Fire on Nihoa, 1885.

[Found under: “KA HUAKAI MAKAIKAI IA NIHOA.”]

The Alii Liliuokalani enjoyed seeing the sitting young birds of all sorts. The alii climbed the ridges and descended the valleys until reaching an area where Loulu trees leaves grew deep green.  The Alii found comfort under its shade along with some of the people who got there. When the Alii was in repose, our famous photographer J. Williams was lively at work taking photographs [hoolele aka]. The Alii Liliuokalani ate her lunch upon the twisted surface of this Island. After the meal, the Alii made ready to return to the lee of Nihoa, and some others turned back as well. At that time the whistle of the ship was heard calling to everyone to return to the ship. Continue reading

Travels to Nihoa, 1885.

EXCURSION TO NIHOA.

At 5 o’clock in the evening of this past Monday, the steamer Iwalani took the travellers to the farthest away island of Hawaii nei, Nihoa. And amongst the famous passengers who went on this trip was Her Highness, the Alii, Princess Liliuokalani, accompanied by her steward, Charles B. Wilson, and the haole captain’s passengers, Mr. and Mrs. A. Hoffnung, Miss Ella Hoffnung, Rev. J. Hemphill and his wife, Hon. S. B. Dole, W.W. Hall, Rev. S. E. Bishop, J. Jaeger [J. Iager], Henry Jaeger [J. Iaeger], E. S. Cunha and his wife, J. Williams photographer, the travelling companions of the alii, Mrs. Emma Kapena and her daughter, Mrs. Hattie Kamakanoa, Mrs. Kahuila Wilcox, Miss L. Nakanealoha, Hon. J. Kaae and his wife, Hon. J. T. Baker and his wife, Hon. J. Keau and his wife, Major J. Holt, H. W. Auld, W. Holt and his wife, Mrs. Emma Beckley, Mrs. Kahaunaele, Mrs. M. A. Lemon, Jack Ailau and his wife, Sophia Sheldon, Mrs. Anna Costa, Lily Richards, and the other passengers under the alii that number 42 more. Continue reading

Yew Char in the legislature, 1926.

Rise of Yew Char to Position In Legislature Like Alger Story

First American of Full Chinese Ancestry To Have Place In Lower House

Was Once Bootblack and Newsboy On the Streets of Honolulu

From newsboy and bootblack, plying his trades in the streets of Honolulu, to member of the house of representatives of the territorial legislature, summarizes the career of Yew Char, local photographer who is the first American citizen of pure Chinese ancestry to be accorded a seat in the law-making body. Continue reading

Yew Char returns, 1916.

CHINESE OF HONOLULU COMPLETES COURSE IN ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY

YEW CHAR

Studied Profession Two Years In Chicago College—May Enter Business Here

Yew Char, a well known Chinese boy of Honolulu has just finished a two year course of study in a Chicago photographic institution and is returning to the city as an expert camera man and technical man in the great modern art. He is the first Chinese to obtain a complete education in this business. Continue reading

On Char with Kauai photographers, 1934.

Kauai Photographers

Several of the leading Japanese photographers on Kauai are pictured above with On Char, secretary of the territorial board of photography, who visited the Garden Island last week to conduct examinations to applicants for certificates and also to investigate the unlicensed photographers on the  island. Continue reading

City Photo, 10th anniversary, 1922.

Announcing the
Tenth Anniversary
of the
City Photo CO.

PORTRAIT AND COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS

Mr. On Char, in 1912, started the City Photo Co. His first advent into the photographic field was in 1904 when he entered the employ of the Rice & Perkins Studio of this city.

In 1920, Mr. Char went to the mainland to take up a post graduate course at The New York Institute of Photography and upon his return rejoined this concern. Mr. Char is a member of the Photographers’ Association of America. Continue reading