Earliest Golf Games

image_681x801_from_0,2713_to_2464,5612Today in history — April 16, 1895 — The Daily Bulletin makes the earliest mention of golf in a Hawaii newspaper:

“Golf has been introduced in Honolulu. It is played at Punahou near the college. This is a favorite Scottish summer game.”

Five months later, The Hawaiian Gazette suggests the land in the back of Oahu College (now Punahou School) as “an admirable place for golf links.”

On January 3, 1896, The Hawaiian Gazette reported that six people, including President Sanford B. Dole and Walter Dillingham, have formed a golf club, which planned to “[awaken] genuine golf enthusiasm on the islands” and increase the club’s membership.
Sources
“Local and General News”
The Daily bulletin., April 16, 1895, Page 5
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82016412/1895-04-16/ed-1/seq-5/
“Local Brevities”

The Hawaiian gazette., September 13, 1895, Page 5
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83025121/1895-09-13/ed-1/seq-5/

“Game of Golf”
The Hawaiian gazette, January 3, 1896, Image 1
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83025121/1896-01-03/ed-1/seq-1/

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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
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014682/1914-01-24/ed-1/seq-5/


Hawaii’s First Airplane Flight

Today in history — December 31, 1910 — Hawaii witnessed its first aircraft flight. Pilot James “Bud” Mars dazzled 3,000 onlookers as he flew his brand-new, never-flown Diez-Shriver biplane over them in Moanalua field and between hills.

Read more about it in “Hawaii’s First Airplane Flight.”

Hawaii’s First Airplane Flight
https://hdnpblog.wordpress.com/historical-articles/hawaiis-first-airplane-flight/


Sun Yat-Sen in Honolulu

This month in history–November 12, 1866–Iolani School graduate Sun Yat-Sen (孫中山) was born in Cuiheng, China. The first president of China grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, and attended Oahu College (Punahou School) and Iolani School.

Read more about his developing years in “He Is a Honolulu Boy.”

“He Is a Honolulu Boy”
The Hawaiian star, November 21, 1896, Image 1
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015415/1896-11-21/ed-1/seq-1/


Hawaii’s First Dog Show

Today in history — September 6, 1906 — 105 dogs competed in Hawaii’s first dog show.  “The town is certainly going to the dogs,” said The Hawaiian Gazette.

“Almost every breed of dog, preserved for use or ornament,” were seen trotting at the dog show at the skating rink on Queen’s Street and ranged from toy dogs, including the only Blenheim spaniel in Hawaii, to guard dogs, including the Great Dane. However, no native poi dogs were seen–virtually all of the dog owners there were Haole (Caucasian) with European and Asian dogs, such as collies, fox-terriers, and the Japanese Spaniel.

The most interesting category–“Best dog or bitch owned by a lady”–reflected the less-negative connotation of the term “bitch” (female dog) back then.

Read more about Hawaii’s first dog show in “Dog Show’s Bright Opening.”

“Dog Show’s Bright Opening”
Hawaiian gazette, September 7, 1906, Page 5
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83025121/1906-09-07/ed-1/seq-5/


Emil Melville’s Balloon Ride

Up, up and away! This month in history–March 1889–before airplanes, hot-air balloons were becoming popular.

In Hawaii, Emil Melville would attempt the first human flight and first manned ascent on a balloon, perform acrobatic stunts, and hang from a trapeze.

How did Mr. Melville’s attempt go? Find out by reading “Emil Melville’s Balloon Ride.”

https://hdnpblog.wordpress.com/historical-articles/emil-melvilles-balloon-ride/


First Public Airport

Today in history–March 21, 1927–Hawaii’s first official civilian airfield, John Rodgers Airport, was dedicated. It was renamed Honolulu International Airport and became among the busiest U.S. airports with over 21 million passengers per year.

Read more about how people Hawaii traveled in “Trans-Pacific Travel.”

Trans-Pacific Travel
https://hdnpblog.wordpress.com/historical-articles/trans-pacific-travel/