First Taxi Cab in Hawaii

This month in history — January 1914 — Hawaii’s first taxis debuted in Honolulu. Prominent citizens rode in the seven taxi cabs, and the cabs, all Ford models, paraded through the main streets.

“Call a taxi!,” the Honolulu Star-Bulletin exclaimed. “Whether it be a trip round the island, a jaunt to the Pali or a ride about town–call a taxi.”

Read more about it in “Taxicab Company Opens for Business Here”!

“Taxicab Company Opens for Business Here”
Honolulu star-bulletin, January 24, 1914, Page 5

Prince Kuhio Arrested in Washington D.C. for “Disorderly Conduct”

This month in history — January 1904 — Hawaii congressional delegate Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole said policemen in Washington D.C. hit him from behind, tackled him to ground, and arrested him for “disorderly conduct” in a billiard saloon. But they said the Hawaiian prince was arguing with a man, they told him to quiet down, and he told them he was a congressional delegate and acted abusively.

Which side do you believe? Read more about it in “Kuhio’s Account of His Arrest.”

“Kuhio’s Account of His Arrest.”
The Hawaiian star, January 22, 1904, Image 1

King Kalakaua’s Death

Today in history — January 21, 1891 — King Kalakaua died at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco.

In December 1890, King Kalakaua took his last trip to San Francisco, never to see home again. A doctor recommended the ill king to seek medical treatment in San Francisco, California. Unfortunately, Kalakaua’s health worsened, and he died of Bright’s disease.

Read about the Hawaiian Kingdom’s bereavement in “King Kalakaua Dead.”

“King Kalakaua Dead”
Hawaiian gazette, February 3, 1891, Image 1

Chinese New Year in Prison

This month in history — January 1900 — Quarantined Chinese people in Hawaii wanted to celebrate their most important holiday: Chinese New Year. They requested from the government 25,000 fire crackers and one can of peanut oil, so they could blow them up at the Kakaako detention camp.

Read more about this Chinese New Year in“To Celebrate New Year’s” (far right).

“To Celebrate New Year’s”
The Hawaiian star, January 29, 1900, Image 1

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