Shark attack and heartless bystanders, 1872.

Escaped from almost being killed by a shark.—From Mr. Kahaawi, the Deputy Sheriff of South Kohala, Hawaii, we received this shark attack story at Kawaihae: On the 15th of this month, a Friday, an old man went fishing aboard his canoe, his name is Kaholo, from Kawaihae. It was not farther than a quarter mile away from land, while he continued paddling his canoe, a huge shark came up from the sea, its lower jaw bit up from the bottom of the waa and its upper jaw snapped down from the top edge of the waa, while some of the rows of its teeth caught the skin of his thigh, and he was pulled into the ocean. The man went down into the water with the shark, but here is the strange thing, the shark didnʻt bite him more. The man hurriedly got back on the waa and grabbed his paddle, at the same time the shark came up again; the man fended off the head of the shark with his hand. When the man got aboard the waa, the shark floated itself atop of the water and then disappeared. There were other fishermen on a canoe at the time, and when the two of them saw him, they paddled over to where Kaholo was floating. Here is how very bitter they were, they didnʻt come by to help the hurt man, they just asked him to give them some bait, and when they got it they just left to go fishing. Kaholo asked for one of them to help him paddle to shore, since he was in much pain and couldnʻt paddle well, but neither of them agreed. Because there was no one to help him, he kept paddling until he almost fainted from losing so much blood; he drifted and paddled until reaching land. The one who told us this news was the very one who stitched up the wound. He said, the fleshy part of the thigh was torn open and was dangling; it was cut [?] from the knee of the left leg up to the buttocks.

(Au Okoa, 3/28/1872, p. 2)

Pakele mai pau i ka mano.

Ke Au Okoa, Buke VII, Helu 50, Aoao 2. Maraki 28, 1872.

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