|Shooting Star Day
Day 236 of 2013
129 days left in this year
PIDGIN WORD OF THE DAY — Man bilong pait: Warrior
HAWAIIAN PROVERB OF THE DAY — “When the surfrider is unskilled, the board is broken.”
HAOLE SAYING OF THE DAY — “Charity knows neither race nor creed.” (Talmud)
- 1890: Duke Paoa Kahanamoku is born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Growing up on the outskirts of Waikiki, he spent his youth as a bronzed beach boy. It was at Waikiki Beach where he developed his surfing and swimming skills. As a member of the U.S. Olympic swimming team, he won the gold medal in the 100 meter freestyle in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, and a silver with the relay team. During the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, he won gold medals both in the 100 meters, and in the relay. He finished the 100 meters with a silver medal during the 1924 Olympics in Paris, the gold going to Johnny Weissmuller. He also played for the U.S. Water Polo team at the 1932 Summer Olympics.
- 1903: All the remains interred in the Royal Mausoleum are removed and placed in a temporary building a few yards away because extensive renovations to the mausoleum were planned.
- 1927: The War Memorial Pool is dedicated as a tribute to the sons of Hawaii who died in World War I. It was also the scene of the national outdoor swimming championships. Duke Kahanamoku, “broke the water of the pool, officially opening it,” The Advertiser reported.
- 1945: The Hawaii Housing Authority announces its first postwar project will be Mayor Wright Homes on Oahu.
- 1959: The new State of Hawaii’s congressional delegation formally takes their seats in Congress. By a flip of a coin, Sen. Hiram Fong got the title of “senior” senator and a term of almost six years. Sen. Oren Long became the “junior” senator and got a four-year term. Daniel K. Inouye was the state’s only representative and was sworn in by House Speaker Sam Rayburn.
- 1967: Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser dies at his Portlock home at the age of 85.
- 1971: Gov. John Burns says he has no evidence of a critical food shortage in Hawaii that would require him to declare a state of emergency.
- 2002: The U.S. Postal Service dedicates a stamp in honor of Duke Kahanamoku.
2011: An email circulating the Internet is asking ordinary citizens to pressure their House and Senate members to pass the Congressional Reform Act of 2011. It proposes 7 sensible changes including term limits, health care & retirement benefit reforms that would place members of Congress on an equal footing with the rest of us. More >
2012: Global Technology High School to open next month in Wailuku. It is welcoming freshmen and sophomores and will be licensed by the Hawaii Council of Private Schools, according to a spokesperson.More >x