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The suspects in the murder of Joseph Kahahwai Jr., aboard the U.S.S. Alton where they
were confined during their murder trial: L to R, Edward Lord, Albert “Deacon” Jones, Grace Fortescue (Thalia Massie’s mother), Thalia Massie and her husband, Lt. Tommie Massie. / SFgate.com

Thalia Lied and Joe Died

In 1931, having taken up residence in Hawaii was a 20-year-old  nasty spoiled socialite named Thalia Massie. Thalia considered herself superior to even her equally aristocratic friends… and was a trendy socialite on the islands

She was married to 22- year-old Kentucky-bred Tommie Massie, a recent Naval Academy graduate, she had recently moved with him to his new assignment in Pearl Harbour. Her rocky marriage, fuelled by drunkenness and pettiness, suffered. That she often openly flirted further angered her volatile husband. But it was an innocent bystander who ultimately paid the price.

A decade before Pearl Harbour, the Massie affair shook the Hawaiian Island like no other catastrophe. The reverberations were felt all the way to Washington. That lies and racism played a key role was of no moment. And at the centre of the hailstorm sat Thalia Massie, the malevolent 20-year-old, malicious housewife from a wealthy and connected family.

Americans had been on the Big Island for a long while and the Reciprocity Treaty of 1875 ceded Pearl Harbour and its shore for about five miles back to the United States. Construction of the base brought thousands of military men, both enlisted and commissioned officers, to the Island.

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The Sarah Joe after she was found and pulled from the sand.

The Sarah Joe after she was found and pulled from the sand.

The Mystery of Sarah Joe

The ocean is a prime spot for mystery-it’s vast, violent, and unknowable. One of the most curious tales comes in the form of the Sarah Joe.

The 17-foot Boston Whaler went out from a busy port, was crewed by a number of responsible people, then disappeared. But this story takes a twist because rather than the usual “was never heard from again,” this boat actually turned up years later. And rather than answer many of the questions, its discovery only added to the mystery.

Scott Moorman was born in 1952 and grew up in the San Fernando Valley. He watched the TV series Adventures in Paradise as a child and started telling his parents that one day he was going to move to Hawaii. He married young and had a son, but his dream of living in Hawaii never left so when Scott and his young wife called it quits in 1975, he fulfilled his dream by moving to the small community of Nahiku on the east coast of Maui.

Nahiku was a town of native Hawaiians and a growing population of “haoles,” mostly Caucasian refugees looking for their version of paradise – hippies, earth mamas, nature freaks and Vietnam vets trying to forget. Women and men both wore their hair long, grew and smoked dope, lived with each other with no thought of being married and partied way more than they worked.

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