The Beginning of Waikiki Aquarium

This month in history — January 1903 — developers planned an aquarium in Kapiolani Park to attract visitors.

Today, the Waikiki Aquarium educates the public about the ocean and encourages environmental conservation. The second-largest aquarium in the United States, the Waikiki Aquarium is also a research unit of the University of Hawaii.

Read more about the aquarium’s beginning in “Will Build Aquarium for the Sea Beach.”

“Will Build Aquarium for the Sea Beach”
The Pacific commercial advertiser, January 15, 1903, Image 1


A Rare Burglary in Niihau

This week in history — January 1917, Niihau got its first reported burglary in forty years.  Two “native boys” stole money from a ranch manager’s office back in August 1916. The judge determined the boys were less likely to commit the crime again “on the peaceful and law-abiding island of Niihau than in the reform school.” Hence, he sent them back to Niihau and sentenced them to probation and other restrictions.

Read more about it in “Burglary on the Island of Niihau.”

“Burglary on the Island of Niihau”
The Garden Island, January 9, 1917, Image 1