-: THE BLUE BONNET :-
A weekly publication, published by the . hip'.
company of the U. S. S. HOUSTON, Captain
G. E. Baker, U. S. N., Commandin~ and Commander
P. K. Robottom, U. S. N., Executive
EDITOR, Ensi~ n C. J. Mackenzie
Asst. Editor: R. C. Ball, Ch. Pay Clerk
Associate Editor: A. D. HaJJ, MMlc
Distribution: B. M. Meuhlen, Bu~ ler
1 May, 1937.
NATIVE COWBOYS RIDE 500,000
Palm lined coasts, tropical verdure,
beautiful birds, lava flows and seething
volcanoes- this is the average
conception of the Paradise Isles of the
Pacific. Somehow cattle ranches and
cowboys don't fit into the picture; but
strange as it seems, the island of
Hawaii has one of the largest ranches
of its kind in the world, and cowboys
still ride the l'ange-- the grassy slopes
of Mauna Kea, highest mountain in
This ranch was started in 1793. Until
white men came to Hawaii the natives
had never seen a cow or a horse.
In 1793 an English adventurer named
Vancouver, on a voyage around the
world, brought to Hawaii with him
a few head of longhorn cattle he had
secured in California. These he presented
to Kamehameha I. The Hawaiian
monarch, imbued with the practice
of tabu, released the cattle on the
grassy slopes of Mauna Kea and forbade
his people from killing any of
them. The cattle ran wild, multiplied,
and soon stocked the range.
In 1815 a New Englland sailor, John
Parker, tired of the sea, settled in
Hawaii. Parker found opportunity awaiting
him. He had but to claim the
decendents of Vancouver's cattle and
they were his. e did so forthwit ,
and his descendants have carried on
his original ranch for over one hundred
years. Today it totals almost
500,000 acres and employes about two
hundred and fifty real cowboys, all
In 1899 Alfred Carter became manager
of the Parker Ranch, and introduced
the breeding of purebred herefords,
then being recognized as the
best of all breeds to forage for themselves
on the open range. Today there
are on the Parker Ranch some 32,000
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Your lovin' missive sure knocked
tha props from under my agin' carcass,
and if I live to pound pitch for
tha rest 0' my years tha old blood
pumpin' organ will ne'er leap so high
They got some mighty big homesteads
all a flutter with wavin' sugar
cane out here on these sun kissed islands
0' tha great Pacific. As far as
ya can stretch your peepers great
gusts 0' green calm and starve out
tha misery in a body's soul.
Then, there's fish 0' tha sea they
call Kaaawa, a choice morsel as ever
passed tha smilin' pearls 0' damsels
or tha shriveled dentine hags 0' old
lasses. But they slapped an alias on
that poor creature, because when a
body gets a pronouncin' each letter
slow and distinct, like tha grass- wearin'
natives do, it sounds like a body's
callin' hogs in a thunderstorm without
a set 0' uppers.
Of pineapples; and they dinna grow
on trees, Sal; they's many many 0'
tha fruit. We chawed on a few for
breakfast. Makes me think 0' tha time
brothel' Vern swallowed a peck 0'
green parsimmons from our pet tree
in the upper forty. His mouth was a
lookin' like a pretzel a come to life
from a two- bit drunk, and he drained
most 0' tha well dry from untwistin'
tha runnin' bowline in his stomach.
They says, a ody eats o< Jmany- o'
green pineapples, it'll do tha same, so
I'm bein' as timorous as a body can
be in that respect. But they're mighty
scrumptious and pleasin' to tha palate.
Better use another Pen than that
one Felix gave ya. Bet it already
scratches worsin' a mangy dog in a
cyclone 0' fleas. Ya can tell him he
better take his arm from around
your waist or I'll be on him like a
DESCRIPTION OF THE , ISLANDS
The Hawaiian Islands ( distance tabulated
from Honolulu) are 2,091 miles
from San Francisco; 2,345 miles from
Victoria; 2,228 miles from Los Angeles;
3,394 miles from Yokohama;
4,939 miles from Hongkong; 2,263
miles from Samoa; 3,820 miles from
Auckland, 4,420 miles from Sydney.
The Hawaiian Islands have a land
area of 6,405 square mile-- greater
than the combined areas of Connecticut
and Rhode Island.
The population of the Territory of
Hawaii is 380,211.
Honolulu, principal port and capital
city of the Territory, is located on
Oahu Island. By steamer it is five
days from San Francisco, Los Angeles,
or Vancouver; eight days from
Yokohama; eleven days from Shanghai;
five days from Samoa; eleven
days from Auckland; two weeks from
Kauai ( pronounced " kow- eye") is
the smallest of the four main islands.
It is a hundred miles from Honolulu
- an overnight trip by steamer or an
hour and a half by passenger plane.
Hawaii ( pronounced " hah- vy- ee" or
" hah- wy- ee") is the largest island of
the archipelago. It is two hundred
miles from Honolulu- an overnight
trip by steamer or two and a half
hours by passenger plane.
Maui ( pronounced " mow- ee) is the
second largest island. It is seventy
miles from Honolulu- a six- hour trip
by steamer or an hour by passenger
Molokai, between Maui and Oahu, is
a sparsley populated island devoted to
ranching, pineapple raising and Hawaiian
homesteads. It is connected
with Honolulu by steamer and airplane
service. Lanai is a small island south
of 0 okai devotea en: t1m to pineapple
Highest altitude in the Islands is
Mauna Kea, 13,825 feet high, on
Hawaii Island, Mountain peaks on
other islands reach an altitude of 10,
032 feet on Maui; 5,170 on Kauai; and
4,030 feet on Oahu. ... ,.
Mr. Kalb: " You hammer nails like
Shaw: " You mean I'm fast?"
Mr. Kalb: " No, you never strike twice
in the same place."