal discussion about the development of the future UH Manoa campus in “Agricultural College Start.”

Shopping Hints for Visitors to Hawaii

Visitors to Hawaii often buy gifts to take home. Food can include Macadamia nut chocolates, Kona coffee, and dried poi. Merchandise can include ukulele, aloha shirts, and lei.

Over a hundred years ago, the Hawaiian Star recommended a few curios: Hawaiian calabashes, weapons, tapa cloth, and jewelry. Read more about it in “Shopping Hints for Visitors.”

Okame, the Shark Hunter

In a story, King Kamehameha sentenced Okame, a fisherman, to death for insulting the fire goddess Pele. Kamehameha loved shark fishing, so he used his prisoners as shark bait, which was soon to be Okame’s fate. However, Okame realized that he could help Kamehameha capture a huge shark without and survive. What happened to Okame?

Read this story, “Okame, The Shark Hunter,” in The Washington Times.

Women from Hawaii visit the Pacific Northwest

In 1909, four women from Hawaii would go on a four-month tour of the U.S. Pacific Coast. The Seattle Star says Florence Kim-Fung Ho was “one of the most interesting fair visitors” and describes her as an American “except for her Chinese features”: “She speaks and acts just as any American young woman would, and she is thoroughly interested in teaching.”

Ho describes how children in Hawaii do not dress:

“A few years back the children of the Hawaiian islands may have gone to school scantily clad, or in some case clad as nature adorned them, but those days have passed.”

Another woman on the tour, Elizabeth K. Victor, a granddaughter of former governor S. K. Kipi, expresses her pride in her Hawaiian culture:

“I am very proud of my country, and while I have always thought our music the most beautiful in the world, I am more than ever in love with it since hearing it far away from home.”

Read more about these women in “Chinese Girl Who Teaches in Hawaii is Visiting Here.”