Harrowing octopus encounter, 1896.

Fierce Battle with a Hee.

Outside of Waikiki, in the afternoon of Sunday, the 16th, while the haole children of Arthur Harris [Ata Harisa] and some Portuguese children were swimming in the ocean, full of joy on the day of the Lord, a great octopus from the deep, dark sea, rose up and wrapped its tentacles tightly about the legs of the Portuguese boy. The haole boy saw this trouble faced by his friend, and sped over to help; that is when one of the tentacles of the hee swung and grabbed on to his leg and arm while one of the tentacles pummeled his chest and ear, while he was pulled down under for a time. With much effort, he kept on fighting with the hee until he was free, being that it had previously released the Portuguese boy. The head of the hee was stomped full on so that it released the haole boy, or he would have been in trouble. The haole boy was left with scars on him from the hee. This is the first time in a long time that a hee was seen fighting with a person. That place will be feared from here forth. This is as it should be.

(Makaainana, 2/24/1896, p. 2)

Paio Hahana me ka Hee.

Ka Makaainana, Buke V—-Ano Hou, Helu 8, Aoao 2. Feberuari 24, 1896.

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