Halloween in Palama

In 1912, Halloween in Palama meant attending a party with two-thousand people of all ages. The carnival in the gymnasium featured a “fish pond” of prizes, shoot the chutes, and pie-eating and apple-eating contests. Kids dressed in costumes: clowns, ghosts, and witches. Read more about it in “2,000 People in Halloween Party at Palama.”

“2,000 People in Halloween Party at Palama”
Honolulu star-bulletin., November 01, 1912, 3:30 Edition, Page 5, Image 5

Kaimuki Public Library Presentation

Graduate research assistant Alice Kim presented about using Chronicling America for research. Many of the sixteen attendees wanted to use Chronicling America for genealogical research. The presentation took place at the Kaimuki Public Library on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Many thanks to Friends of the Library of Hawaii and Kaimuki Public Library, especially librarian Christin Lozano.

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Hawaii’s First Electrical Telegraph

One hundred forty-two years ago this week, The Pacific Commercial Advertiser reported the first electric telegraph in Hawaii:

“The line connecting Mr. Rawson’s store and Mr. Eckart’s jewelry manufactory, is now in successful operation, and a crowd of the curious have been flattening their noses against Kinney’s front window to see the machine work. For the sake of satisfying everybody, messages will be sent over the wires for a few days from 12:30 to 1 o’clock P.M., when any one can witness their transmission.”

“The Telegraph”
The Pacific commercial advertiser., October 19, 1872, Image 3

Presentation at Kaimuki Public Library

Presentation at Kaimuki Public Library

When: Tuesday, October 20, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Kaimuki Public Library, 1041 Koko Head Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

Description: Alice Kim, a graduate research assistant and digitization coordinator, will conduct this one-hour presentation which will feature topics of interest from Hawaii newspapers and demonstrate search strategies on Chronicling America’s newspaper database. The end of the presentation will included a question & answer session for participants.

This one-hour program is sponsored by the Friends of Kaimuki Public Library and is suitable for ages 12 and older.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa runs the Hawaii Digital Newspaper Project, which are sponsored by the Library of Congress and National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information, call 733-8422.

Princess Kaiulani’s Birthday

Today in history — October 16, 1895 — Princess Victoria Ka’iulani celebrated her twentieth birthday in England, where she was studying abroad, surrounded by her friends and her father Archibald Scott Cleghorn. The Independent proclaims,

“For several years the alii has been absent from her native country, but although out of sight, she has never been out of the minds of her countrymen, and the many foreign residents in Hawaii nei, whose loyalty cannot be extinguished by ill-treatment, starvation, and threats from the interlopers who have turned her country topsy turvy.”

Read more about Kaiulani’s birthday in “1875-1895.”

The Independent., October 16, 1895, Image 2

Bernice Pauahi Paki Bishop Died and the Start of Kamehameha Schools

This week in history — October 16, 1884 — Bernice Pauahi Paki Bishop, the largest private landowner in the Kingdom of Hawaii, died. Upon her death, part of her estate funded the birth of Kamehameha Schools, a private-school system for Native Hawaiians. Read more about this philanthropist and alii in “The Late Mrs. C. R. Bishop.”

“The Late Mrs. C. R. Bishop”
The Hawaiian gazette., October 22, 1884, Image 2

Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906

“Oh, here’s to good old germs, Drink ’em down!,” goes a toast published in the December 6, 1903 St. Louis Republic.

Over a century ago, twelve government-sponsored volunteers, dubbed “the Poison Squad,” recite this toast before consuming food laced with toxic additives such as borax and salicylic acid. Scientific experiments on food using human guinea pigs eventually resulted in the signing of the Pure Food & Drug Act in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt. Read more about it in this topic guide.

Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 Topic Guide