Palama Settlement
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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Posted on July 8th, 2020 by paularath

“Beecham House,” currently playing on PBS Masterpiece Theatre on Sunday nights, has captivated me. Not because of Tom Bateman, who plays John Beecham (although he is quite divine to look at) and not because of the costumes (which are also eye candy) or even the sumptuous palaces and textiles that light up the screen –
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Posted on April 16th, 2020 by paularath

Palama Settlement has been providing social services to our neighbors for 124 years. The Settlement is often called upon to perform extraordinary duties in extraordinary times. In 1918, our Pa Ola Camp was turned into a hospital for Spanish Flu patients. During WWII, our campus was transformed into a field hospital by the Army. Today
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