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.
On January 19, 1900, 29-year old Herbert and 25-year old William had their first view of Honolulu; shortly after, Jack, age 18, arrived on October 16, 1900;, Edgar, arrived in July 1901. The boys planned “to take passengers out to the reef surrounding the (Honolulu) harbor”.
They also added other adventure, shark hunting, and, an idea of Jack ”For the first time in the history of the field and gun were flying fish flushed with a steam launch and shot on the wing.” Regularly, the brothers were called upon to help in rescue and salvage operations; and, what they became known for, an interisland freight company. Young Brothers continues today. The youngest of the Young Brothers, Jack, is my grandfather.
The Youngs went to Hawaiʻi from San Diego. Good seafaring men of Maine stock, whose parents went to California in Forty-nine, they followed a natural inclination, and the application of Yankee methods soon built up a business which has grown to be one of the most important in the Islands.
In 1929, the tug Mikimiki was launched. The excellent performance of the original Mikimiki led to the adoption of her basic design for a large fleet of tugs produced for the US Army Transport Service in West Coast shipyards for World War II service. No class of tugs contributed more to the success in the postwar era than the Miki-class tugs built for US Army service. And it all started in Hawaiʻi, with Young Brothers.
In 1907, McNeill & Libby started its first fruit cannery in Sunnyvale, California. It quickly became the largest employer with a predominantly female workforce. In the early 1900s, it established a pineapple canning subsidiary in Hawaiʻi and began to advertise its canned produce using the ‘Libby’s’ brand name. Unlike the other bigger pineapple producers, Libby […]
December 13, 1958 – 8-months before Hawaiʻi became a state … it was described as a typical trade wind, Windward Oʻahu day; the sky was clear; the water was a little rough with whitecaps and there were good-sized waves. Six friends, ages 9 to 15, were doing what kids do, then and now; they had […]