Alsoberry Kaumu Hanchett from “The Story of Hawaii and Its Builders,” 1925.


City and County Physician

Member of a kamaaina family, Dr. A. K. Hanchett has been city and county physician of Honolulu since 1918. In practice he specializes in surgery.

Born in Lihue, Kauai, Nov. 16, 1885, Dr. Hanchett is the son of S. P. and Julia (Palaile) Hanchett. His grandfather, Salem Hanchett, located on the Island of Kauai in the early 40′s, coming to Hawaii from Massachusetts as captain of a whaling vessel.

Dr. Hanchett received his early education in Honolulu at the Kamehameha Schools. He received and A. B. degree at Harvard University in 1911, and, continuing his studies in the medical college of the same institution, took his M. D. degree in 1914. Dr. Hanchett entered private practise at Providence, R. I., remaining there for two years and returned to Hawaii in 1916. During the World War he was a major in the Medical Corps, stationed at Schofield Barracks and Fort Shafter.

Dr. Hanchett and Mary McGuire were married in Honolulu in 1917. They have four sons, Edwin Lani, William Kaumu, John Ikua and Richard Palea Hanchett. He is a member of the Medical Association of Hawaii, University and Civic Clubs of Honolulu.

[This comes from another awesome resource: The Story of Hawaii and Its Builders, with which is incorporated volume III Men of Hawaii; an historical outline of Hawaii with biographical sketches of its men of note and substantial achievement, past and present, who have contributed to the progress of the Territory, edited by George F. Nellist. Honolulu: Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Ltd., 1925. It is available in text form (minus the many picture portraits) here at the Hawaii USGenWeb Archives.]

(Story of Hawaii and Its Builders, 1925.)

Alsoberry Kaumu Hanchett

The Story of Hawaii and Its Builders, p. 487

Alsoberry Kaumu Hanchett, Kauai boy, becomes a doctor, 1914.


A. H. Hanchett who is a Lihue boy, born in a house on the site of the present bowling alley, will graduate from the medical department of Harvard at the end of this month and will, on July 1, enter upon his duties as interne of a great hospital at Providence, R. I. He stood an examination, with 56 others, for that place and came out first best.

Young Hanchett’s father still lives on Kauai, at Waimea; and he is a half brother of W. O. Crowell, of Waimea. Prior to leaving the Islands, he graduated from both Kamehameha school and Oahu College. He next took a four-years course in Harvard, graduating A. B.; after which he took up the medical course, which he is now about to complete.

It is Dr. Hanchett’s hope and present intention to return to the Islands as soon as his two-year term with the Providence hospital is completed.

(Garden Island, 6/9/1914, p. 2)


The Garden Island, Volume 10, Number 22, Page 2. June 9, 1914.

A. Kaumu Hanchett studying at Harvard, 1914.


At the Medical School of Harvard University, a Hawaiian named A. Kaumu Hanchett is learning Medicine; in an examination of the medical students in Boston, in order to enter one of the Hospitals of the City, and from amongst a 100 students, the Hawaiian boy ranked 3rd, and because this Hawaiian Boy wanted to once again test his competence, his Medical abilities were tested once again at a big Hospital in Providence in the State of Rhode Island, and what was revealed in that examination was that amongst 50  students who took the test, to the Hawaii boy went “Number One.” He is a brother [hoahanau] of the Deputy Sheriff [Crowell] of the District of Waimea on Kauai, and he was a Classmate of the children of S. L. Desha at Kamehameha School and Punahou School, and he entered Harvard University with a son of Desha’s. This Hawaiian boy will graduate in this coming June, and will intern for two years at one of the Famous Hospitals of America to advance his abilities in the medical field, and at the completion of his stay at the  Hospital, then he will select where he will practice his calling.

We hope that he will come back to Hawaii nei to practice this greatest of occupations in which he trained, and be the first Hawaiian to practice medicine in here in Hawaii.

[On page 295 of the Harvard Alumni Directory for 1910, you will find Alsoberry Kaumu Hanchett [c 1907–10, A.B. 1911(10).] Waimea, Kauai, Hawaii.]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 5/21/1914, p. 2)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke 8, Helu 50, Aoao 2. Mei 21, 1914.

Bonin Islands and Hawaiians abroad, 1830 / 2014.


Historical Work Soon to Be Published Will Contain Letters From Honolulans

New and interesting facts concerning the conditions and history of the Hawaiian Islands during the first few decades of last century are promised in a history of the Bonin Islands which will be published in October by Constable London.

One feature is the tale of how the British consul in Honolulu in 1830 sent out a band of colonists to settle the Bonin Islands an attempt at colonizing the tiny archipelago for the British Empire which was destined to failure, for the islands now belong to Japan.

The book is by Rev. L. B. Cholmondeley, honorary chaplain of the British embassy at Tokio, who was for many years in charge of the mission at the Bonin group, and has since made frequent visits there. Continue reading

Democratic candidates, 1910.

W. S. EDINGS, For Senator

M. E. SILVA, For Supervisor

E. K. RATHBURN, 4th District

SOLOMON MEHEULA, For Representative, 4th District

W. P. JARRETT, For Sheriff

CHARLES H. ROSE, For Deputy Sheriff of Honolulu

H. H. PLEMER, For Supervisor

WADE WARREN THAYER, For City and County Attorney

F. COSTA BENEVEDES, For Representative, 4th District

J. S. KALAKIELA, For Senator

W. M. McCLELLAN, For Supervisor

E. H. F. WOLTERS, For Representative, 4th District

J. C. ANDERSON, For Auditor


FRED TURRILL, For Representative, 4th District

M. C. PACHECO, For Supervisor

[This is an interesting group of Democratic candidates for the race in 1910.]

(Democrat, 11/5/1910, p. 4)


The Democrat, Volume I, Number 11, Page 4. November 5, 1910.

Hawaiians slighted? 1914.


Honolulu, Apr. 17—We hear from the word that is buzzing on the streets that Palmer Woods [Pama Woods] has been selected as Land Commissioner [Lunaaina] for the Territory of Hawaii in place of Joshua D. Tucker [Iosua D. Tucker], and Sheriff Jarrett [Makai nui Jarrett] in place of High Sheriff Henry [Makai Kiekie Hanale]. The reason for this decision by the Governor to select Palmer Woods for this position was because of the objection by the United States Attorney from Tennessee to select a Hawaiian in a position under the Federal Government, although the Governor wanted to appoint Palmer Woods as Marshall [Ilamuku] in place of Hendry. The people of the state of Tennessee are infamous for their contempt of people of dark skin, and perhaps that is one reason that place does not desire Native Hawaiians. Through this we should recognize the nature of the Democrats in America, as this sort of action creeps all the way here to Hawaii nei.

[For some reason, the first 11 and a half years of Hoku o Hawaii (including the issue in which you can find this article) is not available yet online!]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 4/23/1914, p. 3)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke 8, Helu 46, Aoao 3. Aperila 23, 1914.

The moon was painted red by God, 1870.

From Kauai.

Pertaining to the lunar eclipse. On the 17th of January, at 2:25 and 35 seconds in the morning, one body affected another body in the heavens, and its color turned strange, and we adults and children here in Lihue witnessed it; and here is my bit of humor, someone said: “The moon has been eaten by God.” And another said, “The moon was painted red with red paint by God.” And there was a lot of new things spoken of on that  night, but I cannot carry on about that.

[This article and another was written under the heading "From Kauai," by S. K. Kahookalaopio of Lihue, Kauai, on January 19, 1870.]

(Kuokoa, 1/29/1870, p. 4)

Mai Kauai mai.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke IX, Helu 5, Aoao 4. Ianuari 29, 1870.