Whisky Growing in a Pineapple Field

This month in history — April 1912 — “Pineapple Field Is Found to Grow Splendid Whisky.” At a pineapple field in Wahiawa, a license inspector investigated the blind pigs (illegal alcohol dealers), and a man tried to sell beer to him.

Read more about it in “Pineapple Field Is Found to Grow Splendid Whisky.”

“Pineapple Field Is Found to Grow Splendid Whisky”
Hawaiian gazette, April 12, 1912, Page 2

Jules Tavernier: The Volcano Artist

Today in history — April 27, 1844 — Hawaiian volcano artist Jules Tavernier was born in Paris, France. Although he lived only his final five years in Hawaii, Tavernier painted as the most significant artist in Hawaii’s Volcano School (non-native Hawaiian artists who painted night scenes of Hawaii’s erupting volcanoes).
Beyond the jagged cliffs of Kilauea Volcano, the Halemaumau lava lake’s orange red glow illuminates the night (left image). Above, smoke shrouds the lake, and a full moon peeks behind grayish black clouds.

To paint this picture, in 1887, Jules Tavernier (1844-1889) made a grueling one-to-two day journey on horseback up to Kilauea’s peak.

Although the English French artist spent less than five years in Hawaii, Tavernier is considered the most significant artist in Hawaii’s Volcano School … Read more

Jules Tavernier: The Volcano Artist

Earthy Poems for an Earthly Day

Love the earth through poetry!

The Tree Planter

He who plants a tree,
He plants love;
Tents of coolness spreading out

Heaven and earth help him
who plants a tree.
And his work its own reward shall be.

Cultivate your earthly love with more wooden poetry: “Who Plants a Tree.”

“Who Plants a Tree”
The Jasper news, April 28, 1921, Image 9

Sinking of the Titanic

Today in history — April 15, 1912 — “Iceberg straight ahead!”, exclaimed a sailor on the RMS Titanic, the infamous cruise ship. Regardless of whether the quote from the movie Titanic was actually said, the sailors on the real RMS Titanic did spot an iceberg while sailing on the North Atlantic Ocean at 11:40 p.m.

Ironically, had the ship continued its course and hit the iceberg, the ship would have stayed afloat. However, the sailors instead tried to dodge the iceberg by turning the ship. But because it was sailing too quickly, the ship hit the iceberg, its fatal blow.

The more-than-2,000 passengers felt the “thud,” which made coffee and tea in the dining halls spill on tablecloths, stain women’s dresses, and interrupted conversations. However, the sailors did not alert the passengers. Feeling safe, they continued to enjoy their parties and went to bed after.

However, hours later, the passengers woke up to a sinking ship filling with water. To save themselves, they wore life vests, ran, swam for their lives in freezing seawater, and evacuated into lifeboats while hearing the calm, soothing music of a string quartet.

But the British passenger liner did not have enough lifeboats because planners thought the ship was too strong to sink. And after the ship sank, many of the lifeboats still had room for more passengers, but alas, the ship was not evacuated early enough. Thus, more than 1,300 people died early April 15, 1912. Read more about one of the worst maritime disasters of history in “Sinking of the Titanic”!

“Sinking of the Titanic”

The Transition to Digital Journalism Workshop

The Transition to Digital JournalismThe Transition to Digital Journalism 
Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Seminar Room, Sullivan Center for Innovation and Learning, Iolani School
563 Kamoku Street, Honolulu, HI 96826

Guest speaker: Gabe Johnson
senior video journalist and senior producer, The Wall Street Journal 
former editor and senior video journalist, The New York Times

Digital technology is altering the way journalists are doing their jobs — from producing video and slideshows, to capturing stories on mobile devices and using them to interact on social and media networks. Gabe will address the rapidly changing field of journalism as it faces a future that is increasingly viewed on a screen rather than in print, and share his views and expertise on today’s array of digital technologies.

Our time together with Gabe Johnson will include these topics:

  • understanding today’s digital technologies, and why and how to use them
  • identifying newsworthy stories
  • exploring methods of capturing stories using digital media
  • tackling the challenging process of fact-checking
  • Q & A with Gabe

Event includes light pupus and refreshments

TO REGISTER for this FREE workshop, RSVP by Monday, April 17, 2017: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-transition-to-digital-journalism-tickets-33238010785?aff=es2

For more information about the event, please contact Laurie Chang, `Iolani School Newsroom adviser, at lchang@iolani.org

Links to Gabe’s website and some of his works:

Website: http://cargocollective.com/gabejohnson

Trump and the Russian Hacks: a Timeline  http://on.wsj.com/2jkMZjn

An example of what you can do without ever leaving your desk. 7 min.

Tainted Meat: the Sickening of Stephanie Smith


Part of Pulitzer prize-winning project. 10 min


Honolulu Weekly Online

From Dore Minatodani, Hawaiian Collection Librarian:

Honolulu Weekly is now available online via eVols: https://evols.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10524/55438

Honolulu WeeklyThe Honolulu Weekly was published between 1991-2013. Honolulu welcomed the Weekly as an alternative to the Honolulu dailies, which offered a fresh take on Honolulu’s music and culture scene and issues of the day. And because things never really change, much of the Weekly‘s content remains relevant today.
This project has been a long time in the making, almost 4 years exactly. We thank the following people for their help and persistence:
  • Laurie Carlson, Publisher, Honolulu Weekly, for permission to digitize and post online and for bringing the Honolulu Weekly into being
  • Martha Chantiny, retired Department Head, Desktop Network Services (DNS), for championing this project
  • Kathleen Luscheck and Daniel Ishimitsu, DNS, for getting this QC-ed, OCR-ed, and uploaded to eVols
  • Amy Carlson, Collection Services Division Head, Hamilton Library
  • John Awakuni, Eric Fujiwara and Lyn Nagoshi — the library’s fiscal officers
  • Nora Goya and Wendy Wong, fiscal staff, Hamilton Library
  • Stu Dawrs and Eleanor Kleiber, Pacific Collection librarians
  • Jodie Mattos, Dore Minatodani, and Kapena Shim, Hawaiian Collection librarians, for authorizing co-funding for this project
  • Advanced Micro-Image, digitizing contractor
Honolulu Weekly on eVols