Return of David and Harriet Burrows, 1940.

AFTER AN ABSENCE of 12 years Mr. and Mrs. D. Burrows returned home on the last Matsonia. 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.



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.


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