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My mother left this poetic mystery

January 30th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Somehow I forgot to note yesterday’s significance. It was the second anniversary of my mother’s death. Over time, we’ve realized many things that we should have asked about. Other things that we should have paid more attention to when she told us about them. Long life, lots of experience and knowledge to share. Take advantage […]

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1933 UH medal among items stolen, then returned

March 19th, 2014 · 7 Comments

Here’s one of the items that was stolen, and then returned, over the weekend. It’s a small medal, presented to my mother as a member of the UH Women’s Swimming Team in February 1933 after winning a major local competition. It was, if I’m not mistaken, the first time the university had fielded a swim […]

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History: Origin of the Hawaiian Flag

December 15th, 2013 · 13 Comments

Another “find,” this time a typed, single-spaced, five page inquiry into the origin of the Hawaiian flag by journalist and historian Albert Pierce Taylor. This version appears to have been copied and typed by my mother from a version found in the Hawaiian Historical Society library when she worked there in the 1960s. Taylor was […]

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More fragments from WWII in the Pacific

December 13th, 2013 · 4 Comments

Another day of sorting and throwing things away, and another unexpected find–four tiny bills, measuring about 3-1/2″ x 1-3/4″. They read: “De Japansche Regeering, EEN CENT.” They were in a small brown envelope sent to my mother from Australia. The envelope has red logos at the top left for the Salvation Army, Australia Comforts Fund, […]

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Looking back: Average Lind family expenses in 1946

December 9th, 2013 · 3 Comments

I keep finding surprising and interesting things among the many stashes of papers my mother left. Here’s another goodie. It’s a single page summary of the Lind family’s monthly spending during 1946. That was before my time, so it was a family of three, living in a small home on Bishop Estate leasehold land purchased […]

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