Big Island history
First on the list of a territorial committee of American citizens of Japanese ancestry which originally endorsed the War Department plan to accept 1,500 volunteers of Japanese ancestry is Deputy County Attorney Tom Okino, it was learned Saturday.
Okino enlisted with Local Board No. 2 the same day the plan was announced Thursday by Lt. Gen. Delos C. Emmons, military governor, in Honolulu.
A 128-room addition to the new Kona Hilton Hotel will be started in April and ready for occupancy by fall.
This was announced Tuesday in Hilo coincidental with the arrival here of hotel magnate Conrad N. Hilton of the Hilton Hotel chain. Hilton was en route to Kona where he will participate in the lei untying of the 190room Big Island member of the Hilton Hotel chain, the Kona Hilton.
Hilton was accompanied here by his granddaughter, Holly Hilton, daughter of Barron Hilton, who is president of the world-famous group of hostelries. …
Barron Hilton, meanwhile, was leading another party which was to land in Honolulu on Tuesday and come over to Kona from there.
Due to arrive in Hilo today, according to Edwin K. Hastings, senior vice president of the Hilton Hotels Corp., is a group of mainland travel writers.
Back in the days when … milk came in bottles, school kids throughout Hawaii played a game called milk covers to while away those interminable recesses.
They’d jan ken po (rock, scissors, paper) to see who went first. They’d bet a pile of milk covers (those colorful cardboard wafers dairies placed atop milk bottles) on the outcome. And they’d stack the wagered covers on the ground and throw a kini (two or more milk covers taped together) at the pile. The covers that flipped over belonged to the skilled kini plunker. …
But today, … when milk is packaged in plastic or cardboard cartons, the milk cover game — known to contemporary practitioners as pog — has risen to the top again. Especially on Oahu where the primary printer of modern-day milk covers reportedly delivered 17 million assorted pogs last month alone.
“This craze is unbelievable,” said Vance Cannon, arguably the biggest collector of historic milk covers in the world . ...
Cannon’s swapped, purchased and found more than 700 milk cover originals — some extremely rare.