In less than 10 years Old Oakum is just a character with half a name, 1906.

Old Oakum, a Character in Honolulu Long Ago

“Old Oakum” was one of the odd characters of Honolulu u to about thirty years ago. He was a harmless creature whose one talent was that of collecting honey from bee trees without being stung. Where he came from or was born, or just what his nationality was, were matters not well known, for “Old Oakum” seemed to have forgotten all about himself long before coming to Honolulu which must have been in the early 50s. Continue reading

More on bees and the man known to Hawaiians as Okamu haole, 1897.

An Industry That Has Made Rapid Strides.

It would be a difficult thing to fix the date of the beginning of the bee industry in the Hawaiian Islands. As far back as the “oldest inhabitant” can run his thoughts, honey has been gathered in the mountains. Back in the ’60s one of the characters of the city was Dwight Holcomb, known to the small boys and natives as “Old Oakum.” He was an eccentric individual and was the “bogie man” to the young boys of that time. Continue reading

Death of Dwight Holcomb, 1877.

Death of “Oakum.”—The half crazy vagrant who has for years been well-known in and about Honolulu by the name of Oakum, died at the Insane Asylum on Monday morning last, where he has been for some months, suffering from aneurism. His real name was Dwight Holcomb, he was about 50 years of age, Continue reading

Death of Anna Maria Dimond, 1893.

Death of Kaimana Wahine.

In the evening of this past Monday, at the hour of 7:30, Mrs. Anna Maria Dimond let go of her breath, the aged companion of this life of Mr. Henry Dimond, at the age of 85.

She was born in the city of New York on the 19th of May, 1808. She married Henry Dimond on November 3, 1834, and landed in Honolulu in June [6,] 1835, along with Titus Coan [Koana] and Edwin Oscar Hall [Holo] folks. With the death of E. O. Hall, the Dimonds were the only ones left from those who came on the same journey here. Continue reading

A boy born on La Hoihoi Ea and why newspapers are better than books, 1865.

Misprint.

O Kuokoaa [We are all human.] Newspaper; Aloha oe:—In Issue 33 of the Kuokoa, in the births section, the date and place of birth of our child was misprinted. It was printed this way: “July 1, at North Kohala” that is not correct, this is what is right. July 31, at Niumalu, Kauai, born was Kalahoihoiea Hapuku (m). Continue reading

Did Oliver Knox Poniaulani and Emily Poniaulani get married twice? 1920.

[Found under: “MARRIAGE LICENSES”]

PONIAULANI-PONIAULANI—Oliver Knox Poniaulani, 50; and Mrs. Emily Poniaulani,46; both of Kuau. Ceremony by Rev. Moses Kahiapo

(Maui News, 6/9/1920, p. 1)

Maui News, Twentieth Year, Number 1034, Page 1. June 6, 1920.