Hawaiian dogs, 1862.

News Pertaining to Hawaiian Dogs.

I send you some news; that is news about dogs from Hawaii nei. We are used to hearing about and seeing haole who have smart dogs that obey their words, but when I saw this, these Hawaiian dogs as well, they are clever dogs.

This is the story of the dog and what it did some nights ago. I was standing on Nuuanu street, at Kaopuaua, and I saw a dog with a lantern held in its mouth; I asked my friends standing with me, “What is that dog doing?” They said. He is looking for his master out buying oranges. After hearing this, to ascertain the truth of this, I followed after it to see.

The dog went down to Kolopo; its nose smelled the wind in search, and then it entered the tea shop of the Chinese mauka of Akai’s store and Hotel street; in there his master was drinking tea; the dog cried to its master, and I saw that the story of this dog was true.

One day  I was standing at Ulakoheo, where fish is sold; the dog came with a bundle tied up in its mouth; his master wrote a note and put it in the bundle with a quarter, and the people of Ulakoheo were familiar with the dog and its master; the note said an eighth of a dollar for beef, and eighth of a dollar for fish. The person at the counter completed the transaction and wrapped the order up and gave it to the dog which returned straight to Kapauhi without deviating.

And so too with other things; the thoughts of the man are put into this dog, and so too with other duties.

Kapauhi, Honolulu, Feb. 16, 1862.

(Hoku o ka Pakipika, 2/20/1862, p. 1)


Ka Hoku o ka Pakipika, Buke I, Helu 22, Aoao 1. Feberuari 20, 1862.

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