Shark scare, 1873.

[Found under: “Nu Hou Kuloko.”]

Almost destroyed by a Shark.—On the 5th of July, some children of the same family went outside of Kohala to go fishing for Fying Fish [kapaepae Malolo]. While the two of them were enjoying the Malolo biting, the older sibling exclaimed, “We are going to die from this big wave!” and splashed into the sea. The younger sibling jumped out, and they were pounded by the wave; after it passed, they found that the canoe was elsewhere. While they were righting the canoe, the shark took the bail of the canoe and gnawed away until it was no more. The younger sibling climbed on top of the canoe cover [kuapoi]. The first one stooped down and watched; fear came upon him when seeing clearly the sparkle of its eyes. But the two of them were not disturbed, and the canoe was righted, and they returned to land. They  were almost done in by the small angry-eyed, blunt-nosed fish of the ocean [Ia iki maka inoino ihu meumeu o  ka moana]. How lucky.

[This article was difficult to read because there is a crease that runs through the page, obscuring some of its words. When the newspapers are rescanned, I hope that this sort of thing will be remedied!]

(Kuokoa, 8/9/1873, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XII, Helu 32, Aoao 2. Augate 9, 1873.

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