Hawaii: Today in History 1/11 (pineapples, playmate & more)

1-11-1813 1st pineapples planted in Hawaii (or 1/21) The date pineapple (Ananas comosus var. comosus) was introduced to Hawaii is not known, but its presence was first recorded in 1813. When American missionaries first arrived in Hawaii in 1820, pineapple was found growing wild and in gardens and small plots. The pineapple canning industry began in Baltimore in the mid-1860s and used fruit imported from the Caribbean. The export-based Hawaii pineapple industry was developed by an entrepreneurial group of California migrants who arrived in Hawaii in 1898 and the well-connected James D. Dole who arrived in 1899.

1-11-1892 Hawaiian Historical Society founded

Late in December of 1891, a group of men, aware of living in historic times, met to organize a historical society. This they did after the new year and welcomed 21 or 22 new members. While principally haole in membership, as numbers grew, the Society attracted a broader group, including such notables as the Rev. Jiro Okubo, a Japanese Christian, and F. J. Testa, Hawaiian activist and newspaper man–and Queen Lili‘uokalani! Charles Reed Bishop served as its first president–financier, banker, and husband to Princess Bernice Pauahi, the founder of the Kamehameha Schools. By the end of January 1892, there were 106 new members. By 1897 there were 316 members, plus corresponding members from Japan, Samoa, New Zealand and elsewhere. The Society met at the Honolulu Library and Reading Room for quarterly programs and papers presented on wide-ranging subjects. The Society moved to its present location, at 560 Kawaiaha‘o St., across from Kawaiaha‘o Church in 1950. The Hawaiian Historical Society’s mission remains the same today–to study, collect, and preserve the history of Hawai‘i, Polynesia, and the Pacific area. Outstanding collections include original manuscripts, books, maps, and prints. The library holds early Hawaiian newspapers, accounts of Pacific voyages, and many other subjects. The reading room and library are open to the public five days a week. Quarterly public programs are on such topics as Kaho‘olawe, the railroads of Hawai‘i, and the history of Honolulu Harbor. The Society has achieved a record of outstanding publications, including the annual Hawaiian Journal of History.

1-11-1958 Lourdes Ann Kananimanu Estores, playmate (Jun, 1982), born in Honolulu, Hawaii  Lourdes Ann Kananimanu Estores (born January 11, 1958 in Honolulu, Hawaii)[10] is an American model and actress of Hawaiian, Filipino, Spanish and Tahitian descent. She was Playboy magazine’s Playmate of the Month for its June 1982 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Ken Marcus. Estores first appeared in Playboy in the August 1980 “Girls of Hawaii” pictorial. She went on to become a flight attendant with Delta Air Lines. Lourdes Estores

1-11-1980 Lovieanne Jung, US softball player, born in Honolulu, Hawaii  Lovieanne Jung (born January 11, 1980) is a retired American softball player. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jung moved with her family to California at a young age. Beginning her collegiate career at Fresno State University, Jung later transferred to the University of Arizona. She was a standout player in college, appearing in two Women’s College World Series.[1] She won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics and a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics before retiring from softball.[2] Lovieanne Jung is currently working as a Firefighter/Paramedic for The City of Riverside Fire Department. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERvfNSFUxlU

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