Hau‘oli Lā Hānau: Celebrating Local Company Anniversaries—September Edition
Every month, we celebrate the anniversaries of local companies and organizations. This month: A helping hand, a Waikīkī mainstay, a school of firsts and a historic church.
The Maryknoll sisters
Photo: courtesy of maryknoll school
American Red Cross Hawai‘i Chapter
American Red Cross War Fund Drive parade through downtown Honolulu in 1918.
photo: courtesy of american red cross hawai‘i chapter
Since its founding on Sept. 29, 1917, the American Red Cross Hawai‘i Chapter has lent a helping hand at some of the most devastating disasters in American history. When Pearl Harbor was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941, the Hawai‘i chapter became the only American Red Cross chapter in a combat zone. After Hurricane ‘Iniki in 1992, the Hawai‘i chapter raised $4 million for relief efforts. The chapter extended its efforts beyond Hawai‘i as well. During the 9/11 terrorist attacks, nearly 40 volunteers deployed from the Islands to provide assistance and crisis counseling.
Makawao Union Church
The Makawao church was founded in 1861 by missionary Father Jonathan S. Green, making it the first Christian congregation on Maui with services conducted in English. In 1870, Henry Perrine and Emily Alexander Baldwin joined the church. Despite losing his arm in a sugar mill accident, Baldwin played the organ on Sundays for 40 years. After his death in 1911, his family wanted to build a more permanent church building. The current Makawao Union Church building was dedicated on Sept. 2, 1917. Makawao Union Church is now on both the Hawai‘i and National Register of Historic Places.
Founders of Outrigger Hotels Roy and Estelle Kelley, with their children, Richard, Jean and Pat.
photos: courtesy of outrigger hotels
When Roy and Estelle Kelley opened the five-story, 50-room Islander Hotel—the first of the Outrigger Hotel chain—on Sept. 29, 1947, it was the first new hotel built in Waikīkī in 20 years and the first to focus on the middle-income family traveler. In 1967, the Outrigger name was born with the Outrigger Waikīkī Beach Resort. In the early 1960s, the beachfront location was home to Outrigger Canoe Club, where Duke Kahanamoku swam, surfed and canoed. Now, the resort also houses Duke’s Waikīkī, where musician Henry Kapono plays live every Sunday. The hotel was sold to Denver-based KSL Capital Partners LLC in 2016.
Maryknoll School, founded by a young priest and six Maryknoll sisters from New York, is credited with many firsts, from creating the first Catholic Girl Scouts Troop in Hawai‘i to hiring the first female athletic director in a private school in 1922. It opened its doors in a one-story building on Dole Street to elementary students and admitted its first freshman high school class in 1931. For most of its history, it was the only coed Catholic high school in the state. While the high school moved to its current location on Punahou Street in 1948, its elementary school still remains at the original Dole Street location.