54 years after their arrival, the old gannenmono are taken for a joyride, 1922.

The Newest and the Oldest

The three old gannenmono go on a joyride in a Cadillac in 1922.

There was coverage in this column last week about Dr. Eijiro Nishijima purchasing the newest 1922 model four-passenger Cadillac (Phaeton) from the American Hawaiian Motors Company, but there is a story about the group of Hawaii’s oldest [Japanese] men sightseeing within the city in this newest car. That is, last Wednesday, the three old men, [Sentaro] Ishii, [Yonekichi] Sakuma, and [Katsusaburo] Yoshida were invited to the Youth Association’s Thursday  luncheon, and on their way home, in front of the Nishijima Clinic on Kukui Street, through the introduction of an accompanying reporter of this paper, Mrs. Nishijima thought it would be nice to give the old men a ride, and with their pleasure, Shuichi Hirano of the aforementioned car company who was present personally took the wheel, and drove the three old men straight down Beritania Avenue. The car was great, the road was great, and Manoa Valley, beautiful. Continue reading

Did Waterhouse make a profit? 1916.


That section of land at the corner of Fort [Papu] and Hotel [Hokele] Streets, on the Ewa side of Fort and makai of Hotel, 57 feet on Fort Street and 37 feet on Hotel Street, was purchased by the Waterhouse Company from Mrs. Mary H. Damon for $80,000.

This is the area proposed by the Board of Supervisors [Papa Lunakiai] for road widening some time ago, and it seems that this place will be taken by eminent domain [hoopii hoohewahewa] so that the county can widen this area of the street. This area of Hotel Street is narrow indeed, and if it is widened, the width will be good, where we will be able to say the street is uniformly wide, and not narrow like it is now. If the electric car on Hotel Street continues on here, other cars would not be able to come or go because of how truly narrow it is; but if it is widened, other cars can travel without any confusion, for the street will be wide enough.

(Aloha Aina, 3/4/1916, p. 1)


Ke Aloha Aina, Buke XXI, Helu 22, Aoao 1. Maraki 4, 1916.