54 years after their arrival, the old gannenmono are taken for a joyride, 1922.

The Newest and the Oldest

The three old gannenmono go on a joyride in a Cadillac in 1922.

There was coverage in this column last week about Dr. Eijiro Nishijima purchasing the newest 1922 model four-passenger Cadillac (Phaeton) from the American Hawaiian Motors Company, but there is a story about the group of Hawaii’s oldest [Japanese] men sightseeing within the city in this newest car. That is, last Wednesday, the three old men, [Sentaro] Ishii, [Yonekichi] Sakuma, and [Katsusaburo] Yoshida were invited to the Youth Association’s Thursday  luncheon, and on their way home, in front of the Nishijima Clinic on Kukui Street, through the introduction of an accompanying reporter of this paper, Mrs. Nishijima thought it would be nice to give the old men a ride, and with their pleasure, Shuichi Hirano of the aforementioned car company who was present personally took the wheel, and drove the three old men straight down Beritania Avenue. The car was great, the road was great, and Manoa Valley, beautiful.

It has been 50 years since the three old men had seen the scenery and the many elegant homes of Manoa and they kept repeating, “Manoa has become a fine place,” and after taking the commemorative picture printed here and after seeing the sights all around, they left on their road back home. The men were thankful for the kindness of the Nishijima family and Mr. Hirano…

[Did you check out the new exhibit at the Bishop Museum yet? Also it appears that there is a booklet that was put out by the museum as well.]

(Nippu  Jiji, 4/5/1922, p. 4)


Nippu  Jiji, Number 7308, Page 4. April 5, 1922.


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