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ESTABLISHED 1904. VOL. 16. NO. 3.
LIHUE, KAUAI, TERRITORY OF' HAWAII, TUESDAY, JANUARY 20. 1920
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Tho rainfall thla last weok has been
almost unprecedented, not perhaps In
tho amount that fell In any particular
hour, but In that It did It over and
over again. It culminated Friday
night, and by that time the earth was
bo saturated that it wouldn't stand
any more, and tho flood soon reached
alarming proportions. Every stream
was a roaring torrent and moro or
less damage was done along tho bods
of these streams, as well as in the
fields, by tearing them up and wash
ing away tho good soil.
Saturday morning tho Wailua flats
were all afloat, tho whole region from
the sand track to the crusher, on tho
mauka side of tho road, being a great
lake which one could havo navigated
in a boat, and Just this sido of tho
crusher tho road was under water for
200 or 300 yards, so that cars plowed
through like steamboats, throwing
a shower of spray on each side.
At Wailua there waB another great
lake, to the North of the coooanut
grove, the wholo valley being afloat.
At Waipouli, tho Droadbent cocoanut
grovo was all afloat, the long isles of
overhanging palms giving charming
effects in the reflections below.
At tho Wailua Bridge, what might
have been a serious accident occurred.
A Koloa chauffeur, one Sakai, return
ing from Kilauea about midnight, as
he was Just coming onto tho bridge,
took a heador of ten or twelve feet
through the bottom of the road, and
thought he was going through to
China. Though ho didn't go that far,
the fetch up wrecked his car pretty
badly and gave him minor scratches,
but scared him nearly ' out of his
It was a peculiar accident in that
the surface of the road was intact,
when he came along, and gave no
sign of danger. The fill, consitltuting
tho approach to tho bridge wa3 an old
one, put in years ago with a pile foun
dation which, after all these years,
was supposed to be perfectly sound.
The inside core of the fill was of sand
which, when undermined by tho flood,
at one small point, filtered out, like
water out of a tank, leaving a great
hollow void behind it, the tenacious
macadam surface, however, held like
a vaulted roof over tho hollow chamb
er, but under tho weight of tho car,
"Billy," of the Kapaia Garago, was
called up, and came to the rescue, and
he in turn got Mr. Moragno, who
reached there about four o'clock, and
in a few, hours the breach was thor
oughly repaired, and without stopping
the traffic, as thore was room to go
It is an ill wind that blows nobody
good. Cords of drift-wood camo down
the streams and is being gathered up
by thrifty householders, and there are
said to bo "loads of flsh" in the flood
er territory, and tho knowing ones
are out after them.
In tho new homestead section, Wai-lua-mauka,
ono of tho fills crossing
a branch of tho Opaekaa stream, a
long, low embankment on the road
way in the homestead tract, was car
ried out by the storm. This' fill is at
tho foot of a swampy region that In
ordinary weather contributes only a
little trickle of water, but in such a
storm as that of last week, it runs a
torrent. Generous provision will
havo to bo made for this run-off.
On the Waimea side the only report
of flood plllkas comes from Makawell,
where tho rush of, storm water down
tho Mahlnauli Valley overtaxed tho
capacity of tho concrete bridge on the
Government road, so that it banked
up and overflowed tho road to a depth
of somo four foot, most effectively
closing tho road for a time; and when
it subsided, left a deposit of mud that
was nearly as deep, and quite as much
of an obstruction. Crossing tho road
tho torrent poured down through tho
adjacent cano fleld, tearing a path
way through tho fleld 25 yards wide
and several hundred yards long.
Ono of the Waimea trucks, with
drummers' samples, tried to get
through when tho water was at its
height, but unfortunately missed the
road and landed In tho ditch up
against tho fenco. It had to bo dug
out of tho mud next day.
Beyond Waimoa, moro or less of:
the flat country, all tho way to Mana,
Is under water. A great, long lake or
succession of lakes, a dozen miles in
Msjb. , . ..r-mM a.-ay-' mua if. me":m3. i..-w. - imrt.-
E. P. GIBSON, of Catton, Nelll &
Company, returned to Honolulu last
week after a few days spent on tho
Island in tho Interest of his firm, large
ly in connection with tho proposed
Makawell hydro-electric plant.
Wm. Searby, mill engineering ex
pert for American Factors, returned
to Honolulu Saturday after several
days on the Island.
Mr. and Mrs. It. H. Trent, special
guests to tho Young People's Convent
ion, havo been entertained during
their stay by Mr. and Mrs. S. W.
Wilcox, Grovo Farm.
Dr. Dean, president ot tho College
of Hawaii, on Kauai for a few days
to deliver a special address to the
Young People's Convention, has been
tho guest of Mr. and Mrs. Broadbent.
Rev. A. W. Palmer, and Mr. G. P.
Cooke, both of whom camo down f6r
tho convention, have been special
guests of Mr. and .Mrs. Wm. Hyde
Rice. Mr. Cooke returned to Town
Saturday. Mr. Palmer goes back today.
Brigadier Waite, ot tho Salvation
Army, has boen a special guest of
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Itice, for tho con
vention, also Mr. Klinefelter, of the
Methodest Mission, here for tho same
Extension of Business
J. A. Hogg, manager of the Kauai
Garage, returned from Honolulu this
morning where ho secured somo im
portant agencies, among which is tho
Miller tires and casings, a large stock
of which ho brought back with him.
Ho also secured the exclusive agency
for Willard Batteries, a fine stock of
which ho has on hand.
Mr. Hogg has several cars coming
next week, among which are tho new
Overland Four, Nash, Buick and
Dodge, several of which are already
While in Honolulu Mr. Hogg secur
ed the services of Mr. McGreer, a
mechanical superintendent, and a
very high class man, who will have
charge of the mechanical department
of tho parage.
Mrs. Hogg accompanied her hus
band to Honolulu, where tine spent
the time shopping.
American Legion Notes
Members of the Kauai Post are urg
ed to attend' tho annual meeting of the
Post on Friday, January 23, 1920, at
7:30 P. M. It' will probably be held
in the Lihuo Armory, or tho County
Building. Members will bo notified of
the place, by post card.
Tho meeting is for tho election of
officers for 1920; and for tho selection
of delegates to tho Territorial Convent
ion to be held in February. Other im
portant matters will also come up for
The meeting has been twice post
poned on account of bad weather and
it is to be hoped that conditions will be
more favorable for the now date set.
Le Roy Goes Over the Top
E. LoRoy was tho victim of a pe
culiar accident this morning. A
couple of Cleveland tractors arrived
by tho steamer this morning for ono
of tho new homesteads at Wailua.
They were troubesomo things to
load onto a truck, and tho driver was
casting about for someone to help him.
Loltoy volunteered, saying that jho
knew how to run the animal. And
to prove it ho drove one of them up
to the top of the hill near at hand.
There, taking advantago of tho high
bank, ho proposed to run it aboard
tho truck on tho level. His plan was
excellent ho got It aboard alright
but then, as ho says, "tho darned
thing wouldn't stop, and went right
over tho sido ot tho truck," dumping
him with it, head first onto tho hard
macadam. Ho is now in the ho.ipital,
3oir.evhat tho worse for tho exter
fjneo, but r.ot soriously hurt.
extent. And tho water drains out so
slowly that this condition will moro
or less remain for weeks.
Tho plantations and other agricul
tural Interests report very llttlo dam
age exespt fluids in somo cases wash
ed and gutted by tho downpour.
The Hawaiian Sugar Company is
putting in a large hydro-electric plant
in connection with the Olokcle ditch,
at tho head of tho plantation, which
will givo tho whole estate an abund
ant supply of power for all purposes.
When the Olokolo ditch and exten
sion were constructed, fifteen or six
teen years ago, provision was mado
for this purpose by putting in a big
drop at a suitable point on tho ex
tension ditch. This drop will now bo
The available head will bo about
120 feet, the amount ot water will run
at about 40 million gallons n day,
varying of course with the season.
The plan Is to put In ultimately two
GOO k.w. units, which will bo tho equiv
alent of about 800 horsepower each,
Installing only one, however, at the
present time, as-1 resprv'ni;. the sec
ond until the need for the samo bo
comes apparent. These units will bo
ed at 2400 volts, stepped up at tho
may bo needed for power, to 440
volts, and for light, 110. Much of It will
be used in the mill for driving centri
laborers' quarters. Of the latter there
aro 8 camps, scattered about tho plan
tation, somo of them veritable small
cities. Electric light will be a great
boon to them.
The transmission line will bo eight
miles long and will bo of the most dur
able and up-to-dato construction, with
reinforced concrete poles, galvanized
steel cross arms, bolts, etc. No. 2 cop
per wire will be UBed for transmis
sion, with the best and most modern
type of insulator.
The plant will bo furnished by Cat
ton, Ncill & Co., agents for tho Gen
eral Electric Co., and will cost about
The regular monthly business
meeting of the Board of Supervis
ors of the County of Kauai was
held as usual at its oilice in Lihue
on Wednesday, January 7th, at
10 o'clock- a. in.. Present were: II.
1). Wishnrd, chairman; T. Brandt,
V. 1). McBryde, J. F. Bettencourt,
.Jr. A. Menefoglio, who was still
ill, was absent.
The minutes of the last meeting
were read and approved.
The Board, after having care
fully examined the several de
mauds submitted, approved them
to be paid against the following
Salary Co. Iil. Sup. (pro
Salary Co. lid. Sup. .100.00
I'av of Police:
Kawaihau 111 0.00
Hanalei 2:55.00 1,805.00
Coroners Inquest 189.00
County Bldg. Janitor Serv. M.OO
County Jail 508.55
County Lot & Bldg. S1.S5
District Courts & Jails:
Kawaihau 5.55 75.10
Discount & Interest 29IUS
District Pounds !).00
ISxpenses of Election 515.55
Expenses of Witnesses 25.00
Mahelona 1,000.00 1,150.00
Co. lid. Sup.
Incidentals: License Col. 87.50
liegist. of Autos 85.00
Support of Prisoners: 051.09
Furn. & Fixturos 1,434.75
AT MQKIHANA CLUB
Itev. A. W. Palmer, of Central
Union church, gave the Moklhana
Club and their special guests a great
treat last evening at tho Social Hall,
in his interesting and amusing Illust
rated lecture on Siberia.
Mr. Palmer spent some six months
there and traveled from ono end of
tho country to tho other, and had
special advantages and facilities ac
corded him to sec and know tho coun
try as it is. His narrative of personal
experience Is both graphic and amus
lug, with those intimate, personal
touches which ono does not get from
ordinary books ot travel; and with it
a good deal of reliable information is
The slides illustrating the talk wero
made from his own negatives, in Jap
an, where they do these things well,
and they really Illustrate the lectures,
which Buch pictures sometimes fail
Tho Nawlliwill wooden bridge,
which had about lived out its normal
life anyway, had been bo undermined
at one point by the recent storm, that
the weight of a 3-ton truck ot the
Gomez Garago was too much for it
this morning, and it collapsed on the
makal side. Fortunately the driver
had presence of mind enough to speed
up as he felt tho bridge settling and
got over without being carried down.
The bridge is being repaired as we
go to press.
It is rumored that A. Mcncfoglio of
WaIniha will represent the plantation
in installing the plant and will man
ago tho samo thereafter.
Jan. Serv. & Sc-h. Sup. 5111.25
New Bldgs: (Spec.
New Grounds (Spec.
Iiep. Houses & Cot. 4 20.055
Water Works: '
Kalaheo . 29.00
Lawai . 2.50
Onmo " 19.20
Anahola 7.05 124.40
Iioad Work : :
County Road Machinery
Asphalt Macad. Mana Now
nds. & Bridges
ltd. Tax Spec. Deposit
J. I. Silva-J. VIerra Hnut. ltd.
ltd. Contract: Lawai
Roads & Bridges
Rd. Tax Special Deposit
Huloia Bridge, P.I.F.
Wailua Bridge, P.I.F.
Wailua Homesteads' Rds. 2
Road Tax Special Deposit
Roads fc Bridges
Road Tax Special Deposit
Asphalt Macad. : Landing Rd
Roads & Bridges
Road Tax Special Deposit
Mr. Brandt moved that tho chair
man on behalf ot the Board havo tho
full authority to countersign pay rolls
of tho laborers employed on tho Wai
lua Homesteads' Road work upon
presentation and after being satlsflod
that tho samo aro correct, and after
being seconded by Mr. Bettencourt
Jr., tho motion was carried.
Mr. Brandt moved that all moneys
now In the Treasury to tho credit of
tho "Permanent Improvement Fund"
for 1919, bo set aside to be used to
wards tho completion of the work
known as tho "Mana Now Road" In
Waimea, and being seconded by Mr.
Bettencourt Jr., tho same was carried.
(Continued on Pago 2)
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I Kapaa Notes f
BASEBALL STAR, HOMESTEADER
Kiong Soong, baseball player and
drawer of ono ot tho lucky numbers
in tho Wailua homesteads, arrived
from the Valley Isle via Honolulu last
weok to make his permanent home
on Kauai. Ho is making a temporary
stay hero until his new homoon his
homestead is ready.
T. TAKATANI MEETS DEATH
S)(Takltani, president and manager
of the Kapaa Ice & Soda Works, died
on Saturday after being found uncon
scious early that morning in the ice
plant, of which ho was manager. It
is believed that In some unaccount
able manner ho fell asleep in tho
plant and becamo unconscious aa tho
result of inhaling too much ammonia,
with which tho air of tho ico plant is
filled. Ho died without regaining con
sciousness. The deceased Is 25 years
of age and is survived by a young wife
and daughter living here, and a broth
er at Eleele.
Mr. and Mrs. T. Matsura welcomed
the arrival of a baby boy on January
4th. Mrs. Matsura was formerly a
member of tho teaching Btaff of tho
Kapaa school under Mrs. Burke.
It has been quite a long interval
since this locality received such a
downpour aa that which fell last week.
Little lakes were formed in many
places and tho "dry land" ducks had
tho times of their lives while it lasted.
Mr. A. Homer, Sr., came down on
Friday on business in connection with
the Hawaiian Canneries Company.
The Koloa through-'the-Gap-to-Lihuo
railway is "well along toward a iiniBh,
and will scon be in operation along its
first section on the Koloa side. Tho
grading of this first section, some five
miles in extent, is nearly finished, tho
rails are In hand and tho tioa arc duo
shortly. It will cross tho road, going
down into Koloa, about 1000 feet
mauka of tho present crossing and
will then keep to tho West of ttreroad
tho whole way up into tho Gap region.
After tho completion of the Koloa
section, tho Koloa Plantation will pro
ceed with the Gap section, through
tho Knudscn Brothers' plantation.
Tho wholo lino will bo of a durable,
permanent character, suited for any
traffic or serviccMhat may bo required
Delay of Mill Construction
The long missing parts ot tho driv
ing engine for the Lihuo mill havo
now arrived and tho construction
work will proceed rapidly to an early
finish. Tho mill will probably start
up in early .February.
Tho Kealia mill reconstruction is
being held up owing to tho non-arrival
from tho Coast of two comparatively
insignificant but absolutely essential
gear wheels. Everything elso Is ready
and tho great plant waits in idleness
for those two wheels. Meantime no
body knows where they have gone to.
Tho bills of lading for tho last ship
ment, which brought everything elso
Includes those wheels, but whan it was
nuloaded on the wharf tho wheels wore
simply not there.
IT HAS EVERCTH ING
BUT THE KICK
. Chas. Lund, representing tho Cali
fornia Browers' Association, makers
of Acmo Beverage, tho famous non
alcoholic beer, returned to Honolulu
Saturday after a most successful week,
spent among tho Kauai merchants,
where ho succeeded in placing largo
quantities of this product. Mr. Lund
says Acme Boverago is actually a
browed beer without tho alcohol, and
is decidedly popular on tho Malnuand.
Mrs. Wm. hjelo Rico gavo a very
peasant iu;rmal tea this nfnrnoni
for the visiting friends from Honolulu
who havo done so much to muko tho ,
young peoples' convention a success.
There were about two dozen thero!
and it was a very congenial and en-j
There will be a meoting of tho
church and congregation at tho Lihuo
Union Friday evening at 7:30. Im
portant matters of policy and activity
will bo considered and a large meet
ing Is requested.
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The Kauai young peoples' Christian
rally, promoted by tho Young Men's
and Young Women's Christian As
sociations, in conjunction with the
local churches, and held at Lihue
last Saturday and Sunday, was an
eminent success. The cooperation of
tho various committees, the response
of the zclous young delegates, tho
hearty participation and inspiring
messages of tho visitors from Hono
lulu, all combined In perfect harmony
and was unmistakable evidence of
divine favor aa well.
Even the weather, which up until
Saturday morning was most unprom
ising, cleared in time for tho com
mencement of tho program and per
mitted tho completion of every event.
Tho number of delegates witli their
leaders, representing every district
on Kauai, totaled 3G2.
The program commenced with a
rally on the base ball grounds with
flag-raising exercises by Lihuo school
children and a forceful address on
Christian Patriotism by Senator Geo. ,
P. Cooke. The afternoon of Satur
day was spent in athletic sports, for
both boys and young women dole-'
gates. A series of track events fol
lowed by the girls' volley ball game
on the tennis courts, and indoor base
ball match for tho younger boys,
comprised this part of the program.
Tho largest and most spectacular
event from point of numbers at least,
wan tho banquet, hold In tho armory
Saturday evening. Tho delegates and
guests served at this banquet number
ed 370, which, with tho volunteer
waiters, numbered well over 500. Rev.
J. M. Lydgato was tho gracioUB and
genial toastmaster. lie first called
on Henry Wedemeyer for an address
of welcome. Henry, a senior in
Kauai High School and president of
Lihue Y. M. C. A., by his first after
dinner speech, proved himself a
credit to both institutions. Mr. Soon
N. Aim, of Koloa school, followed
with a ready and most commendable
response. Mr. Richard Trent spoke
on Christianity in business, and Prof.
Dean, of tho college of Hawaii, on
Christianity and tho Modern Hind.
Music by the brilliant Filipino or
chestra of Koloa, and by a Lihue
Hawaiian mnlo quartot was inter
spersed to tho great delight of all.
Dr. A. W. Palmer concluded tho pro
gram with an illustrated lecture on
Siberia. Tho high quality of tho
Christian message brought by these
men, representing different walks of
life, is sufficiently indicated by the
personality of tho men themselves,
so well known in Hawaii.
On Sunday tho samo high quality
of Christian messages was maintain
ed and an even loftier note on per
sonal character raised under the
spirit of worship. There wors group
meetings for returned soldier?, boy
scouts, older boys, young women and
girls reserves. Special services wore
hold in all tho churches at 11 o'clock,
simultaneously. Tho speakers at
these meetings wero Rev. A. W. Pal
mer, Brigadier Waito, Rev. T. Oku
mura and Prof. Dean. Tho Christian
spirit in tho boy scout movement was
told to tho boys early in tho after
noon by Sec. J. O. Warner. A quiet
and Impressive prayer service follow
ed this, led by Rov. N. C. Schenck,
was largely attended by tho doiegatcs.
Vesper service, with sweet music and
an illuminating appeal on tho Call
to Christian Service, by Rev. D. M.
Klinefelter, was held in tho lato after
noon. There wore also quiet group
meetings interspersed during tho af
ternoon as occasion permitted. Miss
Edna J. Hill and tho Kauai secretar
ies, Miss Ilisslnger and Mls3 Soulo
gave uplifting counsel to tho young
A popular service in tho Tip Top
Sunday night completed tho convent
ion. Tho song service led by Mr.
Schenck loft tho largo congregation
well propared for tho final message
by Dr. Palmer, who preached on
practical dally lifo from tho text,
"With tho heart man belloveth unto
righteousness." Ho drove homo tho
lofty teachings and examples of Jesus
Christ and skillfully summarized tho
groat truths presented at thoprev
ious meetings of tho day. Tho im
pressions mado on all who attended
thla convention will bo far reaching
and must make for better Kauat.