Bird poop was a big business back in the day, 1859.

Pertaining to the Guano Islands.

O Hae Hawaii:

Aloha oe:—On the 28th of Mei, 1859, we sailed from Honolulu, six days we spent at sea, and on the seventh day, that being the 4th of June, we saw Paukeaho [Jarvis Island], which looks like a very low-lying land; living there is Kale, Livai, and 50 men, who are guano workers. There was one trade ship docked, and three buoys to secure boats to, and a fine pier to transfer the guano; Kale’s men make fast work. He has 80 men. The eighty men can produce 2,640 bags per day. There is much food and water brought from Honolulu aboard the “Josephine,” a speedy ship which makes 300 miles per day if the wind is good; if the wind is bad, 280 miles per day. Continue reading

Carl Kahalewai returned from Jarvis Island, 1938.

That youth was overcome by weakness.

The Ship Roger B. Taney Goes to Fetch Him.


There was news over the Radio in Honolulu from a small island to the south, that being from the island of Jarvis, speaking of the suffering of a Hawaiian boy, Carl Kahalewai, of a severe illness.

When the news reached Honolulu, to Mr. Black, the person looking after the rights of America in Hawaii, the news was told to a ship guarding the harbor and it prepared immediately for a speedy trip to this little island to take Doctors and medicine to save that Hawaiian boy. Uncle Samuel wasted no time and went directly to work and that ship left last week and went full speed to reach the island to save this boy. Continue reading