Visit to Haleakala, 1876.

ABOUT HALEAKALA.

O Lahui Hawaii; Aloha oe:—

Perhaps there are not that many people who have travelled to the top of that famous mountain Haleakala in East Maui. It was the perfect time, because when I awoke this morning at maybe three o’clock and my eyes were set upon that mountain, I was filled with great admiration. I woke up my kamaaina and we got the horses ready, and at my urging, we left Makawao; and soon I’m writing this letter from the high rocks of this mountain at 9 o’clock in the morning. We are looking at the schooner greatly beloved by the friends of this land, that being the Moi, whose prow was rooting through the lapping sea of Kahului, and the famous pond in the cold, that being Kanaha. The mist is moving down to Iao and blanketing Kapela and her beautiful flowers, and the pili of Kakae disappeared, just leaving the hills in view, and it was as if waters were rushing the dam of Iao. The shady valleys at the edge of Nawaieha are imposing, seeming to duel with the rows of waves of Kahului.

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Haleakala 2003. Mau no ka nani hemolele!

My eyes gazed atop Piiholo; it was lofty and the leaves of the trees were misted over in the waters of Kalena. Above Hoikaopuaiawalau [Hoikaopua i Awalau], the Kiu was blowing in while the Naulu was creeping up from down below, as if it was looking to do battle with its fellow dweller of the mountains, the Kiu. When the cloud banks did in fact return to Awalau, the deep craters were clearly seen. I was standing thousands of feet above sea level and I was feeling the numbing cold all over my body. This is the greatest canyon atop a mountain worldwide. The work of God is beautiful, and this sight I was seeing was glorious. The song that was composed by Mrs. Hannah Hoolai Sheldon [Mrs. Hannah Hoolai Kelekona] while she was at these heights appreciating the splendor of the work of God; this is perhaps the true reflection of the admiration in her heart: and this is it:

Haleakala

Melody—The Lady I Love.

Ke hea mai nei e ke ehu e,
Lahilahi kai o Mamala,
Malama ia’ku ke Aloha,
A lai pono ae na pea.

Cho.—Alia oe e lia mai
Eia ke anu i Kanaha;
A heaha ka hana a ka Moi,
I ke kai holo o Kahului?

Kahiko ka malu i Wailuku,
Ke Paniwai o Iao;
I Kapili aku a Kakae,
Na pua i mohala i Kapela.

Cho.—Alia oe e lia mai, etc.,

Maikai ka noho a Piiholo,
Haaheo i ka Ulalena;
Aia ka ilina i Waiahiwi,
Wai hoeha ili o ke Kino.

Cho.—Alia oe e lia mai, etc.,

Ke lawe mai nei e ke anu e,
I ka ohu nee i ke kuahiwi;
I mehana i ke kapa o ke ahi,
I ka hale o ke Ana Alaea.

Cho.—Alia oe e lia mai, etc.,

Eleu mai e na hoa,
Ua hoi ka Opua i Awalau,
Laula ka nani o ka uka,
I ka piko o Haleakala.

Cho.—Alia oe e lia mai, etc.,

The mist is moving toward us and we descend to the Alaea Cave to warm ourselves by the blankets of a fire. The Lord is seen in his beautiful and wonderful works.

W. Thomas G.

The Summit of Haleakala, Aug. 1876.

(Lahui Hawaii, 8/24/1876, p. 4)

NO HALEAKALA.

Ka Lahui Hawaii, Buke II, Helu 35, Aoao 4. Augate 24, 1876.

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