At the end of every month in 1921, The Garden Island ran the “Children’s Page.” The one-page section contained short stories, essays submitted by local children, rhyming poetry, activity ideas, news about local children, random facts, jokes, puzzles, and riddles.
In the second issue, editor Ada Paul introduced the children’s page and invited kids to submit their works:
“Dear Boys and Girls:
“How do you like the idea of a page all to yourselves every month? don’t think it sounds good? And it easily can be made good if you will help me, for after all a Children’s Page would not be the right title for it if I did all the writing, so I am going to ask you to take your share, and let me know of anything you see or hear which will be of interest to other children …Of course we want to hear about what the Island children are doing as well, so send in your reports of games, etc, and let us see if, between what I contribute, and what you do, we cannot have the grown ups looking forward to the last issue of the Garden Island each month as wee as the children.”
The children named in the pages were from Kauai public schools and had names from various ethnicities (e.g. Japanese and European ethnicities). Many of the children were probably those of sugar plantation workers.
The layout of these pages probably wasn’t the most appealing to children with the sea of endless text for four to six columns, lack of images, and ads for adult products. However, children got to read their submitted essays in print.
– Alice Kim
The Children’s Page in The Garden Island in 1921