Hattie Linohaupuaokekoolau Saffery Reinhardt, correspondent for Hamakua and Kohala, 1941.

Bits of News from Hamakua and Kohala

Aloha nui kakou, readers of the Hoku o Hawaii and my fellow news writers from Maui, Kauai, the two Kona [North and South], and the Children of Kamehameha Schools.

I’ve read the news you all have written filling the columns of our Hoku o Hawaii. All that you all have written to fill our newspaper have been fine. That is the way we should do it. Should I be put aside, I will support those who KOKUA. Should you not have material, I will give aid here. If we all are without, our children from the Kamehameha School will give support, along with that good friend, Simeona Nawaa. Do send more news from the capitol. We give appreciation for your choice news.

Your news writer has returned from her wandering in Honolulu. Honolulu is great, along with all the great many things God has created, as well as all that man is carrying out. Where it is hot, that is what I don’t like, the air of Honolulu. We in the countryside are better off. With this cool air which you and I breathe; there is life there within.

With the recent start of Honokaa School this year, there has been seen a severe drop in the number of children. Like this:

1940–41 1941–42
Elem.    480    446
Intermed.    262    281
High School    200    209
 ———  ———
   942    936

These past days, the number of children attending school has rebounded.

Four new teachers came to Honokaa School this year, their names being:

Mrs. Spaulding, librarian for the school; taking the place of Mrs. Grant who left.

Mr. Lim, fitness teacher and baseball.

Mrs. Lim, science and math teacher.

Mr. Moon, Farming and Agriculture and Animal husbandry teacher.

The Hawaiian Women’s meeting was held in the hall of the Union Church several Thursdays ago. The officers were selected; Mrs. Hattie Reinhardt as president. She refused. Reselected was Mrs. Camella Herman as president; Mrs. Reinhardt as vice president; Mrs. Vikie Braun as secretary; Mrs. Vic Burke as treasurer; and Rev. A. Poepoe as adviser.

Four members joined. They being Mrs. Piilani Needham, Mrs. Mary Bell, Mrs. Nellie Kamaka and Mrs. Dorothy Poepoe.

The Haole Women’s Board of Hamakua held their meeting last Thursday in the lobby of the Honokaa Library. Mr. Olsen paid a visit, from the Kilauea Park, and he talked on the subject of the birds of the Volcanic Crater, while showing pictures of the birds.

On the Wednesday of last week, in the evening, the teachers and parents held their meeting and introduced themselves. In the introduction by the President, Mr. Poepoe, pertaining to his thoughts on parents at home, was the idea that they should not be lax in the children’s studies, and that they should let them always go to school. If the child is sick, that is a proper reason for the parents to keep the child at home. After the meeting, the parents were fed a snack.

KAMUELA:—Mr. and Mrs. Richard Smart returned along with their baby boy. The first child is Anthony, the second is Gilliard, named for the grandfather who has gone to the other world. They are living at their home in Puuopelu, at the previous residence of Hanai and Keoni Paka [Hannah and John Parker]. This coming Thursday, the second baby will be baptized at the church where Richard and his first child were baptized. After the baptism of the youngest child, everyone will return to eat at Barabara hall, with Mr. Hartwell Carter and the workers of Parker Ranch and their families.

KAWAIHAE:—The new homes of William Akau and his younger brother, Solomon Akau, have been completed. They are beautiful houses, and it is a sign of progress for Kawaihae. Now who else?

This past sabbath, Mr. William Kalaiwaa and Mrs. Kalaiwaa and David Manuia  went to Kalahikiola in North Kohala. Mr. Kalaiwaa is the head Kahu of the Sunday Schools of two Kohala [North Kohala and South Kohala] and Hamakua.

On that day, they were holding the Sunday School Hoike at Kalahikiola. Pastor Likikini presides as kahu of the Church. Everything that took place was fine. After the hoike was through, Pastor Likikini took Mr. and Mrs. Kalaiwaa and Manuia back to Kawaihae.

Drenching raindrops fell at Kawaihae these past days. The kamaaina of this area were glad to receive rain. They hope the rain will fall again so that the soil remains damp, for they have planted much sweet potato.

We saw in the English newspaper of Honolulu that Judge Thomas Haae grew weary of this life at the Queen’s Hospital in Honolulu last week. We have great aloha and regret for Thomas Haae. We met up with him in Honolulu in June during the [church] Island-wide Convention, and it was not known that he was in weak condition.

We will no longer meet at the Church, Sunday School, and C. E. events.

To the widow, Mrs. Thomas Haae, to you goes our aloha, and let your thoughts be lightened. The path that he has taken is the same path that we shall take on our last days. ALOHA.

[Mrs. Reinhardt was the news correspondent for Hamakua and Kohala to the newspaper Hoku o Hawaii.]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 10/15/1941, p. 1)

Hunahuna Meahou O Hamakua Ame Kohala

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXVI, Number 25, Page 1. Okatoba 15, 1941.

Molokai correspondent, Ruby Apiki Bright, 1939.



We, the managers of the newspaper Hoku o Hawaii, are blessed through receiving some news items from the Homestead lands of Molokai, the land which the Alii Kuhio put much effort into for the Hawaiians. This is received through the correspondence of the mother, Mrs. Ruby Apiki Bright.

Lot 2, Hoolehua

Sept. 5, 1839

To my dear patient Hoku:

Here is some baggage for the deck of our pride, should it be kindly allowed some free space. On this past 26th of August, the Catholics of Kaunakakai held a silver jubilee in commemoration of the building of their church, St. Sophia, and there was a fair, and the activities that day went well. They gave the name of that well-to-do mother of the Island of Hina [Molokai] to their church, that being Mrs. Sophie Judd Cooke—the open-hearted mother who spread forth her helping hands for its furnishing and building in the year 1914.

The Calvinists held a Bazaar for their benefit, selling all sorts of things on this past 2nd of this month. Everything was lovely.


[Ruby Apiki Bright started her regular column reporting on news from Molokai on this day, September, 20, 1939, in Hoku o Hawaii. I hope some day soon, these papers will be rescanned again clearly so they are easily read!]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 9/20/1939, p. 1)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXIV, Number 21, Page 1. Sepatemaba 20, 1939.

Maui news columnist, Kanoekaapunionalani Banham, 1940.

Bits of Maui News

(Written by “Kanoekaapunionalani”)

Mrs. Banham

The Christmas celebration on Maui last year was very nice, even if the rain was falling.

Every household took steps [to celebrate] by decorating the tree in their front yard as a Christmas tree, being that a majority of the christmas trees from America were dried up; but this did not hold up their festivities.

Last week there were a huge number of passengers carried here to Maui by the steamer Hualalani, and there were teachers and students who returned to spend their vacation at home with their families.

Those who came back are Marjory Rickard, Elsie and Grechen Reichardt, Frances Kalua, Pauline and Beatrice Mookini, Harry Dunn, Issac Oha [Oba?], Sonny Cockett, Henrietta Robinson, Caroline Brown and Robineta Tompkin.

Francis McMillen of Wahiawa, a student of the Kamehameha School for Boys, is spending his grandmother, Mrs. C. K. Kunane of Lahaina.

It is sad to hear of the passing from this world of Mr. Kulhman, the first Cane Burner [Puhiko] of the Pioneer Mill Company [Hui Mahiko Paionia]. He became important amongst the kamaaina, and he was one of the most skilled at Burning Cane.

The locals of Lahaina are saddened at his passing, and he has left a hole that cannot be soon filled.

[Lahainaluna School dorm matron Alice Kanoekaapunionalani Kunane Banham had a regular column in the Hilo newspaper, Hoku o Hawaii, where she reported all sorts of Maui news of the day.]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 1/3/1940, p. 1)

Na Hunahuna Mea Hou O Maui

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXIV, Number 36, Page 1. Ianuari 3, 1940.

Vital Statistics and more, 1933.

In the same issue as yesterday’s post on the marriage of Edith Kanaele to Luke Kanakaole, there are six more articles on Marriages, Births, and Deaths along with one about a birthday celebration and one on the health of an individual.  Although the Hoku o Hawaii did not have a specific Vital Statistics column, it did print individual articles dealing with those events. If just this one issue of the newspaper held this much genealogical information, just imagine what a year holds.

See the following posts for the eight other articles from Hoku o Hawaii, 2/14/1933.

Musical Group, The Bohling Sisters, 1940.

The Five Bohling Sisters

Photograph by Oue Studio, Kealakekua

This group of skilled sisters will appear with their musicians and sing and hula at a concert with the Hawaii County Band [Bana Kalana o Hawaii] on Friday, December 20th, and at the Naniloa Hotel, Hilo, on Saturday, December 21, while being broadcast on KHBC.

Beginning from the left are the sisters: Hattie, Carrie Leialoha, Charlotte, Annie Lana and Bella Luana. Carrie Leialoha and Annie Lana are twins and are playing special.

[Anyone have any information on this musical family? Charlotte Bohling wrote a regular column for the Hoku o Hawaii reporting the news from Kona.]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 12/11/1940, p. 1)

Na Hoahanau Elima A Bohling

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXV, Number 33, Page 1. Dekemaba 11, 1940