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Postcard returns to Kauai 106 years after it was sent

By Associated Press


LIHUE, Kauai » A postcard sent 106 years ago from Kauai has made it back to the island.

The Garden Island reports Florida author and historian Ginger Pedersen spotted the card Aug. 10 at a postcard show. She saw it had been sent by Francis Gay, co-founder of the Gay & Robinson sugar cane plantation and cattle ranch, and decided it should be sent to the Kaua‘i Museum, where she's a member.

"Some postcards take longer than others to find their way," Pedersen said. "I am mailing this back to the Kaua‘i Museum to complete its round trip of 106 years."

Gay was born in New Zealand in 1852. He moved to Hawaii in 1864. He and a cousin, Aubrey Robinson, formed a partnership as Gay and Robinson at Makaweli in 1889 for cattle ranching and sugar cane cultivation.

His postcard was mailed to a congressman from Kansas, U.S. Rep. Philip P. Campbell, in Washington, D.C.

It shows a sailboat heading toward "Cocoanut Island" in Kaneohe Bay, now occupied by the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology.

Gay's message was, "With aloha nui from us all and wishing you a very pleasant trip."

Gay was a legislator in the Territory of Hawaii and may have greeted members of Congress visiting Hawaii.

"That's his signature," Kaua‘i Museum curator Chris Faye said after receiving the card. "I've seen enough documents signed by him, and I recognize the signature."

Gay dated the card Aug. 6, 1907. Campbell likely visited the island, Faye said.

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
So this gives much more credence to "what goes around comes around".
on August 25,2013 | 08:15AM
cojef wrote:
An old, old name Gay & Robinson, which I remember growing up on Kauai in the late 20's through the early 40"s. Makawelei is where the sugar mill was located. It was noted for its really red dirt, even the white-washed plantation camp homes were tainted red by the dust of the unpaved roads.
on August 25,2013 | 08:38AM
cojef wrote:
Correction: s/b Makaweli
on August 25,2013 | 03:28PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Should we be laughing or be disgusted at the PO?
on August 25,2013 | 05:31PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
IRT mike,Before you enjoy laughing in disgust, check out the postmark and read the article where she found the card.. Always ready for putdowns, aren't you? Look to enjoy. Try that.
on August 25,2013 | 09:42PM
Forever_Grateful wrote:
That is so cool - wonder how much the postage was back then. In 60's my grandfather mail me postcards and it was 2 or 3 cents.
on August 25,2013 | 06:47PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
IRT Forever, they were known as "penny postcards" 'way back when.
on August 26,2013 | 06:39PM
puinsainau wrote:
A "Ginger" finds a postcard of Coconut Island (aka) GILLIGAN"S ISLAND ? What a coincidence.
on August 27,2013 | 07:44PM
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