Tourists… 1906.

[Found under: “TOWN TALK”]

One of my Southern California friends here with the party of editors had a very amusing experience with a native waiter in a restaurant into which she had dropped for lunch. She saw the brown son of the islands coming and she nerved herself for the ordeal. She consulted her souvenir program and running over the list of translated words she finally found and said “Pa-Hay-Oe.”

“Maikai no” replied the man with a smile.

The young lady then attempted to find the native words for “Ham and Eggs” or something to that effect—but alas they were not there. She hesitates, looked frantically around in search of some haole, and finally she though of sign language and commenced to make all sorts of passes in the air. The native stood near her her and kept shaking his head, all the time with a questioning look in his eye.

Finally the young lady said in despair, “Oh, you block head, why don’t you talk English?”

“I was about to say madam,” came the reply, “that if you would say in English what you are endeavoring to convey by means of the sign language, I would be most delighted to fill even your humblest desire.”

Then the young lady was angry. She stamped out of the restaurant and all one needs to do to court sudden death is to make a few passes like “Ham and Eggs” in the air in her presence.

(Hawaiian Star, 9/22/1906, p. 7)

One of my Southern California friends...

The Hawaiian Star, Volume XIV, Number 4524, Page 7. September 22, 1906.

Man sent away from Queen’s Hospital, 1913.


In the afternoon of this past Saturday, a Hawaiian named Kalanaola was brought back at three o’clock, to the Queen’s Hospital to be treated, with a document written by Dr. Wayson at the request of Dr. Li. When that man arrived at the hospital, his wound was cleaned and treated, but the doctors in the hospital refused to admit him there because they were told Kalanaola had diabetes [ma’i akepau]; the astonishing thing was that there was no indication in his death report that he died of diabetes, but in the report it said his death was caused by a sickness of the blood.

After treating his injury, he was placed back on the ambulance and taken back to his home, and on the following Sunday at 6 o’clock, his breath of life left him.

(Kuokoa, 1/31/1913, p. 4)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLIX, Helu 5, Aoao 4. Ianuari 31, 1913.