The lumber mill was situated about one hundred twenty-five feet east
of the present Akebono Theater. It was commonly called “Pahoa
tie  millu”  by  the  Japanese  immigrants.  The  Japanese
a  vowel  to  words  ending  with  a  consonant  (except  N), therefore
mill was pronounced “millu.” The lumber company was originally
started as the Hawaiian Mahogany Lumber Company, also
referred to as Pahoa Lumber Company and later, the Hawaii Hardwood
Company,  James B.  Castle of  Honolulu  was  behind this company
and Lorrin Thurston seems to have been financially
during  the  early  years.


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By Hiroo Sato

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