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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, September 11, 2006

BOB KRAUSS | 1924-2006
The many achievements of Bob Krauss

 •  Krauss told Hawai'i's stories for 55 years

Advertiser Staff

Oct. 15, 1951: Bob Krauss is hired as a reporter by The Advertiser, covering general news, the waterfront and organized labor.

1953: Krauss begins a regular column in addition to coverage of news stories. The column, "In One Ear," sometimes runs as many as five days a week.

1956: Krauss is featured in Time magazine for his column about filling in for a mother of four.

1960: "Here's Hawaii" is published, the first of at least a dozen books to be written by Krauss.

1963: Krauss successfully campaigns for the preservation of Ulu Mau Village and saving the Falls of Clyde, the first of many civic activities with an emphasis on historic preservation.

1964: Krauss is named "Salesman of the Year" by a business organization for his activism on behalf of Honolulu.

1966: Krauss travels to Vietnam, writing not only about soldiers, but about civilians and their plight.

1967: Krauss becomes one of the first journalists to write about the emerging nations of Micronesia and their social and economic struggles.

1973: Krauss retraces the 1823 journey of explorer William Ellis around the Big Island.

1982: With Krauss a founding member, the Hawai'i Maritime Center is created.

1984: Column renamed "Our Honolulu."

1985: Krauss accompanies the Hokule'a on its journey from Tahiti to Raiatea, the first of many trips he will take accompanying voyagers tracing the origins of the first Hawaiians.

2000: The first annual Honolulu Harbor Festival, Krauss' idea for a celebration of the harbor's history as a working waterfront, is held.

2001: The Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai'i names Krauss a "Living Treasure of Hawai'i."

Oct. 15, 2001: Krauss celebrates 50 years at The Advertiser.

2003: Krauss receives the Bishop Museum Ulupono Chairman's Award for outstanding leadership, as well as the Robert J. Pfeiffer Award.

2005: Krauss donates $100,000 to the Hawai'i Maritime Center, helping to eliminate the center's $1.4 million debt.