Response to the Mormon farming on Lanai article, 1862.

The Mormon activity on Lanai.

O Kuokoa Newspaper, Aloha oe:—

In the last Issue of the Kuokoa of the 22nd of March, in the section called “Na mea hou o Hawaii nei,” it was explained there what was found and what was done by the Mormons of Lanai, pertaining to the pulling of the Plow in their work; and when they could not pull with strength, then they were struck with a whip on their backs, like the negroes in South America; and as for this, it is apart from the truth, and is aberrant.

This is the actual truth of the “Mormon” people, called by us the Church of Jesus Christ of the latter day Saints on Lanai. The time spent pulling the Plow has lessened; during those days, there were no horse collars [lei palau] for our horses. Our President, and the people who obtained the position of Elders in the church, sometimes there are 20, and sometimes more, they all spent a little time pulling that aforementioned thing, and after that we got horse collars and began our horses. We obtained many horses, and it is the finest in all Hawaii; there are absolutely no people on Lanai amongst the “Mormons” whose backs are whipped; we do not want this to happen, but we hear of this being done in Honolulu, and here and there, by the Masters [Haku] to their Slaves [Kauwa], but that is not here on Lanai; we act with aloha. We all work, from the people in high positions to the lowly ones. We believe that we work for our salvation, not just by prayer.

If you come here to Lanai, you will see strong-bodied people and our many children, and the fields full of Corn, Wheat, sweet potato, and you will see a portion of Hawaii’s Mormons who have known salvation. With aloha.

Kekahuhipahaahaa [“The humble shepherd”]

(Kuokoa, 4/19/1862, p. 3)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke I, Helu 21, Aoao 3. Aperila 19, 1862.

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