Posted: June 6, 2017 Filed under: Articles, Teasers, Topic Guides | Tags: automobile, car, digitization, Hawaii, history, newspaper
Horses, carriages, and bicycles ruled the dirt roads in Honolulu before 1899. On October 8, 1899, people watched Henry P. Baldwin and Edward D. Tenney drive Hawaii’s first “horseless car” around town. In 1906, Hawaii issued its first driver’s license.
Afterwards, automobile sections appeared in Hawaii newspapers. They included automobile news, such as automobile sales, automobile races, lists of motor vehicle registrations and new automobile models, and automobile ads. Read more.
Posted: May 10, 2017 Filed under: Day in History, Teasers, Topic Guides
Today in history — May 10, 1873 — Father Damien and his bishop arrived at Kalaupapa, where leprosy victims lived in exile.
Dedicating his life to serving those victims, Father Damien encouraged civility through establishing laws, constructed buildings, coffins, and a water system, planted trees, encouraged the government to provide more resources, and boosted morale. The Belgian missionary priest’s selflessness made him famous internationally.
Read more about it in Hawaii in “Leprosy.”
Posted: April 27, 2017 Filed under: Day in History, Deaths, Teasers, Topic Guides
Today in history — April 27, 1844 — Hawaiian volcano artist Jules Tavernier
was born in Paris, France. Although he lived only his final five years in Hawaii, Tavernier painted as the most significant artist in Hawaii’s Volcano School (non-native Hawaiian artists who painted night scenes of Hawaii’s erupting volcanoes).
Beyond the jagged cliffs of Kilauea Volcano, the Halemaumau lava lake’s orange red glow illuminates the night (left image). Above, smoke shrouds the lake, and a full moon peeks behind grayish black clouds.
To paint this picture, in 1887, Jules Tavernier (1844-1889) made a grueling one-to-two day journey on horseback up to Kilauea’s peak.
Although the English French artist spent less than five years in Hawaii, Tavernier is considered the most significant artist in Hawaii’s Volcano School … Read more
Jules Tavernier: The Volcano Artist
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: January 22, 2017 Filed under: Day in History, Deaths, Firsts, Mainland US Newspapers, Sports, Teasers, Topic Guides
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.”
Posted: January 20, 2017 Filed under: Day in History, Topic Guides
Today in history — Jan. 20, 1900 — Board of Health started a “plague cleansing” fire in Chinatown that burned for 17 days.
The paper reported: “Chinatown that was is a scene of desolation today. Every frame building, the Independent office excepted, has been burned to the ground.”
Another article began: “Dr. C. B. Wood, president of the Board of Health … answered: ‘I consider the situation as more encouraging than at any time since the first case of plague was discovered. We have things just as we had wanted all along. […]There is no more Chinatown. its Infected buildings and merchandise are burned’.”
Read about it in our topic guide.
The Chinatown Fires