I joined Facebook on January 24, 2009. Then, on September 30, 2011, I posted my first message.
In doing so, I made a commitment to post something every day and I also committed to do it for a year.
Because of my work in government, as Deputy Managing Director for Hawaiʻi County and Director of the State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), I have had the opportunity to see some places and deal with some issues that many others have not had the same opportunity.
So, I planned to share some insights and places with others. In addition to those, I also planned to share some of the recent stuff we learned while working on various planning and related consulting projects across the state.
So, there is a bunch of historical stuff, including images. As time went on, this matter of making meaningful posts turned into a daily research project.
My interest turned into a passion (or obsession, as Nelia says.) It consumed all of my “spare” time – weekdays, evenings and weekends.
I have learned so much in the last few years year about the place I live; it has been a great learning experience.
OK, here’s the deal.
My “one year” is long come and gone.
Some may not realize the time commitment to research and edit these historical posts – in addition to finding images and maps to help illustrate the message.
For the past several years, it has been like another job, or two.
To those who read and appreciate these posts, thank you.
What does that mean for the future?
I’m not sure.
But, as far as posts go, for now, this is it … All Pau.
This is a reminder that I have prepared and scheduled posts up to June 1, 2020 – that could be the last day.
Some have suggested I put these together into a book. However, rather than putting these into some traditional, bound, coffee-table paperwork, I see these posts as a new form for “books” (except I have had control over what is posted each day.)
I am working on getting the posts linked into an online map (actually, I have a version of that I have been working on, it’s pretty cool) and/or an App, so these people, places, times and events can also be seen on a map/aerial image, where they happened.
It may not be completed and up and running by June 1, but I have an agreement with a programmer to get it online as soon as possible.
Anyway, thank you, again; it has been a great eight years and a wonderful ride (a virtual “E” ticket.)
We are fortunate people living in a very special place. Let’s continue to work together to make Hawaiʻi a great place to live.
I will still keep active the website where the full posts – you may continue to see images and maps and the short summaries at: www.ImagesOfOldHawaii.com. The link to the online map will also be there.
But for now, at least on June 1, 2020, the daily historical posts will come to an end.
… and a fun time was had by all.
Polly FitzGerald Dye says
Thank you for blessing us sharing your journey and passion…a daily visit into Hawaiian history. I especially enjoyed the voyage from Boston to Hawaii. Thank you for the ride!
Polly FitzGerald Dye
Albert Clarke says
When good things end it is a sad day – but also a day to reflect on having had an opportunity to have had a good and educational experience. Mahalo nui loa
Curt Kekuna says
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your historically honest, groundbreaking, reports of actual people, attitudes & their contributions. Your work in my mind has done a service to bring clarity & facts to correct & confirm many myths, roles of historical figures & shed light on a difficult era in Hawaii’s past. I’m grateful for your scholarly efforts of reporting without prejudice or “doctoring” the evidence.
Though you are”All Pau” I will remain a fan of yours.
Blessings in your future projects.
Kahu Curt Kekuna
Willis Moore says
Aloha, Peter – – As an historian and professor of USA history, I can understand what an incredible labor of love, done excellently, yours has been. To say thank you seems trite, but Mahalo nui none the less! Some of your words have found their way into a newly-created file for the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai’i Retired Clergy: HO’OPA’A MO’OLELO…..written stories about life and church in Hawai’i. I look forward to seeing you in person around HMH soon. Prof Willis H A Moore, Docent, and, Chaminade University of Honolulu.
Bob Bright says
I have truly enjoyed reading your posts for a number of years. Thank for your tireless, selfless efforts to share all of this with the rest of us. Mahalo.
Kaipo (Marian) says
‘Ano ‘ai, e Peter Young. A huge wave of gratitude is sent your way. There is deep appreciation for your continual diligence and extraordinary deliveries of valuable sentiments and information. Each day, I look forward to reading your articles. Each day, I learn so much. Melancholy fills my heart to be reminded that we, you and I, will not ‘visit’ with each other. Perhaps…someday, we will share stories again. Me kealoha pumehana pau’ole…
I’m a relative late comer to your work. Found it I think on a Historic Hawaii email. I was interested but had no idea what your worked encompassed. I had no idea your work had been going for so long.
I’d like start from the beginning if those are online!
Mahalo for your labor if love.
Carolynn Griffith says
Blessings for all the history and shares giving me a door to understanding our Hawaii. Having been a 4th generation immigrant born and reared in Honolulu learning and embracing our past has been a wonderful adventure.
Owen Miyamoto says
I can only say thank you for the valuble contribution to Hawaiian history. Fortunately you have the willingness to preserve the valuable works for future generations.
Paul Gabriel says
Mahalo nūnui!! I shall miss them.
Jack Gillmar says
Those of us who have been fortunate to follow you every day appreciate all you have done – and the remarkable time it must have taken you to put all thise posts together. Your map and keeping the daily contributions as an online resource is excellent. Your history and contributions of the Hawaiian Mission – particularly your correction of common falsehoods – and the taking of issues out of context – has been a significant cointribution to the 200th Anniversary. Jack
Mahalo Peter and congratulations on 8 years of great work! I’ve enjoyed the daily posts in my inbox for a couple of years and have shared several posts with friends and family. It has been fun to read the history of the places in our beautiful islands. I’m looking forward to the map!