Today’s ‘Timeline Tuesday’ takes us through the 1900s – Young Brothers formed, Moana Hotel opens, Dole organizes Hawaiian Pineapple Company and UH starts. We look at what was happening in Hawai‘i during this time period and what else was happening around the rest of the world.
The Aloha Chapter of the Shriners sponsored the Shrine Bowl Classic, pitting Hawai‘i against mainland teams. For the 11th annual Classic, teams in the three-game series included San Jose State College, the University of Hawaii, and Willamette. The game guaranteed a $5,500 payout – enough to cover teams’ travel expenses, plus a small profit for the athletic departments. The Willamette Bearcats played what was slated as the first in the three-game series.
The game started at 2:30 pm December 6; 24,000 had shown up to watch the Shriner’s game, the largest crowd in the stadium’s history. Hawai‘i won 20-6. The next scheduled games were San Jose vs. Hawai‘i on December 13 and San Jose vs. Willamette on December 16. Plans changed … on December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. None of the athletes for either squad was injured that day. The teams volunteered to assist the Army; they assisted the wounded on their return home. Most of the San Jose State and Willamette players would serve in the military.
Cornell-educated core faculty was brought in during the early days of the College of Hawai‘i to help build a foundation for the University of Hawai‘i’s future. One such was Arthur Lynn Andrews. Andrews was active in all aspects of university life. Andrews became the first Dean of the College of Arts and Science, when the College of Hawai‘i was transformed into the University in 1920. Construction of the Manoa Campus almost stopped during the great depression in the 1930s.
Exceptions were projects for which the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA – under the ‘New Deal’) provided the manpower. One such project at the University was an Outdoor Theater. It opened on June 20, 1935. Originally the structure was called Andrews Amphitheatre (named after Andrews,) but President Gregg Sinclair renamed it “Arthur L. Andrews Outdoor Theatre” in an attempt to use the proper descriptive vocabulary, since ‘Amphitheatre’ refers to a structure that wraps all of the way around the stage.
“A Kingdom without a university looks like an anomaly. Education in this Kingdom is unquestionably on a respectable footing. The foundation of a Hawaiian national university is consequently not a chimerical idea.“ On January 4, 1893, the Hawaii Bureau (later Board) of Agriculture and Forestry was established in the Kingdom of Hawaii.
The University of Hawaiʻi began as a land-grant college, initiated out of the 1862 US Federal Morrill Act funding for “land grant” colleges. The new College of Hawaii campus was also a working farm from the first day. Research and extension faculty were administratively included in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR.)
“Very soon I gathered up 12 or 15 little native girls to come once a day to the house so that as early as possible the business of instruction might be commenced. That was an interesting day to me to lay the foundation of the first school ever assembled”. (Sybil Bingham) “Mother Bingham … teaching […]