Snow on Hualalai 150 years ago. 1862.

Much Snow, and cold.

O People reading the Hoku Loa. There is News seen here in Waimea; on the 15th of February, there was extreme cold; there was snow on Mauna Kea, and it almost reached its base, and there was snow atop Hualalai. It was the first time I saw snow on Hualalai in 30 years. What is this? What is it a sign of? There was also heavy rains earlier.

If the heavy rains lasted for a couple of hours, it would have had a massive flood [Kaiakahinalii] here. The livestock and people would have been in trouble. But no! the rain, thunder, and lightning soon stopped. The people were still afraid; When will the people be afraid of the smoke, thunder, and lightning of Gehenna, and go to the protection of Jesus?


(Hoku Loa, 3/1862, p. 34.)

Hau nui, me ke anu.

Ka Hoku Loa, Buke III, Helu 9, Aoao 34. Maraki, 1862.

5 thoughts on “Snow on Hualalai 150 years ago. 1862.

  1. Aloha! I would love to learn more about this event! My name is Malika Dudley, I’m a local meteorologist born and raised on the Big Island. What is “Hoku Loa” is it a Hawaiian language newspaper? Is the original kept at the University of Hawaii at Manoa archives? Would love to know more! Aloha, Malika


    • Aloha.
      “Hoku Loa” is one of the early Hawaiian-Language Newspapers. The originals for this particular paper are cared for mainly at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum and the Hawaiian Historical Society. As for information about weather through the years in Hawaii (as well as weather across the globe reported on by Hawaiians writing home) the Hawaiian-Language Newspapers are filled with pearls. There are first-hand accounts of snow seen and felt on Hualalai (and the Waianae Mountains), eruptions, tsunami, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, hailstorms, eclipses, &c., &c., &c.

      It might be fun to do a weekly feature of weather from the newspapers of 75, 100, 125, 150 years ago, or something like that.


  2. Pingback: Snow… up in the Waianae mountains? 1862. | nupepa

  3. Snow normally doesn’t fall below 10,000 feet in elevation in Hawaii, so at 8,000 ft., it shouldn’t be seen on Hualalai – or so the usual rules say. That means only Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Haleakala should receive snow.

    But it’s also true that we are in a warming period, and the weather of the past is not the same as it is today.


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