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The Kirby Wright Family of Honolulu, Hawaii

Updated June 1, 2001

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My grandfather's name was Harold Stanley Wilkinson of Nelson, England. He was sent overseas by wealthy parents to escape the draft during WWI. His older brother Fergus accompanied him and they took a steamer to Honolulu, where they met two hapa haole sisters. One of those sisters was my grandmother. The first day of world peace, my grandfather hopped a San Francisco-bound steamer and abandoned my pregnant grandmother. My father was born a bastard the first day of world peace.

I am currently on a quest to find relatives in the Bay area. I know my father had a half-brother named David Wilkinson but I have been unable to locate him. All I have is an obit from a Marin County newspaper saying my grandfather was a retired housepainter who died alone in his apartment on South Street in Sausalito.

 
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  • Kirby Wright sleuthing in Sausalito! (39 KB)
    Kirby discovered that Harold Stanley Wilkinson, his grandfather from Nelson, England, lived a stone's throw from Sally Stanford's Vahalla restaurant!
  • Darcy Wright is helping Kirby sleuth! (37 KB)
    Darcy is being patient while Kirby sleuths. They discovered that Kirby's grandfather had a second wife named Freda and two sons named David and John! Are Kirby's two uncles still alive?
  • Sheraton SF Reception before Big Cruise, 6/29/2000 (32 KB)
    Darcy and I are posing with my parents, Harold and June Wright, before their cruise to Alaska. My father seemed subdued when I told him he had 2 half-brothers he never knew existed.
  • The Sheraton Reception (34 KB)
    My father seems happy but lately it's been tough for him to smile. He's suing a Moloka'i neighbor in 9th District Court over an erosion issue.
 
Related Files
  • The Poachers, a Short Story (12 KB)
    This story is autobiographical. It explores the myth of my father as a boy and my brother's attempt to challenge that myth.
  • The Ring, a Short Story (36 KB)
    This story is autobiographical. It explores the nuclear family on Oahu and then jumps over to Moloka'i to explore the ghost world.
  • The Mountain House, a Short Story (16 KB)
    Once again, an autobiographical story. This one's set on Moloka'i, where I witnessed a Mexican stand-off between my grandmother and older brother.
  • The Hanging Tree, a Short Story (18 KB)
    This story explores the rite-of-passage from the child world into the adult world. Note the conflict between the grandmother and Ben. Notice also how the boy narrator considers his father a tenderfoot.
 
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