Friday, January 25, 2013
Feeding Hawaii: Roadside Stands in the Early 1900s in Kailua
Kailua Historical Society presents:
Going With the Flow: Roadside Stands
In the last few months Kailua residents who travel on Pali Highway have become more aware of flowing water. With the clearing of vegetation just makai of Kapa’a Quarry Road for construction of ponds for endangered waterfowl, the ready resource that once spawned a thriving agricultural scene nearby is again visible. In the early 1900s issei farmers began managing the water resource and selling their products at roadside stands that sprang up along old Auloa road in Maunawili and between the present Castle Hospital and Ulupō Heiau. As the main conduit to beach homes of Honolulu residents, the highway brought customers to the farmers.
The Kailua Historical Society will present a panel discussion representing both the sellers and the customers who frequented these roadside stands, as well as the water resource management that enabled the farmers to thrive. Community members Lydia Asato Ranger, Norman Kawauchi and Leroy Gilliland will sit on the panel and members of the Nishikawa-Kimura family will share photographic memories of that time. As usual, audience members are encouraged to add their own memories on this topic.
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