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American Polynesia. Coral Islands of the Central Pacific

By Bryan, Edwin H., Jr.

Honolulu, Hawaii: Tongg Publishing Company, 1941. Softcover. First edition (it appears the book was published simultaneously in paperback and hardcover of which this is the only copy of the paperback available as of now); 6 x 8 1/2; pp. 208; speckled gray wraps; a small bump to tail of spine; minor creases to lower corners; backstrip with a bit of age-toning; faint penciled-in signature to first blank page; illustrated with numerous maps and photographs; pages clean; overall very good or better. First appearing as "forty-five weekly installments in the Honolulu Advertiser, September 11, 1939 to July 15, 1940," the chapters of the book comprise a remarkable reference source on American Polynesia including, interestingly enough, several islands which are decidedly not American.


Service for Day of Victory. Arranged by Archdeacon James Walker for the Use of the Episcopal and Congregational Churches of Kohala, Hawaii, T. H.

Kohala, Hawaii, 1942. Softcover. Typed script, n.d. ca 1942); 6 1/2" x 8 1/2"; pp. [8]; stapled leaves; minor creasing and a few nicks to fore-edge of pages; in about near fine condition. Though undated, the script for the order of service was most probably created in the early years of the Second World War, as several of the hymns and prayers specifically addressed prisoners of war, wounded soldiers, and those mourning lost loved ones. Archdeacon James Walker arrived in Hawaii in 1919 from England and was a constant presence in the lives of Episcopalians in North and South Kohala until his retirement in 1948 and was in charge of the Kohala Missions for most of those years.


Ass on the Line [Limited/Signed Edition]

By Wenner, Sim

Kona, HI: Published by the Author; [Produced by] The Golden Egghouse, 1977. Softcover. Revised edition, limited to 1000 copies (this # 28); 5" x 7 1/4"; pp. 55 (recto only); textured white wraps tied with decorative black thread; small bumps to lower front and upper back corner of wraps; very small faint spot to lower margin of front wrap; pages clean; near fine. Sim Wenner, currently 90-year-old, was born in New York in the early 1900s. He came to Hawaii on vacation in the pre-statehood days and decided to stay - first in Honolulu and then eventually in Kona near White Sands Beach, now Laaloa Beach Park. Throughout his life he wrote several books - some of them poetry compilations and others, including the current one, of inspirational sayings and poetical musings.


A Small Archive of Printed Silk Prize Ribbons from the 1940 Annual Kohala Fair

By Anonymous

Kohala, Hawaii: April 27 and 28, 1940. Softcover. Printed silk; approx. 2" x 6"; two "First Prize" blue ribbons lettered in gilt, five "Second Prize" red ribbons lettered in black, twenty-five "Honorable Mention" yellow ribbons lettered in red; a few with light fraying to tips and creases; all bright and clean; in about near fine condition. An interesting group of ephemeral survivors from what appears to has been a pre-WWII annual event in Kohala. Though research has not revealed much information, the ribbons were most probably awarded for displays of agricultural and industrial products as well as local art.