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Family tidbits: More Waipahu history

My sister, Bonnie, filled in more information about this image, which was among the photographs of Waipahu in the 1940s posted here yesterday.


Bonnie recalls that some of the links my grandparents, Duke and Lani Yonge, had with the area:

Yes, the stacks belong to the Waipahu Mill. It was at the top of Depot Road, with the bottom being at Pearl Harbor. The building in the foreground is St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, on the makai/Ewa corner of Depot Road and Farrington Highway. The vacant land you see between the camera and the church, and to the left of the church was once (maybe was then) our grandparents’ property. There was a cane field between the house and the highway, with cane sold to Ewa Plantation. I remember that I questioned why not the mill right in Waipahu. I don’t know whether it was because the folks from Ewa would come and harvest the cane and haul it away, while Waipahu would not, or if Ewa paid a better price, but I do remember asking — so Ewa plantation sticks. Seems strange when the field was in sight of the mill, but … who am I to question??? The school and parking lot for the church now front on the highway.

I don’t remember when our grandparents moved to their “new house” up on Farrington Hwy. I am thinking that they moved about 1947.

I do remember that our grandparents were the first house after the bridge over the stream on the mauka side, and that they originally owned 4 or 5 house lots. They built on one, or maybe they took up two. They sold one to the Yokono family, who owned the little grocery store in Waipahu where our grandmother alway shopped.

The Yokonos were a part of the hui that formed the Star Market chain. The first store was in Waipahu town, on the opposite side of Depot street from the old store and in the block between the highway and the mill. Seems to me like the store in Kahala was another very early store in their chain — but I may not be remembering well.

Across Farrington Hwy was the library and the telephone company switch building. Waipahu High School was just Ewa of the phone company, on the corner of Farrington Hwy and the little road that went past the Jones house and down around to where the old house was located behind the Catholic church. Now it connects with Depot Road. I don’t remember that it did 60 years ago. Not far beyond the high school, Kunia Road intersected Farrington Highway.

How did I get here? Was just going to tell you that this is a photo showing the back side of the Catholic Church. Oh, and that the priest and our grandfather were drinking buddies! He was, after all, raised Catholic, even though he was never a practicing Catholic as an adult.

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.