Re: [aloha-donblanding] Ebay, Ebay, Ebay - Hilo
- In a message dated 1/25/01 4:00:41 PM Eastern Standard Time,
<< Don Blanding signed postcard, Hilo, Hawaii - 546868857 >>
I enjoyed hearing that DB spent a bit of time in my hometown. Too bad the
address on the postcard was to a P O Box. It would have been most interesting
(to me anyway I guess. . . ) to know where in Hilo he spent time exactly.
I know from HULA MOONS that he spent time at the volcano, so probably this
time in the late 30s on this postcard was not his first visit to Hilo.
BTW, the Hilo Public Library has a decent Blanding book collection. It is
where I first read his books and fell in love with his poetry and prose.
Hmmm... could any work have been done for the Hilo paper while there? The
Hilo Tribune-Herald has been publishing since before Blanding's trips....
Anyway, nice to hear that DB spent at least one summer in and around Hilo.
Now I can fantasize that he spent time in the very library I discovered his
books at. . .
On July 25, 1937 the Hilo Tribune Herald ran a full-page cover
article on Blanding, and the soon to be published book 'Rest of the
Road.' He was visiting the Big Island at that time.
Also, beginning on June 7th, 1939 he was staying in Hilo with his
friends Scotty Creager and Ted Narramore. They were renting a roomy
white-washed shack for $17 a month on Onekahakaha Beach called Hale
Mahapi (the Bye-and-Bye House). Apparently it had a huge lanai, many
windows, and showers under the house.
Blanding returned to the mainland on Sept. 15th. Incidentally,
Onekahakaha means "writings on the sand by rock-crabs at night."
So Larry, do you have time to poke around the archives of the Hilo
Tribune Herald for these dates?
- In a message dated 1/25/01 9:31:33 PM Eastern Standard Time,
<< So Larry, do you have time to poke around the archives of the Hilo
Tribune Herald for these dates? >>
Sorry Keith. I would love to, but Atlanta is my current home. I am very
familiar with Onekahakaha beach area and do remember a lot of the older
houses down there. perhaps if I ever plan a trip "home" I can schedule in
some library research too!
There is a great tidal pool at Onekahakaha Beach that traps in all sorts of
sea creatures. It's a wonderful spot to safely snorkel in and see all types
of aquatic life in relatively shallow water. I saw my first pair of Moorish
Idol fish dancing and twirling underwater there and also recall coming home
that night ( I was in my early 20s) and writing a Blanding-esque tribute to
the tidal pool. Spooky that Blanding may have actually also swam in that same
Great information Keith! Thanks for bringing this summer of Blanding's to
clear life for me!