‘Kakela me Kuke’
In 1837 Samuel Northrup Castle and Amos Starr Cooke landed in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaiʻi,) as part of the 8th Company of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Castle was assigned to the ‘depository’ (a combination store, warehouse and bank) to help the missionaries pool and purchase their; Cooke was a teacher.
Castle and Cooke, good friends, decided they would become business partners. On June 2, 1851, Castle and Cooke signed their names to partnership papers. A sign reading ‘Kakela me Kuke’ (‘Castle & Cooke’) was installed at the entrance to the Honolulu depository. For a time in the 1960s, Castle & Cooke were the biggest of the Big Five.