More on bees and the man known to Hawaiians as Okamu haole, 1897.

An Industry That Has Made Rapid Strides.

It would be a difficult thing to fix the date of the beginning of the bee industry in the Hawaiian Islands. As far back as the “oldest inhabitant” can run his thoughts, honey has been gathered in the mountains. Back in the ’60s one of the characters of the city was Dwight Holcomb, known to the small boys and natives as “Old Oakum.” He was an eccentric individual and was the “bogie man” to the young boys of that time. Continue reading

Alice Thompson, soil expert out of Berkeley University, 1906.

Girl from Honolulu Becomes Expert.

Here is a report we received pertaining to the eldest daughter of Professor U. Thompson of Kamehameha Boys’ School:

“BERKELEY, Jan. 12.—The dainty figure of a feminine soil expert, working with the bearded men in the agricultural college on the campus is new in the history of the university; this will be seen when Miss Alice Thompson takes her place as an assistant soil analyst in the office of Dr. Loughridge’s office on January 15.

“Miss Thompson is to be appointed by the Regents to this position, and she will be the first woman soil expert to do serious work in this line of agricultural research. There is no other young woman than Miss Thompson that is seen on campus performing this work; she has the skill that comes of natural aptitude and years of preparation for her peculiar work. For three years she has studied under Professors Jaffa, Colby and Loughridge, and also with Professor Hilgard, the great authority on soils at the school. Continue reading