Category Archives: General

Early 20th Century map shows location of the “Sunny South”

Buried down towards the bottom of my post a few days ago about the box of old records was a story my mother told about her grandfather, Robert William Cathcart, and some of his encounters in the late 1800s at a spot known as the Sunny South.

Here’s a brief excerpt to set the scene:

There were quite a few British subjects living in Honolulu when Robert W. Cathcart arrived in 1881, so it didn’t take him long to meet others from the British Isles. One with whom he became friendly was Major Hills, a former British army officer who had lived in Tahiti where he married a Tahitian woman. The Hills lived in the Waikiki area where they operated a soft-drink bottling company on Kalakaua Avenue mauka of what is now Kapiolani Boulevard. They called their premises “Sunny South” where every Sunday a group of their associates gathered for a day of pleasant relaxation.

I was very surprised to then receive an email from a prominent local real estate lawyer.

He wrote:

Your mention of Sunny South in a recent blog rang a bell. I remembered an old map of Honolulu copyrighted in 1912 by Charles V. E. Dove. I have scanned a small portion of it and have attached the scan. Sunny South is located just mauka of the then-proposed Ala Wai Canal. The streets depicted as dashed lines didn’t get built quite where shown. The arc crossing King, Kalakaua and Ala Moana before ending at sea seems to be a measure of two miles from the main post office.

Thought you might be interested.

The map confirms my mom’s version of approximately where the Sunny South was located.

I thought this was very cool, and so decided to share it.

Here’s the scan of the old map (click to see a larger version):

Early 20th Century map

More on that silly Star-Advertiser editorial on airport delays

Here’s a quick follow-up to Monday’s post critical of a Star-Advertiser editorial on long airport security delays.

The Star-Advertiser’s recommendation was that travelers should rely on carry-on luggage. My point was that this wouldn’t do anything to speed a traveler through the security check-points.

But I missed the larger problem with the S-A advice. Now carry-on bags are being cited as one of the significant problems that are contributing to security delays.

NBC News quoted Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson (“TSA Apologizes for Delays, Promises Hundreds of New Staffers at Chicago O’Hare Airport“):

Among the measures likely to be most controversial, the TSA will also strongly encourage airlines to find ways to reduce the size and number of carry-ons, the screening of which Johnson said “has a lot to do with the wait time.”

Checked baggage is easier and more efficient to handle, he said. But fees for checking extra bags are among the most frequently cited complaints that passengers already have about airlines.

The problem prompted two leading Democratic senators to call on airlines to suspend checked-baggage fees over the busy summer months in order to reduce the congestion at TSA checkpoints.

In a letter to 12 major U.S. airlines, U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) urged them to drop their fees for checked luggage during the summer. The lawmakers maintain that eliminating the fee would compel more travelers to check their bags — rather than packing it on the plane as a carry-on — which would result in shorter lines at security checkpoints.

“We write in the wake of reports of staggeringly-long lines expected this summer at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening checkpoints in airports across the country,” the senators wrote. “We call on airlines to take a smart, common sense step to help thwart this growing problem: Stop charging checked-bag fees during the coming summer months, the busiest travel season of the year.”

Questioning Caldwell’s campaign theme

Have you been paying attention to Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s initial spate of reelection campaign ads?

The Star-Adveriser website features several. The general theme is similar to this one.


So far, Caldwell is stressing the importance of basic infrastructure and emergency services, police, fire, trash collection, etc.

I couldn’t agree more that these are vitally important. What isn’t obvious to me is whether Caldwell’s administration has done much to improve them.

Look. Caldwell campaigns on public safety when he has remained totally disconnected from the troubles at the Honolulu Police Department, not only the chief’s high-profile woes but also the series of cases of police officers taken to court on criminal charges, and costly settlements in cases of police misconduct.

Caldwell has consistently ducked taking responsibility for all of the police-related issues, but now wants to campaign with vague references to the importance of the police and public safety?

Give me a break.

And today’s Star-Advertiser reports on a Hawaii Supreme Court decision that went against the city regarding garbage pickup. The court ruled the city cannot simply stop picking up the garbage at a set of 180 or so condominiums, churches, and nonprofit groups. The city had pointed to the outdated equipment currently being used as the reason to discontinue.

I haven’t read the court decision yet, but I’ll include a link to the decision here.

And have routine conditions at your neighborhood city parks noticeably improved during the mayor’s tenure?

Garbage collections have recovered from the disruptions last year when both regular and bulky item pick-ups were missed for a period last year. But should getting back to somewhat regular service be counted as an improvement?

I won’t go on.

I’m not saying that Caldwell doesn’t deserve a second term.

But the mayor can’t duck the issues on a day-to-day basis and then turn around and campaign with vaguely positive claims on many of the same matters.

Of course, Peter “Let’s throw the homeless in debtors prison” Carlisle doesn’t offer an alternative.

So it’s going to be an interesting race….

By the way, according to the latest candidate report, twelve candidates have taken out nominating papers to run for Honolulu mayor. Six have officially filed, including Caldwell.

Those who have filed their papers are marked with an asterisk.




Legislature approves opening adoption records to adoptees, parents

Now that the annual legislative session has wrapped up, it’s time to rake through the results and see what’s there.

The legislative website makes this relatively simple.

From the capitol website, click on “Reports and Lists“, and then scroll down the resulting long list of available reports. Down towards the bottom, you can select “Bills that Passed Legislature (Report complete after all bills are sent to the Governor.”

It’s always interesting to see what’s there in the final listing.

On the first pass, I noticed HB2082, HD1, SD1, “A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO ADOPTION RECORDS.”

[An aside, isn’t it time that the legislature’s official website stopped “screaming” with its use of ALL CAPS for bill titles? Earlier this month, NOAA announced that the all caps style would be dropped from its weather forecasts (“April 11, 2016 LISTEN UP! BEGINNING ON MAY 11, NOAA’S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECASTS WILL STOP YELLING AT YOU.“)

Anyway, back to the bill on adoption records.

If it becomes law, Hawaii will join a number of other states in allowing “adopted individuals who have attained eighteen years of age, adoptive parents, and natural parents unfettered access to the adopted individual’s adoption records.”

There was quite a bit of supporting testimony throughout the process, pointing out that the practice of sealing adoption records is a throwback to an earlier cultural era.

According to the Senate committee report on the measure:

Your Committee finds that states began sealing adoption records in the middle of the twentieth century to protect adopted children from the stigma of illegitimacy. However, current research has illustrated that the secrecy surrounding an adoption has significant negative psychological consequences on an adoptee. Furthermore, cultural changes have largely diminished the stigma surrounding adoption, and recent genetics research has highlighted the importance of genetic history to an individual’s medical care. Hawaii’s adoption records law continues to condition access to records on birthparent approval, which is a major hurdle for adoptees to overcome. This measure eases the restrictions on access to sealed court adoption records in the interest of transparency and access to family medical history and ethnic background.

And here’s an example of the testimony presented on the bill when it came before the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor.

Times change. And it’s taken a long time for this particular law to catch up with the changed times.

It’s a change that seems to deserve additional public attention.

Anyway, dig through the bills that were approved and flag those of particular interest to you.

Free for the asking: KMR Kitten Milk Replacer (powder)

I’ve got a new 6-ounce can of KMR powder. It cost $17 at Petland in Kahala this week. I thought it could help perk up Ms. Kili’s appetite. Obviously, her missing appetite wasn’t the problem, it was just another of the symptoms. I only used one dry teaspoon, so the can is virtually full.

If you’re hand feeding kittens, or have a convalescing older cat, this might be just what you need.

Free to the first person who needs it.

You can email me directly, or leave comment here. I’ll get back to you.