Maile’s Meanderings

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Welcome to Maile’s Meanderings.  This page’s stories were written by one of our historians, Maile Melrose, who is an invaluable source of information here at Kona Historical Society.  Just click on the title to enjoy. Thank you for sharing Kona’s stories, Maile!
Check back here every month or “LIKE” our Facebook page for notification of a new installment.

 

 

Branding Day at New Field on W.H. Greenwell Ranch

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From right to left:  Norman Greenwell, manager of W.H. Greenwell Ranch (on Big Jack); Bobby Gouveia, ranch hand (on Ranger); Frank Silva, ranch foreman (on Lorna); Frank “Chico” Silva, Jr., Frank’s son and cowboy (on Girly) ; Joe Cho, Jr., cowboy (on Phoebe); Clem Jumalon, ranch hand (on Rebel); Tommy Greenwell, Norman’s youngest son and extra hand (on Maile) and Arnold Kanai (riding Gypsy), greenhorn and son of ranch bookkeeper, Minnie Kanai.  Three blue heelers are pictured: Princess is the black-eared pup on the right, Toby stands in the middle, and King, Norman Greenwell’s pride and joy, lurks half-hidden behind Chico’s horse.

 

 

The Sweet Life~Donkey Delivery

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Hayata Hirokawa, our expert rider, is seated at far right; saloon owner Matsutaro Suenaga, seated second from left. Photos donated by Paul Hirokawa

 

 

 

Chirio Miyose: Mountain of Sincerity, Eternally Clear ~ by Maile Melrose

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Chirio’s Infectious Smile, Photo by Megan Mitchell, 1978

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The First Kona Coffee Festival Parade: Kona Nightingale Gals ~ 1953

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Kona Nightingale Gals ~ 1953, Nobriga Collection, KHS Archives

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Margaret Paris with Lauhala Basket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back to School Time in Kona!

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Konawaena School - Children with Teachers on Play Field c. 1930, Photo donated by: Paul F. Hirokawa, Konawaena High School graduate, Class of 1944

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hikiau Heiau ~ Written in Stone

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Left: Kiawe Tree at the parking lot at Napoopoo Beach (Photo by Norman Carlson, circa 1960).  Right: Dedication of William Whatman’s Monument~ 1928.  Pictured are the Rev. D.D. Wallace of Christ Church and Episcopalian Bishop Henry Bond Restarick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy 106th Birthday, Mrs. Teshima!

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Boy’s Day - May 5,1917

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View from Ahua Nani, South Kona, circa 1948

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Fact or Fiction ~ Is it the 200th Anniversary of Kamehameha III’s Birth at Keauhou or Not?!!

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Dr. Jaggar and the Sand Crab

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Above (from left to right): Dr. Jaggar, Mrs. Woods, and Captain Woods.  Below:  Dr. Jaggar and his amphibious vehicle, the `Ohiki, at Keauhou.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up in Smoke: The Rise and Fall of Kona’s Tobacco Industry

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Lanakila Church, Est. 1867

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Konawaena High School Road

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The Dedication of Mokuaikaua Church’s Memorial Plaque and Arch

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Ka`awaloa, South Kona, Hawaii

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Transit of Venus, Kailua Bay Tragedy and Other Meanderings

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Lumber shipping at Kamakahonu, Kailua

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Pulehua

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