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

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

The Floating Island of Happiness

Tired of dealing with life? Interested in living on the floating island of happiness, or the “Island of Peace?”

Kahuna Kaauamoku told Hawaiians in Hana, Maui, to prepare for the floating island. So the twenty-six Hawaiians decorated her house with ti leaves and pua hala, prayed, danced, and chanted. Around the kahuna’s house, they built a spirit fence and placed their belongings, including animals, tools, kitchen stoves, and food.

Would the floating island come and bring salvation to the believers? Or was Kahuna Kaauamo just a “wise guy who can pull the wool over other folks’ eyes?” Read more about it in “Floating Islanders of Hana Postpone Happy Land.”