This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 Excerpt: ...to establish diversified industries in the group had gained much headway. It is in Hamakua district on this island that the successful experiment in tobacco culture, under the direction of the United States experiment station, has been made and coffee of best quality is being raised there. With an increase in ocean-steamship facilities, conjoined with improved railway and highway communications inland, the island of Hawaii can not but win premiership in diversified industries' such as it has heretofore maintained in sugar production. Hilo, the county shiretown, is the second largest city in the group. It is located on a convenient and magnificent bay, which needs but a small breakwater to make a splendid harbor of it. When it secures this improvement and protection to its commerce its importance as a port will make railway connection with all parts of the island a necessity. Hilo has water and sewer systems provided by the Territorial government, an electric light and power plant, a volunteer fire department, a public library maintained by its citizens, and a high school, besides some excellent private seminaries. For many years all the inhabited parts of the island have been connected with each other and with Hilo by an incorporated telephone system, and for sometime past the island has had wireless telegraphic communication with the other islands and Honolulu. This means also instant communication with all the world thru the Pacific cable office in Honolulu. (The former isolation of the islanders generally has indeed forever past away.) For several years Hilo has had a direct steamer service to and from San Francisco, the steamer between arrival and departure at Hilo making a call at Honolulu for additional freight. Before this is printed a steamer from P...
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