POISON GOD BURNED
Hilo, Hawaii, July 6, 1931.
Editor, The Star-Bulletin.
Sir: In your issue of July 4, 1931, there appears a picture of an old Hawaiian wooden idol under which it was stated that it was believed to be the poison-god Kalaipahoa. According to Professor Alexander’s “History of the Hawaiian People,” on page 180, it is there stated that Queen Kaahumanu and her new husband, ex-King Kaumualii of Kauai and Niihau, whom the great queen married in 1821, made a royal tour of the windward islands accompanied by a large retinue of people in 1822. On June 4 the poison-god Kalaipahoa was burned at Hilo, and on June 26, 102 more lesser idols were burned at Kailua.
JAS. N. K. KEOLA.
(Star-Bulletin, 7/10/1931, p. 6)