Hilo train, 1879.

Riding Steam Engine Train in Hilo.

Star Mill, Waiakea, Hilo, H.,
July 11, 1879, 1½ P. M.

Hon. Joseph U. Kawainui,

Aloha oe,—

Here I am now aboard the standing Locomotive, and I am writing what I see. Everything is going according to plans. The Locomotive is running with a single freight car attached, to test it out, for 840 feet in distance, and the tracks are still being laid.

Should you want to ride first on the train, come quickly. With delight,

Joseph Nawahi.

P. S. The steampower is 100 lbs, and its speed is between 18 and 20 miles per hour. J. N. Continue reading

Portuguese laborers, 1911.

MORE LABORERS TO BE OBTAINED.

On this Saturday, A. J. Campbell will leave Honolulu once again to go to get more laborers for the sugarcane plantations; it is believed that this mission to obtain laborers will be easier than the earlier ones.

Portuguese laborers are wanted most to come to Hawaii nei because of the belief that they are the best laborers, and being that there are many Portuguese now working in the sugar plantations, and that they wrote letters to their families behind, it has made them excited to come to Hawaii nei, and thus it is believed that his journey to fetch laborers will go smoothly.

When the board of immigration [oihana hoopae limahana] was asked if they were thinking about Chinese laborers, they denied this because the authorities in Washington are strongly against the importation of those people into the land; they are only in favor of European stock.

The entire expenses of Mr. Campbell’s travels will be paid by the board of labor [papa limahana], along with his salary of ten-thousand dollars a year.

[Here is a related publication available online:

FIRST REPORT OF THE BOARD OF IMMIGRATION TO THE GOVERNOR OF THE TERRITORY OF HAWAII.” Honolulu : Bulletin Pub. Co., Ltd., 1907-1911.]

(Kuokoa, 7/14/1911, p. 7)

E KII HOU ANA I MAU LIMAHANA.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLVII, Helu 28, Aoao 7. Iulai 14, 1911.

D. S. K. Pahu writes from the Philippines, 1912.

OUR LETTER FROM THE PHILIPPINES.

THAT BOY TELLS HIS FATHER OF THE GREAT AMOUNT OF GOVERNMENT LAND.

Baguio, Benguet, Philippines.

O My Beloved Father:

Here we are, the two of us, now living in the mountains. We got back on the 17th. Live here is good; the air is brisk, and the only trees that grow in abundance on this mountain are pine. I am thinking that we will be here until the last week of June.

It is not certain whether I will stay here for a full three years. This is a fertile land if you have a lot of money. I met up with a haole man who is the secretary of a Filipino organization here, and he wants me to write about sugar in Hawaii and to publish it in the local papers. He tells me that there are vast and much government lands that are left unfarmed because of lack of funding. If I want land, he can definitely help me to ask for government land. Looking at the worth of sugar in Hawaii, I believe that money can be made through this endeavor. there are a lot of sugar lands here, however, the sugar mills are decrepit and sugar has been pushed to the side; the people here do not understand the sugar industry as they do in Hawaii. That is what makes me want to write about sugar. Here’s something else: Hawaii’s people have their eyes set on here, and a couple of weeks ago, a haole man came from Hawaii to look at the land here with the intent of building a modern sugar mill like in Hawaii. If everything goes well, I am determined to leave this job and to start a large sugar plantation here, and I’ll return to Hawaii to work out the selling of shares [kea] and the purchase of a mill and so forth; I have written to some people in Honolulu about this venture, and if things go well, I will come home to Hawaii in two years, but if they do not go well, I suppose I will wait it out.

I saw the Exposition here [Philippine Exposition held in Manila, February 3–11, 1912], and there are many goods from here. Sugar, coconuts, manila rope, rice, gold, silver, charcoal, and so forth were the things on display. The wood of this land is beautiful, used to make chairs and tables. One of the tables was 10 feet long across the middle, and 40 feet long across the edges, made out of one tree without the addition of other boards. The performances by school children was full of beauty; the lace, household furnishings, hats, clothing, and so forth were lovely and fine. Better than Hawaii.

With aloha from the daughter and from me as well.

Me.

D. S. K. PAHU.

(Aloha Aina, 7/27/1912, p. 1)

KA MAKOU LETA MAI MANILA MAI.

Ke Aloha Aina, Buke XVII, Helu 30, Aoao 1. Iulai 27, 1912.