Honolulu Newspaper - December 7, 1941, Front Page

      Below is a transcription of an 8 page Extra of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin that was published on December 7, 1941. The newspaper was in my Dad's effects that was found after his death in the first week of 2000. As in any disaster, rumors and misinformation are mixed in with true facts. Reading these first reports of the Japanese air raid on Hawaii is very interesting given our perspective of time & distance and in view of the terrorist attacks that have taken place in New York, Spain and London.

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Evening Bulletin, Est. 1882, No. 11278       8 PAGES--HONOLULU, TERRITORY OF HAWAII, U. S. A., SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1941--8 PAGES       ** PRICE FIVE CENTS
Hawaiian Star, Vol. XLVII, No. 15359

               OAHU, LATEST REPORT
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Japanese Raids On Guam, Panama Are Reported
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Oahu Blackout Tonight, Fleet Here Moves Out To Sea

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Four Waves, Start
At 7:55, Oahu Hit
In Many Places
By The Associated Press
TOKYO, Dec. 7--Imperial headquarters announced at
6 o;clock tonight that Japan had entered a state of war
with the United States and Great Britain in the western
Pacific from dawn today.
Honolulu and Oahu came through a baptism
of fire today with calm and determination as
wave after wave of Japanese bombers rained
missles all over the island.
At 3 this afternoon army, navy, the police and
various civilian agencies were on a war footing,
and faced possible further attacks with un-
daunted vigor and courage.
At 3 p. m. the police reported that, based on
Information from the city emergency hospital
and the morgue there are 25 known dead and
56 known injured in the bombing raids.
In Washington President Roosevelt an-
nounced that the raids were by Japanese bomb-
A United Press dispatch at 3 this afternoon
said that estimates given out at Washington
are that 400 are dead and 300 injured of the
army forces on Oahu alone.
Japanese raiding planes struck hardest at
the army and navy bases, but the city of Hono-
lulu itself suffered severe damage.
Deaths on Oahu are reported at more than
400, counting army and civilian fatalities.
Navy casualties have not been announced.
Estimate of the army deaths was given out in
a White House statement at Washington to-
Unconfirmed reports this afternoon based
on fragmentary broadcast reports heard on
mainland stations, were that both Guam and
Panama had been attacked by the Japanese.
Press association dispatches mentioned pos-
sible attacks on Manila but there was no con-
firmation of this.

Washington, Dec. 7. (U.P.)-The White
House tonight issued a preliminary estimate
that 400 were dead and more than 300
Wounded in the army forces alone on Oahu.
Civilian casualties were not mentioned.

NEW YORK, Dec. 7. (U.P.)-NBC tonight
heard the Panama radio broadcast that a
Japanese aircraft carrier was sunk off Hono-

SHANGHAI, Monday, Dec. 8. (U.P.)-The
Osaka Mainichi reported from Tokyo today
that Japanese imperial headquarters an-
nounced a naval battle between the Japanese
and the British and American fleets is going
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Governor Proclaims
National Emergency
      Governor Poindexter said he would make a full report to President
Roosevelt of the boombing attacks on Honolulu by radiophone imme-
diately after his radio message to the people of Honolulu.
      The governor said at 11:30 that there had been no evidence of
sabotage by local Japanese resident
      Governor Poindexter this morning issued the following
Proclamation declaring a defense period to exist throughout
the territory: thereby putting into effect the provisions of
the M-Day act of the special session of the legislature:
      :Under and by virtue of the powers vested in me by Act
24 of the special session laws of Hawaii, 1941, and partic-
ularly Section 5 thereof, and under virtue of all powers
in me vested by law, I, J. M. Poindexter, governor of the
territory of Hawaii, hereby find that a state(?) of affairs ex-
ist arising out of an attack upon the territory of Hawaii
and that all of the circumstances make it advised to pro-
tect the territory and its inhabitants as provided in and by
Said Act 24 of the special session laws of Hawaii, 1941, and
all other laws relating thereto; and by reason of the forego-
      “I do declare and proclaim a defense period to exist
throughout the territory of Hawaii.
      “This proclamation shall take effect upon promulgation
thereof by official announcement by me by means of radio
broadcast which I do further declare to have taken place at
10 o’clock a. m. on the date hereof, done at Honolulu, terri-
tory of Hawaii this 7th day of December 1941.
      “Governor of the territory of Hawaii, Joseph B. Poin-
      This hereby puts the M-Day bill into full effect.

Known Oahu Casualties

      With eight persons dead upon ar-
rival at the emergency hospital and
at least 20 reported dead at Hickham
field, the death toll from air attacks
on Oahu this morning continued to
mount after noon.
      Two identified bodies, mangled by
shrapnel, taken to the emergency
hospital about 11 a. m. brought the
total number dead there to eight.
      Dead at the emergency hospital

      Portuguese girl, 10 years old, un-
identified, puncture wound left
      Caucasin male, 35, unidentified,
HAD initials on shirt.
      Frank Ohashi, 29, puncture wound
in chest, 2705 Kamanaiki St.
      Migita Taro, 26, Schofield.
      Japanese girl, unidentified, age
about 9, fur on coat only iden-
      Mrs White, 44 Dorsett Tract,
puncture wound in chest.
      Toshio Tokusaki, 5, Peleula lane.
      Unidentified, 30 to 40.
      Patrick J. Chong, 30, 1457 Fort St.
      A report to the police early this
afternoon was that two members of
the provisional police were shot and
killed by machine gun fire from low
flying planes at Wailupe this morn-

      Joseph Akana, Chinese-Hawaiian,
27, Papakolea.
      George Stanley, 4, 1920 Colburn
      Mrs. Ida Gouvela, 41, 2708 Kalihi-
      Kaneshiro Uto, 145-A Fort St.
      Thomas Fujimuro, 13, 610-I Rd.
Damon tract.
      Elton Capps, 19, signal service
corps, Ft. Shafter.
      Ruth Sakamoto, 37, 44-C N. School
      Alfred Moniz, 20, 298th infantry,
company D.
      Irene Bradley, 15, Moanalua gar-
      Cecelia Bradley, 38, Moanalua far-
      Harriet Ide, 20, 1332 Nuuanu Ave.
      Rudolph Bartels, U. S. district en-
     H. Dallas, 18, headquarters 18th
wing, Wheeler field.
      Eunice Wilson, 22, 1457 Fort St.
      George Correa, company No. 1,
fire department was brought in in-
jured from Hickam field and rush-
ed to emergency hospital.
      Albert Fong, 45, 627-E Waipa lane
      Yoshio Ogura, 23, 1453 Fort St.
      Sidney Carlson, 37, 2210 Kuhio
      Glen Hinkle, 21, Ft. Shafter.
      Hurt in Second Raid
      Persons injured in the second
raid taken to the emergency hos-
pital, were:
      Uso Konda, 50, 1630 Leilehua lane.
      Mildred Irvine, 1113 Duval St.
      Charles Harkins, no addressd.
      John Kim, 989 Akepo Moana.
      Edward Lilikoa, 1262 Ala Moana.
      Ceasar Costa, 35, 1821 Colburn St.
      Tony Oshiro, 20, 944 McCully St.
      Alfred La Forge, 36, 607 Mokauea
      Unidentified female, no age, no
address, both legs amputated.
      Yoshiko Konda, no age, no address
      R. Izumi, 19, Pelehula lane.
      Abel Gleason, 32, Leilehua lane.
      Toshio Tokusato, Pelehula lane.
      K. Yoshiki, no address.
      James Konda, Kukui St.
      Matthews Kitchen, 38, 2813 Ka-
miki St., discharged.
      Eishien Tamanaha, 24, 50 Peleula
      Janice Koga, 20, Kukui St.
      Teruya Kenichi, 18, 19 Peleula
      Eddie Sakar, 38, 149 N. Vineyard
      Warren Tong, 18, 911-B Luka St.
      Hisao Uyene, 20, 15 Palua St.
      Yoshiro Toshisaka, no age, 10 Pe-
leula lane.
      Mida Escoler, 42, 970 Kawaiaho
      Unidentified, 25, no address, fe-
      Abraham Kulia, 5, 1920 Colburn
Ellen Kondo, 11, 1630 Leilehua.
An unidentified 10 years old Japa-
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Ships, Planes
Are Held Up


      All Inter-Island sailings to and
from Honolulu were ordered can-
celled by President Stanley C. Ken-
      Hawaiian Airlines planes remain
grounded until further notice fol-
lowing the straffing of John Rodgers

Two Japanese
Fliers Captured

      United States army intelligence
officers said this afternoon that two
Japanese aviators were captured
and were awaiting questioning by
army officials.
      One of the fliers was reportedly
captured in the vicinity of Ft. Ka-
mehameha and the other at Kahuku.

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(Above was a photo in the newspaper that could not be copied)

      BOMB DAMAGE: The Interior of the Paul Goo home at
Liliha and Kuakini Str., hit by a bomb.


      WASHINGTON, Dec. 7,--The White House
announced tonight it feared there was heavy
loss of life in Hawaii.

NEW YORK, Dec. 7.--The National Broad-
Casting Co. tonight reported 350 men killed in
A direct hit on Hickam field, the army’s giant
air field on Oahu.

NEW YORK, Dec. 7.--NBC reported from Ho-
nolulu tonight that the battleship Oklahoma
was set afire during the Pearl Harbor attack.

Military Censorship
On All Messages


      Hawaii was under strict emergency rule this afternoon,
with close military censorship applied to all outgoing mes-
      Governor Poindexter had talked with President Roosevelt by radio telephone and had acquainted him with all details of the attack on Oahu by waves of Japanese planes.
      At least four attacks were made on Oahu.
      The first was at 7:55 a. m.; the second at 11:29; the third
at 11:59 and the fourth at 12:41.
      The governor received instructions from the president but declined to reveal what they were.
      Meanwhile the death and injury toll increased with inci-
dents being reported from widely scattered areas of the
      While no information was forthcoming from army or
navy sources it is known that many service men were killed
during the attack on Pearl Harbor early this morning.
      An entire family of eight or nine persons was reported
killed by a bomb at Nunanu and Kuakini Sts.

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(Above was a photo in the newspaper that could not be copied)

      WASHING PLACE BOMB: The crater left by a bomb,
which fell in the grounds of Washington Place, the residence
of Governor Poindexter, during the first raid today. It made
a hole about 5 feet across and of the same depth.

Blackout For
Oahu Ordered

      A complete blackout on Oahu has been ordered for tonight, T. G. S. Walker, coordinator of the Mayor’s disaster Committee, announced at 12:30 this afternoon. The order was requested by the army, he said. He added that all civilians, except those with special per-
mit cards, must stay off the streets
at all times.
    At 1:50 p. m., Edouard R. L. Doty,
territorial director of civilian de-
fense, ordered a complete blackout
every night until further notice.
The captain of the port an-
nounced that all aids to naviga-
tion such as light, buoys, light-
houses, have been extinguished.
      It also was announced that no
Vessel will be permitted to move
in the harbor or leave the harbor
without special permission from
the captain of the port.
      Another order said that all li-
censes of alien owned small crafts
have been revoked.
      This means that all alien owned
small craft are subject to seizure.
      R. L. Doty, civilian defense di-
rector, said the civilian population
is advised to keep radios on 24
hours a day and all orders would be
read over the radio.
      He also announced that all mov-
ing picture theaters have been or-
dered closed until further notice.
      All householders are instructed
to fill bath tubs and other recep-
tacles with water in the event that
The water works are damaged and
unable to function.


      Honolulu and Hawaii will meet the emergency of was
today as Honolulu and Hawaii have met emergencies in the
past--coolly, calmly and with immediately and complete sup-
port of the officials, officers and troops who are in charge.
      Governor Poindexter and the army and navy leaders have
called upon the public tlo remain calm; for civilians who have
no essential business on the streets to stay off; and for every
man and woman to do his duty.
      That request, coupled with the measures promptly taken
to meet the situation that has suddenly and terribly devel-
oped, will be needed.
      Hawaii will do its part--as a loyal American territory.
      In this crisis, every difference of race, creed and color will
be submerged in the one desire and determination to play
the part that Americans always play in crisis.