The Native Hawaiians who brought civilization to the Bonin Islands did so through the transplantation of Hawaiian customs, language, and technology. Port Lloyd, the archipelago’s principal anchorage, became a well-known stop for nineteenth-century whalers in need of solid ground and fresh supplies.
Scott Kramer and Hanae Kurihara Kramer will look at the early history of the settlement in a lecture titled “The Bonin Islands Colony: Hawaiian Settlers in the Western Pacific, 1830,” based on their research in Japanese and Western sources. Of particular interest are the repatriation interviews of Japanese sailors who became castaways for several months on the Bonin Islands in 1840.
Scott Kramer received his master’s degree in history from the University of Hawai‘i and is currently writing a book on the Bonin Islands. Hanae Kurihara Kramer is an assistant professor at the School of Communications, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where she teaches intercultural and global communication. Their article, “The Other Islands of Aloha,” appears in the 2013 issue (volume 47) of The Hawaiian Journal History. Copies of the journal will be available for purchase at the meeting.
The Kramers’ lecture will follow the Society’s business meeting and election of a new president and trustees. The business meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. with the lecture to follow at 7:30 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public and will be held at the Kana‘ina Building (Old Archives Building) on the grounds of ‘Iolani Palace. Free parking is available on the palace grounds. For further information, telephone the Hawaiian Historical Society at (808) 537-6271.