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.