When cargo ships from the Matson Shipping Company make a stop here in Hilo, there is always a shipment of some boxes of chickens that are brought ashore. When they are brought to the place where they are cared for in the American Railway Express Office, there is not just one box of chickens or just one chicken, but there are many boxes of chickens with about four chickens per box. These chickens that are being sent are only fighting chickens. They are chickens with fine feathers; most are dark red [ulahiwa].
When the boxes of chickens arrive, it is the Filipinos that arrive there because the chickens are sent to a number of Filipinos.
It is assumed that these chickens are sent to be fought, but maybe some are sent for domestication.
But the other day, some people were arrested in Paukaa for breaking the law about chicken fighting.
Sheriff Henry K. Martin apprehended those people. At another place another group was apprehended.
The two who were committing the chicken fighting, their bail was set at $25.00 and for some others at $10.00 each. The officers also acquired the sum of $122.10 put down as bets.
The County has gotten rich over this activity.
The Filipinos love this kind of activity, and it is perhaps something big where they are from. But here in Hawaii, this type of activity is strictly prohibited, and is only done in secrecy.
(Hoku o Hawaii, 3/15/1939, p. 3)