Manjiro Nakahama: One of the First Japanese in America

Starting out as a simple village fisherman, Manjiro Nakahama would become one of the first Japanese people to visit the United States. He likely became the first Japanese person to ride a train and a steamship, officer an American vessel, and lead a trans-Pacific voyage. Nakahama also spent time in the Hawaiian islands.

Read more about it in “Romance of Japanese Who Was Once in These Islands.”

The Pacific commercial advertiser., June 17, 1902, Image 1

Gamblers Wrestling with Police Officers

In 1901, police officers tried to arrest Japanese gamblers, who turned out to be expert wrestlers and tried to evade arrest with their skills:

“… a mild-looking, well-dressed [Japanese man], who with a simple turn of his wrist, threw [the officers] upon their backs or caused them to writhe in pain by a steel-like grip upon their wrists and thumbs.”

How could the police officers arrest these gamblers? Read more about it in “Tricks of Wiry Japs.”

“Tricks of Wiry Japs: No Joke to Try and Arrest Some of Them”
The Pacific commercial advertiser., June 19, 1901, Page 12, Image 12

Ancient Hawaiian Calabash for Sale

For sale: a calabash, a large wooden bowl from the days of Kamehameha I, which has passed through generations.

A Hawaiian chiefess used the calabash during feasts as a container for poi, which the ancient Hawaiians ate around the table. That is, before she met her death when one of her disgruntled workers pushed her off a cliff.

Read more about it in “Relic of the Days of Kamehameha.”

“Relic of the Days of Kamehameha”
The Pacific commercial advertiser, December 11, 1909, Page 10

Kaimuki Public Library Presentation

Alice Kim, HDNP’s graduate research assistant, plans to present at the Kaimuki Public Library on Thursday, October 20, 2015, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Library Address:
Kaimuki Public Library
1041 Koko Head Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816

Library Phone Number: (808) 733-8422

We’ll post more details after they’re confirmed.

Mildred Leo Clemone and Her Native Hawaiians

Mildred Leo Clemone and Her Native Hawaiians introduced Hawaii to audiences in the Midwest in 1920. The ensemble played the ukulele, steel guitar, mandolin, and guitar, and the dancer performed the bamboo dance and the warrior dance.

Read more about it in “Mildred Leo Clemone and Her Native Hawaiians…”

“Mildred Leo Clemone and Her Native Hawaiians…”
The Owosso times., June 11, 1920, Image 6

The Ukulele Craze on the Mainland United States

Ukulele was a fad on the Mainland United States in 1915. Hawaiian songs, such as “Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula,” were playing on the radio. Every kid in Berkeley, California, seemed to own an ukulele. College glee clubs strummed on the ukulele. Ukulele manufacturers in Hawaii and on the Mainland were pumping out ukulele.

Read more about it in “The Ukulele Craze on the U.S. Mainland.”

The Ukulele Craze on the U.S. Mainland

Alternative Medicine

Alternative medicine, also known as “complementary medicine,” “homeopathic medicine,” and “osteopathic medicine” refers to medical practices not administered in conventional healing systems of the west. Alternative medicine includes practices such as homeopathy, osteopathy, herbal medicine, traditional medicine, naturopathy, chiropractic, Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese medicine and mineral based medicines.

Read more about it in the alternative medicine subject guide.

Alternative Medicine Subject Guide