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: March 17, 2017 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Holidays, Teasers
Today in history — St. Patrick’s Day 1914 — You didn’t need to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day; you just needed to enjoy toasting to Saint Patrick.
On this day, Honolulu’s elites held and attended parties, which included green decorations, alcohol for toasting, food, and music. In these parties, people could be seen giving toast to Saint Patrick, and people singing Irish-themed songs (e.g. “My Dear Old Irish Mother”) and an orchestra playing could be heard. In fact, even the governor of Hawaii, Lucius Pinkham, attended a party and gave a brief toast. Read more about it in “Good Irish and True Meet at St. Patrick’s Eve Banquet.”
“Good Irish and True Meet at St. Patrick’s Eve Banquet”
Honolulu star-bulletin, March 17, 1914, Page 7
Posted: March 14, 2017 Filed under: Events
Hawaii journalists Bob Jones and Denby Fawcett covered Vietnam War for The Honolulu Advertiser, and now you can see what they saw:
“Vietnam: The War and the People,” photography exhibition
Lama Library, Kapiolani Community College
Library Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday to 4 p.m.
Posted: March 6, 2017 Filed under: Articles, Deaths, Teasers
Today in history — March 6, 1899 — Princess Victoria Kaiulani left the world at 23 years old. Surrounded by her loved ones, the apparent heir to the throne of the Hawaiian Kingdom died of rheumatism. The Hawaiian Gazette described Kaiulani’s popularity:
Kaiulani was the idol of the natives. The mourning will be deep and general. With the foreign population the young lady was a great favorite. She was a leader in social affairs and charitable enterprises.
Read more about her death and life in the article “Death Calls the Princess.”
“Death Calls the Princess”
Hawaiian gazette, March 7, 1899, Image 1
Posted: March 1, 2017 Filed under: Day in History, Iolani Palace, Kalakaua, Kingdom of Hawaii
This month in history — March 1916 — King Kalakaua’s silver knife and spoon and other “Hawaiian trinkets” were seen at a Los Angeles grocery window. The flatware was reportedly engraved with the monarch’s coat of arms.
Twenty-three years before after the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy in 1893, royal heirlooms were sold off. Their whereabouts were unknown, and they included furniture, jewelry, fine China, sterling flatware, and paintings.
Read more about it in “Trinkets from Hawaii in Los Angeles Store Delight Street Goers.”
“Trinkets from Hawaii in Los Angeles Store Delight Street Goers”
Honolulu star-bulletin, March 22, 1916, Page 4
Posted: February 19, 2017 Filed under: Articles, Day in History, Japanese, Mainland US Newspapers, Teasers, U.S. History, WWI
Today in history — February 19, 1942 — U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which imprisoned 75,000 Japanese Americans and 45,000 Japanese nationals in “internment camps” across the country.
A local man from Hawaii in Northern California, Masuto Hata was imprisoned even though he fought for America in WWI. Also, even though his son Makoto stayed in a concentration camp, he enlisted in the military and got seriously wounded in a battle in Italy.
Read more about it in “Local Japanese Soldier Is Killed” (bottom text and right image).
Local Japanese Soldier Is Killed
Local relatives have been notified one Fresno soldier of Japanese ancestry has been killed in action and another seriously wounded.
Private Haruo Kawamoto lost his life on the Italian front and Private Makoto M. Hata is in serious condition with a shell fragment wound in the abdomen. Hata is in a hospital in Italy.
Kawamoto, 20, was a graduate of the Central Union High School. He was an honor student and one of the speakers at the graduation exercises in the Fresno Japanese Assembly Center in 1942. He entered the service in July, 1944, received his basic training at Camp Blanding, Fla., and was sent overseas in January. He served in France and Italy with an infantry division. Two of his brothers are in the service: Corporal Yurio Kawamoto of Fort Sam Houston, Tex., who volunteered in March 1941, and Private First Class Mitsu Kawamoto who is serving in Italy. Another brother, Toshio Kawamoto, is living near Fresno, and his father and two sisters are in the relocation center at Amachi, Colo.
Hata, 23, has seen service in Italy and France with the infantry. He is a son of Masuto Hata of Ashlan Avenue.”
Makoto Hata – Fresno Bee, Republican, Fresno CA, 05/09/1945 p. 14