Rat problem in Waialua, 1868.

[Found under: “Na mea hou i ikeia o keia mokupuni.”]

A Great Many Rats.—In the district of Waialua, there is much devastation done by Rats there, in the cane fields and the rice fields. Some cane fields have been all dug up by the rats and the sugar cane have all fallen. Because of this problem, the head of the Sugar Plantation of Waialua has decided to hire the kamaaina of the place to rid the rats by killing them when found; many rats were found; each finding several hundred every week. And when looking at these pesky animals, some rats are as big as a cat; and it is heard that some Chinese laborers have chosen to eat the large and fatty rats. The Sugarcane Plantation Owners and the rice planters of the district are in serious trouble. And should this problem spread to all of the cane fields of these islands, from what is seen, the rich will be in great trouble from the nibbling away at by this scourge, the rat.]

(Kuokoa, 8/22/1868, p. 3)

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Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke VII, Helu 34, Aoao 3. Augate 22, 1868.

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