1960: Kapoho people want to build town again

cyee678 Member Photo

Clipped by cyee678

1960: Kapoho people want to build town again - A 4 nnXOIllU ADVERTISED Monday, Feb. I, 13f-!...
A 4 nnXOIllU ADVERTISED Monday, Feb. I, 13f-! They'll Stay Together I'iu0ttd . stein. ! A, WW p p By CI CK EICHWACH J PAHOA, Hawaii --'Trom ttie ashes will rise a new Ka- J Husky Alvin Kalawe's eyes ..lashed as he reported the twockend decision made by his bow-homeless townspeople. !Mr. Kalawe is a Hawaiian. was born in Kapolio 55 fcvears ago. He was raised ttliere. He .went to school 'there. He worked there. He si? strong and straightforward. ... 1 i- - i . ' .- - . r - ' -i il'I ut i Kill I'll j tm i " ill' lllii in m id' Mil. KALAWE I'M JUST THREE WEEKS ago! good." pe saw a cinnamon glow in knew it telegraphed a volcanic eruption. Today Kapoho is dead. Most of the houses are buried under 10 to 20 feet of lava. A few bent tin roofs can be seen jut ting out at crazy angles from the sea of uneven lava that covers what used to be Kapo-ho's main road. You caa stand on a hill that parallels that road, and the town looks like a 20th century Pompeii. Beyond the ruins, you tan see a wildly erupting volcano. Jt's hard to believe it's reality and not an ingenious set for a Hollywood spectacle. MK. KALAWE believes, although he's not now at Kapoho. lie's sitting on a canvas cot nine miles away, in the Pahoa School gymnasium, the Red Cross disaster shelter. This is now home for about 100 of the 300 residents of Kapoho and its "suburb," Ko-ae. The rest of the volcano refugees are living with friends and relatives. Tha townspeople of Kapoho had a meeting this past weekend. It was held without fanfare. There were no officials or reporters present. "We decided we want to stay together, near Kapoho," Mr. Kalawe told me evenly. "We have good life. We have .,good climate. The people are eopie Fireman ant to Build Town Again Scientist Policeman Civil Defense National Guard 'A A l t C I i i' ? Red Cross : X I mM W - '.naftii MO tj "S -' J ,. . ' -t r i V - v ' i 1 FIREMAN KAKU St'GATA GEOLOGIST DON RICHTER PATROLMAN JOHN KEKUA WARDEN ALBERT WILSON SPEC. 5th HERBERT ISIIII JOHN ROLFES Cordon Mors Photoi ill II ill' lilt III! iiit H!' in; iiii Hi' III! Ill' IIII (HI till ill III! M' !(' the sky north of Kapoho and HE PUFFED on a cigaret. Volcano Victims Find Helping Hands Displaced by a volcano, their homes Firemen turned out to be fellows who risked gone, the people of Puna found they were not without a helping hand. .They found ai l 24 hours a day. Policemen became warm friends, not distributors of traffic tickets. their lives in heroic efforts to save homes and belongings, hot neatly-uniformed men who played checkers at the Hilo firehouse. The American Red Cross turned out to be salvation itself, providing food, shelter and a hope for tomorrow. Scientists hiked through rugged and dangerous terrain and flew on hazardous small-plane flights trying to find out what was happening, to pro-1 vide adequate warning, and even trying to turn the flow of the volcano. The Hawaii National Guard and the Office of Civil Defense provided men and machines for communication, transportation, and a helping hand to all. The faces above symbolize all those who came to help during the present Puna eruption. "We hope they can help ' : V, Faces of Kapoho youngsters reflect elders' worry. us." By "they" he meant the state of Hawaii, the American Red Cross and Richard Lyman, the biggest individual landowner in the Puna district, who has lost an estimated ;j)00 acres in the current eruption. The people of Kapoho don't know exactly the legalities of giving them a new area to build a town. Some of them were just leasing land. Some were renting frame shacks, at monthly rentals as low as $4.75 a month. PEOPLELIKE these aren't looking for tax deductions or hefty mortgage loans they couldn't pay off. They don't know themselves what they really need. But they have faith that the State, the Red Cross and Lyman will come up with the answers. . You take Kalawe. He born in Kapoho - courthouse. His father was a jailer and got $25 a month salary and lodging there, for him, his wife, and their four children. In 1942, Alvin Kalawe got permission to live in the same courthouse, in return for some civil defense duties., He was living there with two of his seven children his wife died seven years ago when .the orderj came to evacuate Kapoho. - "TIIERFS NO better place for me than Kapoho," he still insists. "I don't think the volcano will strike again this way. Of course, I felt the same way after the 1955 eruption." You talk to other refugees living in the Red Cross-run gymnasium, where families are crowded into "rooms" partitioned off by furnishings or stage walls or by nothing. Kids in pajamas ride tricycles around the gym floor. A TV set is on, with a small grand- stand where spectators witness drama much inferior to what they're experiencing. THE REFUGEES for the most part seem in good spirits, and liveliness rather than dreariness pervades the shelter. The 32-year-old shelter boss, Chang Yank Aiona, has an explanation. SALES BOUNCED TO A NEW HIGH IN 1959 Congratulations . . . to VON HAMM-YOUNG CO., Hilo Branch A recent check in Hawaii County showed that Willys rose to second place in commercial car registrations during the first 10 months of 1959. The shipment of 350 "Jeep" vehicles to the Hawaiian Islands in this same 10-month period represents a 311 per cent increase over the total shipments for the previous year. WILLYS-OVERLAND EXPORT CORP. Toledo 1, Ohio t CHANG YANK AIONA 'They're happy and laughing because they don't want 1 to think about the eruption." He shifts his 5-year-old daughter, Lindy Ann, on his shoulder. "The volcano has ruined our homes. But the people of Kapoho and Koae should get together and stay together on new land, close by." HE HIMSELF is from Koae, and was custodian of the Isaac Hale Park there and also custodian of the Kapoho School. "Only three of 11 houses are left at Koae. One of them is mine, covered with cinders. There are no stores, no schools, and it's no good to live. We need another spot." Chang was born and raised in Puna. He came back from Hilo 10 months ago. He has a wife and four children. The' oldest attended Kapoho , School. "There were 35 kids j and two teachers. Good teachers. We have to have another school just like it." Mrs. Estaban Viloria, the Hawaiian wife of an Olaa Sugar Co. Filipino plantation worker. Is sitting on the bed; with one of her children. The Vilorias have 10 children. Seven were living with them in Kapoho, the oldest 26 and the youngest eight; ' A P.IG, SMILING woman wearing a bright yellow muir-muu, she said: "I live in Kapoho' all my life. I never thought the volcano drive us out. We must wait and see. But I want to stay around here." Son Roy, a good-looking 16, spoke up: "It's terrible. All our friends will go separate ways." The Vilorias are living In the left backstage wing of the Pahoa School. Next to them is 64 year - old Hilarion Hen-riques, a retired' Olaa plantation worker who had lived in Kapoho' since 1954 with his son Simeon's family. Hilarion's other son, George, and George's wife also lived in Kapoho. r if" ' i -s HILARION IIENRIQUES "NOBODY KNOWS what we do," said Simeon, dressed in long-iohn underwear with a cigaret 'dangling from his mouth. He turned down the volume of his portable radio. His wrinkled hands grasped his walking stick tighter. "We wait for the Red Cross to say." lumber for new kitchen burned, house pau. He wiped his spectacles, wriggled his feet in his sandals: "Still, I like to go back nearby, if can." NAM RIDAD also would like to go back. He and his wife .Hved in Kapoho, paying $4.75 a month to rent the little shack in which they lived. Ridad works on a papaya farm near Kapoho. "We lucky. We got everything out before lava got our, house. Just left one bottle of kerosene. That for Pele, and she got it, too," he grinned as he tugged on his green eye-shade. Then there's Mrs. Kaaihue Elia, a sweet young Hawaiian-Chinese mother of four, ranging from 11 months to 5 years. A Farrington graduate, she and her husband came to Kapoho three years ago. Her husband is a laborer and tractor operator for Lyman. . "IT'S ROUGH living in the gym," she admitted, her ever-present smile showing even white teeth. "Too much noise and confusion for young children at night. But it's a u V v IHLARIO BALSITA (Advertisement) Announcs Way To Help Drain All 8 Sinus Cavities Without Discomfort New decongestant tablet for sinus congestion sufferers acts both to drain clugged sinus cavities and relieve distressing head pain New York, N. Y. (Special) Announcement has been made of a new tablet development which has the remarkable ability to help drain closed sinus cavities and thus relieve congestion and pressure. The headaches, pressure pains, stuff ed-up head, nasal drip, closed breathingall the unrelenting symptoms the sinus sufferer knows so well-are attacked directly by improving drainage of the inns areas, .Most remarkable of all is the fact that this is accomplished with extraordinary speed and without discomfort of any kind. This new tablet does its remarkable work internally, through the blood stream. It deposits into every drop of blood plasma new medication which is car-, ried to the sinus area, where it shrinks the swollen doors to the sinus cavities and helps drain away the pain-causing pressure and congestion. The shrinking substance in this new tablet has been so successful topically is promoting drainage of the sinus cavities that it is now prescribed more widely by doctors than any material for this purpose. This new medication is now available ttt drug counters without the need for a prescription under the name, Dristan Decongestant Tablets. Dristan Tablets cost only 98 for a bottle of 24 tablets. Buy and use Dristan Tablets with the absolute guarantee that they will drain away pain-causing pressure and congestion of the sinus cavities, relieve the pain and distress, or purchase pries will be refunded. For 17-years Hilario Balsita has lived in the Kapoho-Koae district. He cut lauhala for Abrahama Waipa, and he and his wife got a little house and enough pay to raise his two godchildren, now 7 and 6. "Now chickens all gone, MRS. KAAIHUE FXIA place to stay until . . . " Would she like to go back to Honolulu? "I'd love to. But I don't think that we could find a house to rent for the . price we paid in Kapoho. That was $6 a month." Has she seen Kapoho since the evacuation. "Just " once. They took all of us in a county bus to see the eruption and what it's done to the town. "I cried." Temperatures JANUARY 31, me I'NITED STATES, Atlanta 50 Koston 33 Buffalo 38 Chicago 43 Denver 45 Des Moinei 43 Detroit 33 Fort Worth SO HONOLULU 82 Jacksonville 53 Kansas City 52 Las Vegas .......... 1 Los Angeln B4 Memphis 44 Miami Beach ........ 70 Mpls-St. Paul 33 New Orleatu 44 New York 30 , . 51 ., 39 ,. 5 ,. 44 ,. 51 ,. 51 .. 38 .. 37 .. 63 Oklahoma City Omaha Phoenix Pittsburgh Portland, Oie. Reno St. Louis Salt Lake City San Antonio .. San Diego 63 57 61 44 49 BO 50 51 39 17 WmnipeU 16 Sin Francisco Seattle Washington Wichita FOREIGN Buenot Airei London Pari CANADA Edmonton Ottawa 42 24 14 , 27 29 23 27 30 66 49 29 83 48 37 57 16 42 34 33 31 41 25 44 28 28 26 31 48 51 48 35 33 64 45 35 21 8 7 Out of respect to the memory of our beloved Chairman of the Board Mr. James Hill, Jr., who passed away suddenly in Paris, France on January 27, i960, we will remain closed all day Monday, February 1, i960. Winthrop Products, Inc. Division of Sterling Drugs, Inc. 315 Kamakee. Street Lodge anil Wife Visit in Russia MOSCOW (UPI) - Henry Cabot Lodge, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, arrived here yesterday with Mrs. Lodge for a visit, Tass reported. The Soviet News Agency said Lodge was mat at the airport by representatives of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Llewellyn Thompson, American ambassador to the Soviet Union. Judge to Seek Kefauver's Seat JACKSON, Tenn. (UPI) -Circuit Judge Andrew T. (Tip) Taylor announced last night he is a candidate for the seat of Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-Tenn.) in the Democratic primary next August on a "more conservative" platform. Taylor, 48, is a veteran west Tennessee political figure and was runner-up to Gov. Buford Ellington in a close three-man t gubernatorial campaign in 19j8.; - Stop Heart Gas 3 Times Faster Certified laboratory ttsti (ro BELL-ANS tl- . lets nniltaliir 3 times much stomach acidity in one minute many leaning digestint tablets. Set BELL-ANS tonav for the tastnt bnovm relief. 3S at CruggirH Sens' postal to BELL-ANS. Oranjeburg, N. V. for libirai frt sample. 3 mm

Clipped from
  1. The Honolulu Advertiser,
  2. 01 Feb 1960, Mon,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page 4

cyee678 Member Photo
  • 1960: Kapoho people want to build town again

    cyee678 – 17 Jan 2018

Want to comment on this Clipping? Sign up for a free account, or sign in