Will Rogers visited Hawaii in 1934 on his trip around the world and spoke warmly of its people and the beauty of the islands. He was in Hawaii when President Franklin Roosevelt visited. Will had a hard time spelling Hawaii.
“Back into the real city of Honolulu after a wonderful few days, “too few,” on the big cattle ranches of the islands. These islands look little on the map, but they sure do things big. Nowhere on the mainland (that’s what they call the joint where we live), nowhere is there such signs of doing well as there is here. You don’t have to be warlike to get a real kick out of our greatest army post, Schofield Barracks, and the navy at Pearl Harbor. If war was declared with some Pacific nation we would lose the Philippines before lunch, but if we lost these it would be our own fault.” – Daily Telegrams, August 1, 1934
“Well all I know is just what I read in the papers, or what I see as I prowl around old Hawiahi. (I don’t think that’s the speeling of it, but spelling don’t mean much out here. You just add pleanty of H’s, U’s, and K’s and let her go.) And the funny part is that every one of these names over here are like that. There just ain’t any Oklahoma names. I tell you, you pretty near got to be a Hawian to be able to ask your way home. Well it’s a great country though. Was just sitting up there in the Royal Hawian Hotel listening to a band right down under our window. I doubt if there is a more wonderful setting in the world. Course we were placed on the ocean side where we got a wonderful view. Right there under our nose is the famous Wikiki Beach. Surf boards are coming in there like Fords down a boulevard at home on Sunday. Those guys really ride ’em. It’s the peculiar formation of the coral reefs that reach so far out that makes it possible for it to be so fine to do. And here is the funny part of it. It’s the only place in whole islands where you can do it. So when you see them trying it at home and not getting far, you know why.” – Weekly Articles, 1934