Kimo stayed with an auntie for a few months and learned the ukulele in rapid fashion…One day a friend told him of the great fun it was to work on a sail-driven ship, and there was pay, too. So he covered some of his tattoos with uncomfortable clothing for the interview, and the next week he was a full time deck hand on the Falls of Clyde.
The ship was built in 1878 in Glasgow, Scotland, becoming important and famous to the Hawaiians. During the plague of 1900, the ship kept Hilo supplied when the port at Honolulu was under quarantine. It would ultimately circle the earth six times, round Cape Horn twelve times, voyage to India eleven times and across the Pacific eleven times, all under sail. The ship hauled groceries , sugar and eventually was also used as an oil tanker. Additionally, adventurous passengers were often taken on board.