Jonah Kumalae begins selling poi, 1920.

Ready to Produce Poi

I recently built a Poi Factory for Myself, and am ready and am steaming taro. My poi is six pounds for a quarter. Those people who want to pick up poi however should bring a bag to put the poi in.

My taro comes from Pauoa, a land of delicious poi. All those who want poi are invited to leave their poi orders on the day prior to when they want it so that I know how much taro I need to cook so that there is enough for the desired poi.

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I have come across this obituary a number of times, and each time, I think, “What a name!” 1921.

KING KEONAONA IAPANA OKURA HAS PASSED ON

To the Editor of the Kuokoa Newspaper, Aloha oe:—Please insert  in your pride of the nation, our bundle of tears of sadness, about our beloved who departed this life, so that the family and many friends living from Hawaii, the Island of Keawe all the way to Kauai of Manokalanipo will know. Continue reading

Arrival of the first Japanese contract laborers, 1868.

JAPANESE LABORERS.

On the 19th of June, the ship name the Scioto [Kioko] landed, 33 days from Japan, with 147 contracted laborers to work for three years. There are six of these people who came with their wives. There was one baby born on the ship during the voyage on the ocean. Continue reading