Firsts and Almost Firsts in Hawai'i

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Ronn Ronck
University of Hawaii Press, 1995 - Reference - 241 pages
This is the first book-length look at how and when a wide range of items made their first appearance in the Islands: from cockroaches, slot machines, and drive-ins to aloha shirts, parking meters, and shipwrecks. To satisfy the curious and the skeptical, endnotes and a bibliography listing more than 200 publications are provided, making this work a valuable reference for scholars and an entertaining handbook for trivia buffs.

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Page 184 - They have a game somewhat resembling draughts, but more complicated. It is played upon a board about twenty-two inches by fourteen, painted black, with white spots, on which the men are placed ; these consist of black and white pebbles, eighteen upon each side, and the game is won by the capture of the adversary's pieces. Tamaahmaah excels at this game. I have seen him sit for hours playing with his chiefs, giving an occasional smile, but without uttering a word.
Page 122 - Those who are employed as shopmen, keep their accounts with a wonderful degree of exactness, making all their calculations by means of an abacus.
Page 57 - ... they walked in a line one by one, each carrying a bundle, and winding round the side of the river. Numbers came in the two succeeding days also, bringing presents. The magic lantern was shown to a big audience of natives who were greatly surprised and delighted at the changeable figures. We also set off some rockets, and a paper air balloon, but the latter caught fire almost immediately and falling on Lord Byron's grass house was near setting it in flames.
Page 153 - I was wounded in my right side with a boarding pike, which it pained me very much.
Page 110 - A loose, seamed dress with a yoke and usually with a train, patterned after the Mother Hubbards of the missionaries.
Page 31 - He suggested using the difference in temperature between the surface of the ocean and the water down deep.
Page 218 - The course has been shortened from 18 to 9 holes because it has been conceded by the majority of players that the latter number is sufficient for a warm climate such as we have here. ... I might say that, since the new arrangement was instituted a short time ago, there have been more players out than ever before.

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