The Garden Island Then

SUBHEAD: The Garden Island newspaper was publishing over a century ago. Reading it captures a scene of the times.

By Juan Wilson on 3 November 2013 for Island Breath -

Image above: Masthead of the Garden Island newspaper in 1921. From PDF file.

The Garden Island was once a weekly newspaper published on Tuesdays. It was established in 1904. I stumbled upon a PDF file (4.2 megs) of the Vol 17. No. 51 edition. It was an eight page paper that cost a nickle. A year's subscription was $2.50. The following are three articles from the day.  If you want to explore 600 copies of the Garden Island check out the University of Hawaii ( There it has digital copies of the paper from May 2nd 1911 to December 26th 1922.

Below are four short stories from the December 20th, 1921 Garden Island News:
Miss Inez Sandusky, a teacher in the Eleele School was painfully injured when the car in which she was riding skidded and went over the bank last Tuesday afternoon.

The accident occurred at the foot of the Wailawa hill. Miss Sandusky, in the company of Miss Leveridgo and, Miss Kelly, also teachers in the Eleele School, were returning from a ride to Kalaheo, being driven by Mrs. Watase. The road was very slippery, due to a rain that was falling at the time.

As the car neared the turn at the foot of the hill it started to skid and got out of control. It finally slid off the road and turned over, landing in the bottom of the gulch.

All the other passengers were thrown clear except Miss Sandusky who was pinned under the car. She was removed from her precarious position and taken to her home, where it was found that she was suffering from very painful bruises, but no bones were broken.

That the accident did not result more seriously is only a miracle, as though car fell considerable distance to the stony bottom of the gulch.


The Board of Supervisors of the County of Kauai will receive bids up to 10 o'clock of December 31st, 1921 for furnishing all material needed in the construction and full completion of the following - separate bids to be made on each:
  1. One eight classroom frame school building on the Hanamaulu new school grounds.
  2. One eight classroom frame school building on the Kilauea new school grounds.
A full list of materials in bid form will be furnished prospective bidders upon application to the undersigned.

The Board of Supervisors reserves the right to reject any or all bids.
R. F. Middleton, County Engineer


he Department of Public Instruction is giving vocational training a try-out in one school on each island. Kapaa is the place selected on Kauai.

Hawaii needs vocational training. Her children do not get the training they need. In the past they have not been fitted, as they should have been, for life's work right here in sugar, pineapple, coffee raising Hawaii.

"Whether this training will be best given in our public grade schools or not is a question. But it is being given a trial and every fair-minded man and woman is going to watch the experiment with interest. We hope it succeeds.


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