Posted: March 17, 2017 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Holidays, Teasers
Today in history — St. Patrick’s Day 1914 — You didn’t need to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day; you just needed to enjoy toasting to Saint Patrick.
On this day, Honolulu’s elites held and attended parties, which included green decorations, alcohol for toasting, food, and music. In these parties, people could be seen giving toast to Saint Patrick, and people singing Irish-themed songs (e.g. “My Dear Old Irish Mother”) and an orchestra playing could be heard. In fact, even the governor of Hawaii, Lucius Pinkham, attended a party and gave a brief toast. Read more about it in “Good Irish and True Meet at St. Patrick’s Eve Banquet.”
“Good Irish and True Meet at St. Patrick’s Eve Banquet”
Honolulu star-bulletin, March 17, 1914, Page 7
Posted: March 6, 2017 Filed under: Articles, Deaths, Teasers
Today in history — March 6, 1899 — Princess Victoria Kaiulani left the world at 23 years old. Surrounded by her loved ones, the apparent heir to the throne of the Hawaiian Kingdom died of rheumatism. The Hawaiian Gazette described Kaiulani’s popularity:
Kaiulani was the idol of the natives. The mourning will be deep and general. With the foreign population the young lady was a great favorite. She was a leader in social affairs and charitable enterprises.
Read more about her death and life in the article “Death Calls the Princess.”
“Death Calls the Princess”
Hawaiian gazette, March 7, 1899, Image 1
Posted: February 19, 2017 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Japanese, Mainland US Newspapers, Teasers, U.S. History, WWI
Today in history — February 19, 1942 — U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which imprisoned 75,000 Japanese Americans and 45,000 Japanese nationals in “internment camps” across the country.
A local man from Hawaii in Northern California, Masuto Hata was imprisoned even though he fought for America in WWI. Also, even though his son Makoto stayed in a concentration camp, he enlisted in the military and got seriously wounded in a battle in Italy.
Read more about it in “Local Japanese Soldier Is Killed” (bottom text and right image).
Local Japanese Soldier Is Killed
Local relatives have been notified one Fresno soldier of Japanese ancestry has been killed in action and another seriously wounded.
Private Haruo Kawamoto lost his life on the Italian front and Private Makoto M. Hata is in serious condition with a shell fragment wound in the abdomen. Hata is in a hospital in Italy.
Kawamoto, 20, was a graduate of the Central Union High School. He was an honor student and one of the speakers at the graduation exercises in the Fresno Japanese Assembly Center in 1942. He entered the service in July, 1944, received his basic training at Camp Blanding, Fla., and was sent overseas in January. He served in France and Italy with an infantry division. Two of his brothers are in the service: Corporal Yurio Kawamoto of Fort Sam Houston, Tex., who volunteered in March 1941, and Private First Class Mitsu Kawamoto who is serving in Italy. Another brother, Toshio Kawamoto, is living near Fresno, and his father and two sisters are in the relocation center at Amachi, Colo.
Hata, 23, has seen service in Italy and France with the infantry. He is a son of Masuto Hata of Ashlan Avenue.”
Makoto Hata – Fresno Bee, Republican, Fresno CA, 05/09/1945 p. 14
Posted: February 15, 2017 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Firsts, Teasers, Technology
Today in history–February 15, 1901–the motorcycle debuted in Hawaii. Mr. Whitman, manager of the Tribune bicycle agency, took the very first spin around downtown Honolulu and Waikiki. Read about the first motorcycle ride in Hawaii in “First Motorcycles in Hawaii.”
First Motorcycles in Hawaii
Posted: January 30, 2017 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Firsts, Newspaper History, Teasers | Tags: "university of hawaii", Chronicling America, comic, Comic strip, comics, first comics, Hawaii, ndnp, news, newspaper
Today in history–January 30, 1904–the first comic strips in Hawaii debuted in the Evening Bulletin.
In color, the first comics consisted of seven multi-panel strips of comedic cartoons, such as the following:
Earlier comics appeared in North American newspapers in the late 1800s.
Probably due to the lack of interest, the Evening Bulletin eventually stopped publishing comics. However, comic strips would eventually reappear in Hawaii’s newspapers, such as the Honolulu Star-Advertiser
The First Comic Strips
Evening bulletin, Jan. 30, 1904, Image 9
Posted: January 13, 2017 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Immigration, Korean, Shipping, Teasers
Today in history — January 13, 1903 — the first large group of Korean immigrants arrived in America. Fifty-six men, twenty-one women, and twenty-five children sailed on the RMS Gaelic and landed in Hawaii. Many of them would work in the sugar plantations.
Within two years, more than 7,000 Korean immigrants arrived in Hawaii.
Read more about it in “Koreans Arriving.”
“Koreans Arriving: A Large Party Come by the Gaelic”
The Hawaiian star, January 13, 1903, Image 1