Palama Settlement
Posted on March 21st, 2022 by paularath

Jerry and I have just returned from a sojourn to Norway, where I have deep family roots. My great grandparents on my father’s maternal side emigrated from Norway to Concord, Massachusetts in 1872. My grandmother Nana, Ragna Helsher Rath, was the Helsher family’s historian. She left us a great deal of information regarding our Norwegian
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Posted on May 28th, 2021 by paularath

Remember when I used to give mall talks at Ala Moana Moana Center and Kahala Mall about how to pack for a long trip? Following the talks, I would write a story on the subject, incorporating ideas from my audiences. Well, this is not one of those. This is from a story I found in
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Posted on August 19th, 2020 by paularath

Palama Settlement’s oral histories will be featured on KHPR, Hawaii Public Radio’s “The Conversation” tomorrow at 11 a.m. I will be talking to host Catherine Cruz regarding a program called “Weaving Voices” being sponsored by the UHM Center for Oral History and the Hawaii Council for the Humanities. The stated purpose of the program is to weave “voices
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Posted on July 16th, 2020 by paularath

I often wonder what it was like for my grandparents, Ragna Helsher and James Arthur Rath, when they arrived in Honolulu in 1905. So I did a little homework, and here are some random observations regarding that time: The city of Honolulu wasn’t incorporated until July 1, 1905. King Street was a muddy, unpaved road
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Posted on July 10th, 2020 by paularath

To follow up on my last blog, how did my paternal grandfather, James Arthur Rath of Madras, India, end up in Honolulu, Hawaii? Well, after completing his education in Madras, he followed in his father’s footsteps, serving in the British Army from 1888 to 1900. At first he served in the Revenue Police of India
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