Fishing using explosives, 1895.

The Blasting of Fish Prevails.

Mr. Editor:

On the travels of the Circuit Court Judge of Maui, to Kaupo, Kipahulu, Hana, and all the way to the Koolau cliffs of Maui, to ask for money for the building of Wailuku, and we were lucky in what money was collected. I was one who went along on this journey. When we reached Kipahulu, to Hakuole’s place, a policeman, with his son, Kimo Hakuole who is a school teacher; the locals were very hospitable. There was animal meat and meat of the fish of the sea, like manini, pala, kole, and nenue; those were the delicacies upon the table. The plant foods prepared were poi and sweet potato through the kindness of the kamaaina. We stayed there for a week or so, and I was puzzled to see the locals always bringing…

(Makaainana, 8/26/1895, p. 2)


Ka Makaainana, Buke IV—-Ano Hou, Helu 9, Aoao 2. Augate 26, 1895.

…these fish even if those days the ocean was rough and the wind was blustery. One day I asked the son of Hakuole, “How do you always get these wild fish?” He responded, “They are blasted with giant powder.” I was shocked, because Hakuole was a police of this are, and yet they gathered fish by using explosives. I said to myself, “The blasting of fish prevails here.” All of us malihini staying there along with the pastor of Wailuku, we all partook of the fish taken with explosives. I imagined that it was only where we were staying that benefited by fish caught using explosives, but no, it was also the home of the Honorable J. W. Kalua as well, for he also had  visitors. The blasting of fish here in Kipahulu prevails indeed; the Government authorities are  not feared, and I presume that we all heard of this from the Judge and the Pastor. That is all.

J. N. Lanakila

Keanae, August 10, 1895.

(Makaainana, 8/26/1895, p. 3)


Ka Makaainana, Buke IV—-Ano Hou, Helu 9, Aoao 3. Augate 26, 1895.

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