Big Isle History for August 11


1939

I SAW…It looks as though Hilo is going in for roller skating seriously…It even looks as though I will have to “convert” myself to the sport if everybody else in town intends to roller skate…Today I SAW several salesmen going from store to store…They were selling skates…And the stores bought them…They must think they can sell them for there will be several new advocates of the sport with the coming of the third skating rink…At the volcano arena…I wish the police department would give the would-be “skaters” license numbers so I could take them down when they blocked “traffic” on the sidewalks…P.S. I soon expect to see business men skating to work…

Down by the vegetable district I SAW a boy, who was driving, wondering why the car’s engine would die when he reached a certain speed…If he really wants to know his brake was on…

Yesterday, tending the departure of their training ship, I SAW three Japanese men going upstairs toward the office of the Chamber of Commerce…Maybe they went to say their official goodbye … Down by the sea shore behind the railroad terminal, I SAW several boys with things that looked like beach hats made out of net … (But they were crab nets) …The crabs they caught may have only been Hilo crabs but they had big enough pinchers … No, I didn’t shake hands with the crabs even though I was introduced…

1964

Shunichi Kimura, Democratic candidate for county chairman, will hold an open house at his campaign headquarters at 310 Keawe St. across from the K. Taniguchi Super Market, Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. The formal grand opening ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. with an invocation by the Rev. Gabriel Pea. Refreshments will be served and entertainment will be provided by groups including a barbershop quartet, the Torquays, and Mrs. Piilani Nahiwa’s, Mrs. Edith Kanakaole’s and Mrs. Phoebe Makaio’s troupes. 1989

Zalman Shmotkin and Naftali Rotenstreich, two rabbinical students from the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, are back in the islands after a successful tour of Jewish communities last year. The two budding rabbis from New York are part of a summer outreach program to meet with Jewish people and to help enrich and strengthen the Judaic heritage. They return to New York on Aug. 24. The Brooklyn-based Chabad-Lubavitcher movement, an international Jewish outreach organization, was founded in the 19th century. Its leader for the last 40 years has been Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, who has set into motion massive educational, social and rehabilitative programs, and is the inspiration and guide for the young traveling rabbis.

A Honolulu Chabad Center was established two years ago by Rabbi Itchel Krasnjansky and his wife, Pearl. While in Hawaii, Shmotkin and Rotenstreich hope to stress the message that one can “live in and with the world and still observe God’s commandments.” In other words, every Jew, when given a chance to experience the faith, “will become closer to its observance,” Shmotkin said. This Day in History is compiled by Brandon Haleamau for the Tribune-Herald using newspaper archives. Whenever possible, the news accounts provided in this column were taken verbatim from the newspaper.

 

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