The Features of Honokohau.
O Nupepa Kuokoa; Aloha oe:
May it please you and your Editor to insert this bundle of aloha in some open space of your depository, and it will be for you to share it amongst our masses.
Looking at the lay of the land, it is a beautiful place indeed; there is a deep river, and there is much taro; the area planted with kalo is approximately 5 miles long.
Pertaining to the evenness of the land.—The flat lands here are on the east side of the river, that being the famous plains of Kalaulaolao, and a mele for this fame is written of by the people of old.
Pertaining to the crops.—Things that are planted grow stuntedly [kakanalii] because of aphids [Eleao]; talk of the Eleao is all over Hilo Paliku.
Pertaining to the houses.—Previously there weren’t many houses, however, in the past years, they have increased; these wooden houses only belong to Hawaiians, and not to the haole.
Pertaining to the churches.—There are two churches on this aina; one for the French and one for the Americans; there are many brethren of these churches, but there are more in the protestant church.
Pertaining to Sunday school.—The work of the Sunday school here is somewhat stalled. Some Sundays there are many students and the number of passages memorized of the Bible, and some Sundays, there are very little, and some Sundays, there are none at all because of the laziness of the students; the Sunday School leader is energetic at his job. J. K. Leleianaha.
Honokohau, Maui, Nov. 27, 1872.
[Found in the Hawaiian-Language Newspapers are a great many of these types of accounts describing different locales across the islands. It is a good way to see the changes that occur through time.
There are also many things like place names found in the newspapers that are not found in the usual reference books today. Here, for instance, Kalaulaolao in Honokohau is given a location and is described.]
(Kuokoa, 12/14/1872, p. 1)