Telephones in Hawaii, 1910.

New Telephones.

It is believed that before the end of August, all of the work of the telephone company will be completed. Currently, there are 1,200 sets mounted in homes and businesses, and it is thought by those in charge, that there are 1,300 more sets to be installed, then all those wanting this new type of telephone will be supplied.

There are lots of this type of devices in the business office of this company, and there is more on the way aboard the steamer Lurline of this coming Wednesday. Supervisor Hummell stated yesterday, everything will be ready in three weeks. So after all of the sets are installed, all the old ones will be taken away. My! So speedy is the work of that Opihi Makaiauli.

[It seems that any box-like device that voice came out of was considered a “pahu olelo,” including, and perhaps more commonly seen when referring to a phonograph.]

(Kuokoa Home Rula, 8/12/1910, p. 3)

Na Telepona Hou.

Kuokoa Home Rula, Buke VIII, Helu 32, Aoao 3. Augate 12, 1910.

The latest from Kalawao, 1909.

News From the Land of the Suffering.

To the Editor of the Aloha Aina Newspaper, Aloha:

Please allow my small parcel a space in your newspaper which is greatly enjoyed, and that is what is down below; let the paper take it proudly around so that our multitudes of friends may see.

Movies come regularly every Wednesday, and are shown on the evenings of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; and every Saturday in Honolulu. There has been a building erected for the patients to watch the movies. The patients are thrilled. They donated money to buy a first-class phonograph [pahu olelo]. They are very happy with singing, the sweet sound of the strings and the blare of the brass instruments.

There was an announcement made to the ones without the sickness or those partially afflicted that wanted to be examined by the Doctors who are coming into the settlement.

Some went to sign up, and some just looked on because they did not want to go back to where they came from, being there might be difficulties waiting ahead for them. And because of the small number of those going to sign up, the Superintendent of the settlement ordered someone to go to the houses to sign people up; the total of those people number 58, but I don’t have their names; the only names I have are those who went to sign up, and they number 55, along with their doctor.


[Names difficult to make out.]


The Men

[Names difficult to make out.]

The Women

[Names difficult to make out.]

The total number told to the writer is 108. This includes the people chosen by the Legislature [?]

With much aloha for my Lahui.



Kalawao, Molokai, Aug. 2, 1909

[Here is just another example of why the original newspapers need to be reshot clearly before the acid in the paper consumes all of the words, leaving us with crumbs…]

(Aloha Aina, 9/4/1909, p. 3)

Na Mea Hou o ke Kahua Ma'i.

Ke Aloha Aina, Buke XIV, Helu 36, Aoao 3. Sepatemaba 4, 1909.