And Where Might This Be?

29 Jul

In early 1941, Errol reported that he had purchased land where he said “[he’d] rather live than anywhere else in the world.”

It’s breathtakingly beautiful.

A famous king was born nearby.

It was tens of thousands of acres.

It’s name had 2 ‘H’s, 2’U’s, and 2 ‘E’s.

He intended to raise Hereford cattle there.

There were already thousands of cattle there.

There were already hundreds of horses there.

There is a view of a famous geological feature.

He said he intended to bring Sean and Lili there.

The attack on Pearl Harbor may have sabotaged his plans.


There is a golf course now on part of the property:

There are majestic beaches:

Peacocks live off the land:

And whale’s off it’s coast:

— Tim


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    July 29, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    There was six miles of coastline.

    The area is known for excellent coffee.

    He planned to provide beef and horses to the local military.

    • geneingram1942

      July 29, 2017 at 6:12 pm

      Honolulu, Hawaii, no “e’s”

      • Gentleman Tim

        July 29, 2017 at 9:10 pm

        Cook would say well done, G.I. You’ve selected the right menu and venue, but the wrong sandwich. Check out the biggest sandwich available.


        • Tina

          July 29, 2017 at 10:02 pm

          Hi, I was missing I had no computer.
          I think you look for the original name of Hawaii. When Captain Cook discovered Hawaii he named the island after the people, which where called the Owyhees.

          • Gentleman Tim

            July 30, 2017 at 3:16 am

            Welcome back, Tina! We’ve missed you very much.

            Now that the territory of Hawaii has been correctly identified as the general location where Errol declared he wanted to live and had purchased property to do so, the question remaining is where exactly in Hawaii that property was, and what was it called (2’H’s, 2’u’s, 2’e’s.) It still exists by name and can be found by name on some current maps, but it has been repeatedly and very significantly lessened in size through subdivisions and sale since 1941.

            It wasn’t the Parker Ranch, but it was nearby and quite well known in Hawaii back in those days.

            Maui and Haleakala could be seen from the property. Captain King Kamehameha was born about twenty miles north of the property, Cook was murdered about twenty miles south.


            • Gentleman Tim

              July 30, 2017 at 4:12 am

              “Born an island of both fire and ice, where land and sea meet in one of Earth’s most epic battles, is where we discover (name of Hawaiian Island) towering above the crashing waves. Home to two of the world’s greatest mountains, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, [and] 11 of the world’s 13 climate zones”


  2. Gentleman Tim

    July 30, 2017 at 11:20 am

    The sale price was said to be $250,000.

    Also of interest is that, during the same timeframe (early 1941) he was in Hawaii negotiating this purchase, Errol reported trying to enlist in the U.S Armed Forces, requesting assignment either nautical or air service. He further reported that his enlistment was denied due to a U.S. military rule that foreigners could not enlist, even Errol, who had a relatively soon-to-be-approved application in for U.S. citizenship. This prohibition may have changed after Pearl.

    Wow, how Errol’s life may have taken a dramatically different course, if he had moved to Hawaii, ran a ranch and/or joined the Navy or Army Air! If they had let him in, I believe he would have been extraordinary officer.


  3. The Zaca

    July 30, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Ah, he had good taste in cattle; I have mini-Hereford heifers :) Great breed, docile and good meat. Quite popular before the Angus PR machine kicked in. I’m stumped as to where this was, GT. Good quiz….great photos.

    • Gentleman Tim

      July 30, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      Thank you, TZ. You are amazing! … When the quiz is done, I will post some fascinating history about changes in the cattle business on the ranch Errol wanted, including how Herefords were largely replaced by Angus, and how Hawaiian beef sales were undermined by imported hind quarter (steak cuts only)from the mainland, forcinging Hawaiian ranchers to drastically discount the full carcasses of their cattle. Anyhoo, I found it fascinating!

      • Tina

        July 30, 2017 at 11:07 pm

        Huehue, Hawaii it is!


        • Gentleman Tim

          July 31, 2017 at 2:07 am

          Yes, Tina! The Huehue, aka Hu’ehu’e Ranch!! Congratulations, that was a very tough one. …. I’ll post more asap.

  4. Gentleman Tim

    August 1, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Here’s one account, from Harrison Carroll of the Los Angeles Evening Express, March 3, 1941:

    “As new owner of the Hue Hue Ranch in Hawaii, Errol Flynn, Irish film star, will supply beef and horses to the United States Army and Navy.

    The government contracts were awarded to the previous operators of the property, but it is being arranged for him to finish it out.

    Hollywood is surprised to learn of the extent of his investment in the islands. He has announced so many schemes and projects that the film colony usually just takes them with a grain of salt.

    But Hue Hue is comprised of 15,000 acres and includes everything from beach frontage to the slopes of an extinct volcano.

    The property is already stocked with 3,500 head of cattle and 435 horses. Eighty-seven men are employed upon the place.

    The name is romantic enough for a film star. ue Hue is Hawaiian for “the meeting place of kings.””

    • Gentleman Tim

      August 1, 2017 at 11:07 am

      Here’s an historical description:

      “Half-Hawaiian John Avery Maguire established Huehue Ranch in 1886 on the slopes of Hualalai. Maguire leased lands from the Bishop Estate and inherited lands from his first wife, Luka Hopulaau; he later added acreage acquired from Kapi`olani at Kaloko. Two generations after Maguire’s time, his granddaughter’s husband, Arthur Stillman, took over ranch management and built Huehue into one of the top 20 landholdings in Hawai`i, its 40,000 acres running from the sea to high forested lands.”

  5. shangheinz

    August 3, 2017 at 10:13 am

  6. David DeWitt

    January 10, 2018 at 2:48 am

    Some of you may know that I lived on the Big Island of Hawaii about 5 years ago. I confess I had no idea I was anywhere near Flynn country driving a jeep from Hawi (Haw-vee) high in the Kohala District on the northern green tip of the island which was the King’s homeland to Waimeia and then down to Kailua Kona. I would have and did drive right through the location of the ranchland Flynn bought and planned to live on! The entire area is beautiful, cattle ranches are in these hills and valleys and coffee farms spread right down to the water’s edge in some places. Great fun to drive along these undulating roads in a jeep, with scented air flowing over you. And eventually dropping down into the humid volcanic rockbed of Kona. Is there a place of beauty Errol missed in his short lifespan? Few, it seems!

    • Gentleman Tim

      January 10, 2018 at 8:09 am

      Aloha, David! Very cool you lived there! I did not know that.
      I wonder if Errol was forced to change his plans after the attack on Pearl. So much changed for Hawaii after that!

      Here’s Errol on the SS Matsonia in late ’38:


      • Gentleman Tim

        January 10, 2018 at 8:16 am

        And here’s the Tornado from Tupelo cruising in the wake of Flynn on the very same ship nineteen years later:


  7. Gentleman Tim

    May 12, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    HueHue (on Northeast coast of The Big Island) within reach of eruptions? Maybe so.…