Description of Hawaii Island, 1867.


Makawao, September 10, 1867.

O Alaula—Aloha to you:—I want to tell you of some things pertaining to my travels on Hawaii. On the 6th of August, we boarded the Kilauea to sail to Hawaii. It was a fine day; we sailed that day and night.

We stopped in Kealakekua.

At nine o’clock that next day we landed at the cape of Kaawaloa. We had many  thoughts when we saw that place famous in the old days. We entered the house of a chiefess, Mrs. L. K. Pratt, my schoolmate in days past. We shared aloha; we at oranges [alani] and melon [ipu], and smelled the wind of Kaawaloa, and we all boarded the steamship.

And we arrived at Kailua,

We got off once more, and met with Simona,—that being a student of Mr. E. Bailey. He is now a school teacher there. The two of them were very hospitable to us. We ate poi; the poi of that locale is very delicious. Before we left there, Simona prayed with us, and we once again boarded the Kilauea.

Pertaining to Kawaihae.

On the morning of Thursday, we stopped at Kawaihae. We landed ashore again, and went into the house of Mr. Conway, and his wife welcomed us, she being Pualinui. She is a very pleasant woman. There are many people who are entertained there without pay. We left Kawaihae and sailed and landed at Mahukona. There we said “goodbye” to Kilauea.

Welcomed at Waimea.

On the 16th, I sailed to Waimea, and stayed a week with Rev. L. Lyons [Rev. L. Laiana] folks. Here it was as if I had come upon once again the gentle breeze of Makawao. This is a fine place, and I am delighted to recall the kindness of the kamaaina of Waimea and Kohala. God is with them. After that, I sailed to Eleio to see Mrs. J. L. Elemakule, that being Loeau. I rejoiced at this meeting, because she found righteousness. She made known before me her way of life now, and  her contempt of her former life. She began a haole school with the children of that place, and is striving in the works of the Lord. We left Eleio and descended below Waipio.

About Waipio.

This place is truly beautiful. We arrived down below and entered the house of the Judge, Halemanu. He has a wooden house. In the house, he and his family were supplied with bedrooms, dining room, parlor, and in those rooms were tables, chairs, and beds; it was well furnished. The table was covered, and placed upon it were many tea plates [?? pa ki], and tea and coffee, with much food. His wife is a cook and waitress as well. After we ate, we toured the fine church. We met with the people of Waipio valley, shook hands, conversed, and in the morning of the next day, we returned to Waimea bedecked with aiai lei, ilima lei, hala Polapola lei, lei from the Koolau side, upon our necks. We left our aloha with all the friends of the places we visited.

With appreciation,

M. E. Green.

(Alaula, 11/1/1867, p. 32)


Ke Alaula, Buke II, Helu 8, Aoao 32. Novemaba 1867.


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