Wind and Rain on Maui.
The wind and rain has returned during these past two weeks, from the 7th to the 20th, coming the strongest from the south side of Maui; collapsed were many homes, places of work, churches, schools, and bell towers. The name of this wind that acts without aloha is a Kona, but it is not something we should be astonished by, for God can do as he likes. Praised always be his name for his works.
The number of buildings toppled by this wind was thirty or more. Some wooden buildings with new beams were turned over, but most important was the Church here in Wailuku; its windows were smashed, and the side makai on the top was torn off and the shingles were scattered by the force of the Kona wind. That is the biggest problem encountered by us here in Nawaieha. But we are hopeful that it will be rebuilt more beautiful than before, for all the members of this covenant gathered together to collect a sum of money sufficient to rebuild the church with great elegance, topping the beauty of the previous building. The wealthy haole are also joining in to help, that being Christopher H. Lewers [C. Lui] of Waihee and all of the wealthy people, and also J. D. Havekost [Kililika], who is a white kamaaina from Wailuku nei, as well as the youth of the shady valleys of Wailuku. A number of committees to ask for donations were set. I see these wealthy people with their aloha and their regret for the house of Jehovah. It is good; it is right that you build the house where the souls who are skeptical, godless, and so forth are widely taught.
The Kahu and his trustees thought to simply demolish the top and then move it, but the haole people reject this idea, thinking that the whole structure should be torn down and rebuilt with great glory.
But I hear everyone is donating money for that building, so that it is beautiful and dignified next to none. This shows that amongst these waters [of Nawaieha], this is the greatest production of these people, an asset that never deteriorates throughout time.
Daniela Puhi [D. Puhi] told me directly that five buildings fell there in the wind. There was rain and it was very strong.
In this great and strong wind of no comparison, there was also a lot of rain. There is one thing that is greater, that is the love of God, for it has not been heard that there was anyone who has died in those falling buildings. Aloha friends,
[This terrible weather was happening and reported in the newspapers from all across the archipelago 150 years ago!]
(Kuokoa, 2/3/1866, p. 3)