Monday, January 25, 2016

William Hardy Hill

William Hardy Hill “Doc Hill (William Hardy Hill) was kind of the maverick businessman in Hilo … (he,) eventually, became probably the most influential businessman on this island.” ‘Doc’ acquired his moniker for selling eyeglasses (License No 1,) after he came to the Big Island in 1913; he opened the Hill Optical. Doc added his jewelry business in 1919, and both his optical and jewelry businesses were among the largest in the Territory. It's well known that Senator WH ‘Doc’ Hill of Hilo is a capitalist. He was a Hawai‘i Senator and a businessman. ‘Doc’ Hill died in 1970.

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