The Governor's Gill, eh!
"WILLIAM HYDE RICE, â€œThe Grand Old Man of Kauai.â€ â€œOne of the best loved
citizens of Hawaii,â€ they said at the death on June 15, 1924, of William Hyde
Rice, distinguished political leader and former governor of Kauai.
Beloved by the native Hawaiians, for whose educational, political and
spiritual uplift he had worked for decades, and by people of all other races,
Mr. Rice was known throughout the territory as a friend of the people.
Mr. Rice served Hawaii and loved Hawaii. He was one of the best Hawaiian
scholars of the present generation, speaking and reading the language
fluently, and was an acknowledged authority on Hawaiian legends and
traditions. For more than 50 years he had collected native legends, and in his
later life undertook the task of translating them from his manuscripts in the
original Hawaiian. In 1923 the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum published his
book, â€œHawaiian Legends,â€ widely known by students of Hawaiian lore." From.
"Kipu Ranch - William Hyde Rice monument" From.