Niihau people see plane for the first time, 1924


For the first time, the people of Niihau see first hand the arrival of an airplane upon that island, on Thursday last week, as per the news received in Honolulu from Lihue.

For some time the steamship Kukui headed for Kauai, along with one of the planes in order to take photographs of Kauai, Niihau, and Kaula, and on last Thursday, this took place with great success.

After leaving Kauai, the plane first flew to Niihau, taking pictures of that island from above in the sky, and descended to the land.

This landing by the plane was something very new for the people of Niihau, with some of them actually coming to see the plane, but they did not get near, but the stood afar, about a quarter mile away.

From Niihau the plane took off for the sky headed for Kaula and took photos of that island, and then turned back toward Niihau while taking more pictures, and then returned to Hanamaulu, and on the following Friday, the plane was disassembled and put aboard the steamship Kukui, and in the evening the Kukui turned back for Honolulu.

(Kuokoa, 7/17/1924, p. 2)

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXIII, Helu 29, Aoao 2. Iulai 17, 1924.

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