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Finding connections

Back in April 2013, I scanned and posted a scrapbook put together by the late UH Professor Carey D. Miller from the time of her arrival in Hawaii in 1922 through her travels around the islands during her first year.

I actually posted two entries, the first showing the scrapbook page-by-page, and then a follow-up with larger versions of the 62 tiny photographs that accompanied her tales.

Today I received a reply out of the blue, courtesy of the small world created by the internet and online searching. It’s from a California artist whose great aunt was of one of the women who traveled to Honolulu with Miller and stayed for a year before returning to the mainland.

Dear Ian Lind,

I cried out upon seeing these photos – I was so excited to find my Aunt Hallie Hyde with her friends Carrie and Ada in Hawaii.

Recently, I went back on ancestry to renew my subscription, and noticed that Hallie had taken a trip in 1922 on the ship Wilhemina. After not finding much on the ship, I decided to do a general search on Hawaii in 1922 and found your website and these wonderful photos. I tried to email, but letter came back.

Hallie was one of the few women in 1911 to receive her Master’s Degree in Home Economics in Illinois. Her father was a physician in Brookings, SD. Hallie was an artist as well. My father and I followed in her footsteps in this regard. I am so excited to see photos of my great Aunt Hallie! The last picture I had of her was from her days as a student at South Dakota State College….

Thank you so very much!!!!

I just never know whether any of the historical items I’ve posted will hit home with anyone, and it’s really nice to hear when it happens!

[text]Meantime, it’s Veterans Day, and four years since we scattered my dad’s ashes in the ocean out past the surf break at Ala Moana. Here’s part of what I wrote at the time.

Four canoes from the Waikiki Surf Club, including its legendary Koa racing canoe, Malia, escorted my father’s ashes out of Ala Wai Boat Harbor late yesterday afternoon as we scattered his ashes in the ocean that he loved. It was a very high honor bestowed on the club’s co-founder.

In this photo, Wally Froiseth, co-founder of the Waikiki Surf Club and a friend of my dad’s since 1939, says a simple, “Goodbye, John” as he tossed a final handful of flowers in the water….

It was quite a sendoff. A fine afternoon.

I took photos that day, playing the role of participant-observer, and former Star-Bulletin photographer turned videographer, Dean Sensui, captured it in video. The video is posted on YouTube. You can jump ahead to about the 22 minute mark, where the canoes gather in a rough circle as his ashes and lots of flowers were dropped into the sea.

More background on the Swanky Franky

Remember this photo of my mother, Helen Lind, in the Swanky Franky hot dog stand operated by two young entrepreneurs, Spence and Cliff Weaver, in around 1939 or 1940?

Helen Lind

It was posted here earlier along with several other photos from the period, including one of my dad with the Weaver brothers sitting on the Swanky Franky.

So was surprised to get an email yesterday from Cathy Cunningham of the American Austin Bantam Club seeking permission to reprint the photo of my mom and adding some background on the Swanky Franky.

As you may know, the customized Swanky Franky was based on the American Bantam chassis. The Swanky Franky was first noted on the streets for the 1939 New York World’s Fair. We are a small club that supports the marque of the American Bantam car, which was built in Butler, Pennsylvania. I’m sure our readers would love seeing the photos.

Who knew!

Check out their website if you’re interested in this little historical nugget.

More gems among ordinary: Photos from Waipahu c. 1940s

It’s going to take a long time to clear out my mother’s house if we keep running into such interesting things and have to stop to digest them.

This is a batch of photos from family gatherings in Waipahu, where my grandparents lived.

I love this one. It’s a little before my time, but shows my parents and grandparents at the table in their Waipahu home. That’s my older sister, Bonnie, looking so cute.

Visiting Duke and Lani Yonge

Just click on the dinner scene to see all of today’s photo gallery.

These photos were taken before all of the residential development in the area, and the views back towards the Waipahu Mill are amazing. A different time and a different world.

“Tarzan” Smith paddled a surfboard to Kauai in October 1940

–>View the photos and news clippings about Gene “Tarzan” Smith

[text]In 1940, Gene “Tarzan” Smith paddled a surfboard from Oahu to the island of Kauai. The event was sponsored by the Hawaii Surfing Association which had been formed just a year earlier.

When the Waikiki Surf Club was formed in 1947, Smith became its first beach attendant.

My father, John Lind, president of the HSA, was in charge of preparations for Smith’s Kauai paddle. These photographs and undated newspapers clippings were found among his papers. Use the link at the top of this entry to view this small collection.

Glamour from 1938 surfing competition in Long Beach, California

I keep turning up additional bits and pieces from the First National Surfing Championship held in Long Beach, California, in November and December, 1938.

This week I found this wonderful glamour photo, apparently part of the publicity barrage for the event, along with a clip from the Los Angeles Times (unfortunately, no date recorded).

The event was sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Long Beach Surf Club.

Long Beach Women


At some point I’ll have to go back and fit the pieces together. Right now, I’ve scanned and posted them as they’ve turned up, and so they are scattered in several places. Another job for a rainy day.