In praise of the mongoose, 1866.

[Found under: “NOTES OF THE WEEK.”]

About Rats.—A correspondent writes us as follows: “In your last issue I have remarked a paragraph on Snakes vs. Rats. It seems wonderful to me that none of our rat-eradicators, nor the inhabitants of these Islands, have ever alluded to a small animal called the Mongoose Cat (Mustela), or Weasel kind. Continue reading

On the decline of native birds, 1871.

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Locals of the Tuahine Rain are no more.

O Ke Au Okoa:—Aloha to you:

I am sending you a small gift atop your outstretched foundation, should your captain and Editor be so kind, and it will be for you to take it to the shores of these islands so that my newspaper-reading companions may see it, it being the letters placed above: “Some Locals of the Tuahine Rain¹ are no more,” and it has been ten or more years which they have not been seen.

And my friends are probably puzzled about these locals that have gone missing, and you, our old-timers, are all likely saying, not them, here they are, and some people have passed away, but we knew of their passing; but the departure of these kamaaina which I speak of was not witnessed. And this is it, the kamaaina birds of our uplands: the Iwi, the O-u…

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Bird catching, 1866.

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[Found under: “SMALL NEWS OF HAWAII NEI.”]

Bird snaring.—We received a letter by T. P. Kaaeae of Hamakua, Hawaii, saying that the men and women of that area are joined together in great numbers in climbing into the forests to snare birds [kapili manu; kawili manu]. And the number of birds caught by a person in a day is from six to thirty. The bird being caught is the Oo of the forests.

(Kuokoa, 3/17/1866, p. 2)

Kawili manu. Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke V, Helu 11, Aoao 2. Maraki 17, 1866.

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Foreign birds set free by the Honorable Lilia Kamakaeha, 1870.

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[Found under: “NU HOU KULOKO: Oahu.”]

We hear that the Honorable Mrs. Lilia Kamakaeha was pleased at the releasing of some new kinds of birds so that they spread here in Hawaii nei. Therefore, all hunters are prohibited from shooting these new birds flying in our mountainsides and plains.

(Kuokoa, 10/1/1870, p. 2)

Ua lohe mai makou... Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke IX, Helu 40, Aoao 2. Okatoba 1, 1870.

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