Posted: January 31, 2018 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Firsts, Teasers, Technology | Tags: Honolulu, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, taxi, Taxicab
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
Posted: December 31, 2017 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Firsts, Teasers, Technology, Topic Guides
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
Posted: November 28, 2017 Filed under: Articles, Birthdays, Chinese, Day in History, Firsts, Teasers | Tags: Chinese
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
Posted: September 6, 2017 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Firsts, Teasers
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
Posted: March 29, 2017 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Firsts, Teasers, Technology, Topic Guides | Tags: Balloon Ride, Chronicling America, emil melville, Hawaii, Hot air balloon, ndnp
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.”
Posted: March 21, 2017 Filed under: Day in History, Firsts, Teasers, Technology, Topic Guides
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.”
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