Big Is­land his­tory

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - MIXED PLATE - This Day in His­tory is com­piled by Bran­don Halea­mau for the Tri­buneHer­ald us­ing news­pa­per archives. When­ever pos­si­ble, the news ac­counts pro­vided in this col­umn were taken ver­ba­tim from the news­pa­per.

1943

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.

1968

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.

1993

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.

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