More on the Earthquake and Tsunami of 1862.

[Found under: “NEWS FROM HERE IN HAWAII.”]

We received a letter from D. W. Kaiue of Waialua, Molokai, written on the 3rd of Feb. telling of the great tsunami [kaikoo] at Molokai. And these are his words:

“This Tuesday, the 28th of this past January. A high tide began in Kona, Molokai. This is the first time such big waves were seen here; the kamaaina said that they had never seen such a big tsunami [kaikoo] like this before. The fishponds were destroyed, and the road at Keanoaio at Kumimi are ruined. The homes of Timoteo in Halawa were inundated, and the lanai was wrecked, on the night of the 29th; it was indeed a huge kaikoo, and a strong Earthquake at daybreak; the ground and homes shook for perhaps five Seconds. Those inside sleeping were awakened. The working of the Highest God is amazing.”

[See the comment by Gerard Fryer in response to the earlier post on this same natural disaster (as well as all the other uploaded related articles). The Hawaiian-Language Newspapers need to be studied for information in all fields of knowledge! …And again, in order for all the information from those newspapers to be read and understood, they need to be rescanned clearly before they disintegrate from the acids within the paper itself.]

(Kuokoa, 3/8/1862, p. 2)

Ua loaa ia makou, he palapala...

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke I, Helu 15, Aoao 2. Maraki 8, 1862.

2 thoughts on “More on the Earthquake and Tsunami of 1862.

  1. Wow. Many mahaloes for posting this. It’s interesting that Timoteo’s houses were in Halawa. I had guessed that the shaking Timoteo reported, whether from a landslide or a true earthquake, was from a north Molokai source. Felt motion at Halawa is easier to explain than motion farther south at, say, Waialua.

    I agree with your comment on the value of Hawaiian language papers. This isn’t the first time I have felt inadequate for not speaking, or at least reading, Hawaiian!

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