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The First Six Kamehameha School for Boys Alumni Chosen By Principal Barnes and Trustee Judd in 1935
Jarvis Island Howland Island Baker Island
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Henry Ahia (leader), KSB '34 James Kamakaiwi (leader), KSB 34 Abraham Piianaia (leader), KSB '33
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Daniel Toomey, KSB '33 Killarney Opiopio, KSB '34

William Kaina, KSB '33

Twelve Kam People Are Inhabitants of Islands on Equator (Ka Mo‘i, September 13, 1935)

"Four students of the Kamehameha School for Boys and eight graduates are living on a few islands which are near the equator belt. The boys are William Toomey William Anahu, Archie Ching, and Samuel K. Kalama. The first three are to be seniors, this year and the latter is a high-eleventh student. The rest of the boys are James Kamakaiwi, Killarney Opiopio, Henry Ahia, Daniel Toomey, Frank Cockett, George West, Abraham Piianaia, and William Kaina, graduates of Kamehameha.

These boys are kept busy, every day making out hourly weather reports and at night weather reports every three hours. They also collect various specimens for the Bishop Museum. They are also colonizing these islands for the United States

These boys are paid three dollars a day. The food and water are supplied including lots of canned poi. Since there is no need to spend any money, what they earn is all net profit.

The islands they live on are 1800 miles from the Hawaiian Islands.

Howland Island and Baker Island are about three miles apart; while Jarvis Island is about a 1000 miles away from them. These islands are mostly barren.

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Frank Cockett, KSB '35

William Anahu, KSB '36

Samuel Kalama, KSB '37

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George West, KSB '35

William Toomey, KSB '36

Solomon Kalama, KSB '34

Each island is colonized with four boys. Henry Ahia (leader), Daniel Toomey, Frank Cockett, and George West are living on Jarvis Island.The boys on Howland Island are James Kamakaiwi (leader), Killarney Opiopio, William Anahu, and William Toomey. The boys staying at Baker Island are Abraham Piianaia (leader), William Kaina, Archie Ching and Samuel Kalama.

Henry Ahia, Daniel Toomey, James Kamakaiwi, Killarney Opiopio, Abraham Piianaia and William Kaina arrived at the islands sometime in the earlier part of April, while the rest of the boys came later in June on the same boat that the first party travelled. Mr. Donald Mitchell, a faculty member at Kamehameha also accompanied these boys but returned to school.

The boys who still have to attend school and others preferring to leave the islands are expected to be back sometime in the latter part of September."




George Kahanu and James Carroll Will Return With Group (Ka Mo‘i, January 31, 1936)

"Alexander Kahapea, Henry Ohumukini, Solomon Kalama, Joseph Kim, HenryMahikoa, Luther Waiwaiole and William Yomes are the boys who were picked to replace Henry Ahia, Dan Toomey, Abraham Piianaia, William Kaina, James Kamakaiwi, Kilarney Opiopio and Folinga Faufata on the three equatorial islands--Jarvis, Howland and Baker--stated a wireless message which was received by Dr. Homer F. Barnes, principal of the school for boys.

It also stated that all were in good health and maintaining a very high morale.

James Carroll and George Kahanu, who were the spares taken along, will return to Honolulu with the rest of the party; but the party first will go to Samoa.

All of the boys who left several weeks ago for the islands and those who are returning were once students of Kamehameha School for Boys. Alexander Kahapea, Henry Ohumukini, James Carroll and George Kahanu are still members of the school for boys and will return later in the spring to school to finish the year.

All of the boys who were picked were picked because of their abilities and the leadership which Kamehameha has taught them."

Where and why are you going? | Who went first? | What is Hui Panalā‘au? | "Pioneering on Jarvis" by George West KSB '35 | 1942, the bitter end

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