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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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Tags: History · Photographs

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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Tags: Consumer issues · History · Vintage Hawaii

December 7: Something is brewing….

December 7th, 2013 · 3 Comments

It’s coming up on 8 a.m. on December 7. In 1941, it was a Sunday. It was my father’s birthday. The night before my parents had been partying. Then their world changed. I posted the following back in May, soon after finding a letter of my mother’s penned that day. I’m sharing it again today. […]

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Tags: History · Vintage Hawaii