Friday, March 27, 2015
Henry (Harry) and Eliza Macfarlane settled in Hawaii at Waikiki in 1846, coming from Scotland by way of Australia. One lasting legacy at their Kaluaokau home is the banyan tree Henry and Eliza planted – we now more commonly refer to the former home site as the International Market Place. Among other things, the Macfarlanes owned and operated hotels (in Honolulu and Waikiki.)
George Macfarlane was Chamberlain (attending to the personal needs of the King) and Private Secretary to King Kalākaua (and served as the medium of communication between the King and his Ministers.) Son Clarence was a competitive sailor; he invited West Coast sailors to race to the Hawaiian Islands from San Francisco (the starting point was moved to Los Angeles, due to the 1909 San Francisco earthquake – we now call it the Transpacific Yacht Race (TransPac.)
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