Museum given manuscript of early Hilo businessman
great-great grandson of Hilo High Chiefess Kino'ole
and businessman Benjamin Pitman
, arrived from Massachusetts with his wife, Susan,
this week to give Bishop Museum a handwritten manuscript by Benjamin Pitman. Entitled "Reminiscences of My Early Life and Sojourn in Hawaii from 1836 to 1861," the nine-page manuscript records personal observations of Hawaii, its people and King Kamehameha III
. He wrote: "This young king was one of Nature's Noblemen -- possessed of a good heart and finer feelings. It was my privilege to make his acquaintance, and a friendship grew out of this which continued during the rest of his life, some twenty-five years." Educator Noelle Kahanu
says the manuscript is significant because, "much of what we have during this time frame is seen through missionary eyes." Coming from a merchant married to a high chiefess, Pitman's observations are "much less constrained" than that of missionaries. DeSoto Brown
and Betty Lou Kam
accepted the manuscript for the museum ...
brazilian Rodrigo Santoro, one of the hot guys on "Lost," has an eight-page spread in this month's GQ, modeling casual attire in "towns, beaches and hills of Hawaii," the men's mag says ... Wynonna Judd is booked March 30-31 at the Concert Hall with the Symphony Pops ...
DIG THE BEAT ON JAZZ WEDNESDAYS AT KAWAIAHAO
'Tis the season for "Lent and All That Jazz on the Green" on the Kawaiahao Church yard every Wednesday at noon through April 4. Betty Loo Taylo
r and drummer Sonny Froman
cut loose with a bunch of cats every Wednesday. This Wednesday, they have Noel Okimoto
on vibes, Rocky Holmes
on sax and flute, and Dean Taba
on bass. On March 28, Kanoe "Tootsie" Cazimero's
vocal pipes will get a workout with guitarist Shoji Ledward
and Taba. To wind things up on April 4, Taylor and Froman will let it all hang out with Gabe Baltazar
on sax, bassist Steve Jones
and swingin' singer Jimmy Borges
. Bring a lunch and give a listen ... My coworkers surprised me with an office luncheon Tuesday to mark my 40th anniversary with the Star-Bulletin. Besides the office staff, some of the Bulletin retirees came and made my day even better. It was much appreciated ...
, who sold the Star-Bulletin in the streets of downtown Honolulu during World War II, writes of people, places and things in our Hawaii. E-mail him at email@example.com