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/


The First Motorcycle in Hawaii

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
https://hdnpblog.wordpress.com/historical-articles/first-motorcycles-in-hawaii/


First Comics in Hawaii Newspapers

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 today.

The First Comic Strips

Evening bulletin, Jan. 30, 1904, Image 9
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82016413/1904-01-30/ed-1/seq-9/
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82016413/1904-01-30/ed-1/seq-10/
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82016413/1904-01-30/ed-1/seq-11/
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82016413/1904-01-30/ed-1/seq-12/

Search Strategy
After the Evening Bulletin’s January 30, 1904, the comic strips appeared every other Saturday.

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Died

Today in history — January 22, 1890 — Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku died. He was a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming and surfer who made surfing popular on the U.S. Mainland.

Read more about him in “Duke Kahanamoku.”

Duke Kahanamoku
https://hdnpblog.wordpress.com/historical-articles/duke-kahanamoku-in-u-s-newspapers/


Gas Lights Up Hawaii for the First Time

Today in history–November 2, 1858–Hawaii’s first gas lights lit up a billiard saloon in downtown Honolulu for the first time. The Polynesian noted the gas light’s benefits over previous lighting technology:

“The preference of gas light over every other artificial light consists not only in its greater convenience, purity and brilliancy, but also in this, that its use greatly diminishes the risk of losses by fire and thus has a great influence on the insurance of buildings.”

Read more about it in “Hawaii’s First Gas Lights.”

Hawaii’s First Gas Lights
https://hdnpblog.wordpress.com/historical-articles/hawaiis-first-gas-light/


Hawaii’s First Cars

Today in history–October 8, 1899–people in Honolulu saw cars whizzing past them for the first time. Henry P. Baldwin and Edward D. Tenney drove around their “wagons” without horses!  Austin’s Hawaiian Weekly predicted that the word “automobile” may become a household word. Read more about it in “Hawaii’s First Automobile.”

Hawaii’s First Automobile
https://hdnpblog.wordpress.com/historical-articles/hawaiis-first-automobiles/


Alexandar Joy Cartwright Jr.’s Legacy in Hawaii

Today in history — July 12, 1892 — Known as the inventor of modern baseball, Alexandar Joy Cartwright Jr. passed away in Hawaii, where he lived during the second half of his life.

While people have recently questioned Cartwright’s role as the inventor, he definitely spread modern baseball throughout Hawaii. As his two youngest sons, Bruce and Allie, attended Punahou School (then Oahu College) from 1864 to 1869, the school also popularized modern baseball in Hawaii. In fact, Allie played baseball with his classmate Lorrin A. Thurston–decades before he led the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy.

As a friend to Hawaiian royalty, Cartwright served in political posts. He founded the Honolulu Fire Department and managed it as chief for years. As the Consul of Peru, Cartwright assisted Peruvian merchants in Honolulu. Cartwright also served as executee and trustee of royal wills including Princess Likelike’s (Princess Kaiulani’s mother) and Queen Emma Rooke’s.

Cartwright’s legacy still lives on today. People still play ball on Makiki Field, now known as Cartwright Field. Each year, the Hawaii state high school baseball champions receive the Cartwright Cup. And Cartwright’s descendants still live in Hawaii.

Read about Cartwright’s legacy in “A Great Loss.”

“A Great Loss”
The Daily bulletin, July 13, 1892, Image 4
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82016412/1892-07-13/ed-1/seq-4/