Today’s ‘Timeline Tuesday’ takes us through the 1850s – Kuleana Act, Smallpox Epidemic, death of Kamehameha III and growth in rice cultivation. We look at what was happening in Hawai‘i during this time period and what else was happening around the rest of the world.
“Although Chinese baseball players are mighty scarce in this country (US mainland), over in Honolulu there is a team composed exclusively of Chinese and they play good baseball. The team is called the Chinese Alohas. … During the period between 1910 and 1925, (Chinese) baseball teams … ruled supreme in the territory. … Starting in 1912 and through 1916, Chinese diamond squads annually invaded the mainland, returning each time with impressive records.” “Honolulu had become a hotbed of Chinese American community baseball.”
In 1915, “arrangements have been completed for the famous All-Chinese baseball team of Honolulu, which was so successful against the leading American College clubs on its tour of the United States last year, to come to Shanghai and take part in the series for the open baseball championship of the Far East.” In Hawai‘i in 1920, an All-Chinese team knocked off a visiting University of Chicago team; they tied University of California, and later in 1922, Honolulu’s All-Chinese team beat a visiting Stanford team.
The maritime fur trade focused on acquiring furs of sea otters, seals and other animals from the Pacific Northwest Coast and Alaska that were sold in China in exchange for tea, silks, porcelain and other Chinese goods (which were then sold in Europe and the US.)
In the mid-1840s, following defeat by Britain in the first Opium War, a series of natural catastrophes occurred across China resulting in famine, peasant uprisings and rebellions. Many Chinese left; some came to the Islands. Honolulu’s Chinatown was established during the 1840s and 1850s, in an area along Honolulu Harbor. It is reportedly the oldest Chinese quarter in the US.
The Kepaniwai Park and Heritage Gardens is a peaceful place to experience various cultural buildings; it was created as tribute and a memorial to Maui’s multi-cultural diversity.
Started in 1952, the park contains several monuments and replica buildings commemorating the Hawaiian, American missionary, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean and Filipino cultures that make up a significant part of Hawaiʻi’s cultural mix.
The Royal Hawaiian Agricultural Society was formed in 1850 to develop Hawaiʻi’s agricultural resources. It was then that rice made its mark in the Hawaiʻi economy. The group purchased land in the Nuʻuanu Valley and rice seed from China and planted in a former taro patch. At first the Society offered the rice seed to […]