Some scary weather a 150 years ago in Hanalei reported by David Kaukaha, 1870.

Raindrops in Hanalei.

O Kuokoa Newspaper; Aloha oe:—

On Monday of last week, that being September 19. The raindrops fell heavily, along with thunder here in Hanalei. From morning until evening; and at three in the afternoon; the deeds of the (chiefess) thunder forcefully reverberated, along with lightning.

At that same hour, a wooden house belonging to James Robinson was cleaved in two by the lightning, from the room all the way down; in the house there was a dog sleeping; it died. While Thomas Kellitt was lighting the imu at Lanihuli along with Peter Rowline, they were both knocked down by the light of the lightning, they almost died if the lightning had struck directly upon them.

There has never been seen before a day with so much rain, thunder, and lightning here in Hanalei. The rain however fell for one day and it was done. The Farmers are rejoicing for getting rain to soak the land. And because of seeing this great rain, I recalled these lines of mele:

“O Hanalei aina hakukele i ka ua—e,
Hakukele ka ipuka o na hale i ka wai-e.”

[Hanalei, land wet by the rain,
The doorways of the houses are wet with the water.]

With thanks,

D. Kaukaha.

Hanalei, Sept. 27, 1870.

(Kuokoa, 10/1/1870, p. 3)

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke IX, Helu 40, Aoao 3. Okatoba 1, 1870.

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