Greatest Mariners, 1938 / 2015.


Dr. Buck Terms Early Polynesians Greatest Mariners World Has Ever Known

HONOLULU, Nov. 29—Dr. Peter Buck, director of the Bishop Museum, last night termed the early Polynesians the greatest mariners the world has ever known.

Dr. Buck, who will leaves soon for Yale University to lecture on primitive religions, spoke at a dinner in his honor attended by almost 200 persons. He was introduced by Frank Atherton.

He said it was probable that some of the early Polynesians reached the shores of America. He traced the possibility in similarity of certain words, such as that for sweet potato itself was brought into the South Seas from the American continent. Continue reading

Peter Buck to become an American citizen, 1943.

Resolution Approved

Before the session of the legislature of 1943 was postponed, the house of representatives approved a resolution asking Congress [Ahaolelo Lahui] to pass a special law to naturalize Peter Henry Buck, and make him an American citizen.

Dr. Buck is 62 years old now, and he is the director of the Bishop Museum of Honolulu, and he is a kamaaina to all the people he meets.

This resolution clarifies that Dr. Buck is English, however he is half haole and half another ethnicity, but it is appropriate that he be naturalized as an American citizen, but he cannot become a citizen under the current laws.

Dr. Buck is restricted from becoming a citizen because of the Maori blood flowing through him, and the law states that those who are able to become citizens a whites and descendants of African people.

If this resolution reaches or is received by the senate, and should they approve this request of our local legislature, and they pass a special law to allow this man to become an American citizen, then this man will indeed become a citizen and he will be able to vote like we do.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 5/5/1943, p. 1)

Apono I Olelo Hooholo

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXVIII, Number 2, Aoao 1. Mei 5, 1943.