This newspaper blog is worked on when time permits and is independent of any organization and receives no funding. Please note that these are not translations, but if anything, they are just works in progress. Hopefully the English gets across the overall intent of the articles. Please comment if you come across misreads or anything else you think is important!
[Found under: “Ke Kau Ahaolelo o M. H. 1876: La Hana 88—Poakolu, Augate 16.”]
Order of the Day.
The bill to protect the oo, iiwi, mamo, and akakane birds for the king, so that they are not killed, was read for the third time. It was left to the select committee [komite wae], Kaai, Aholo, Kahanu, Nahaku, and Wana.
[This is found in the minutes of the 1876 Session of the Legislature.]
[Found under: “Hunahuna Meahou o Hamakua Ame Kohala” by Mrs. Reinhardt.]
Last week, two men living and working at the Kilauea National Park came to Honokaa School, their names being Gunther Olsen and friend. The school was filled with its 496 students from 1st grade to 6th, to see pictures of the mountains of this island. Olsen described the different birds while his companion showed pictures of the birds on a white cloth. Truly beautiful were the pictures of the mamo, O-o, Elepaio, Iiwi, Apapane, and so forth. The names of the birds of ours were clearly pronounced in Hawaii by that man.
According what was said by this man, in Keaau is being cared for at the home of Herbert Shipman, NENE birds, which are believed to be going extinct, but they are increasing. Our birds were much more beautiful in the olden days before other birds were imported from all over, the birds that are a problem for the crops growing in our gardens. They eat flowers of the peppers [nioi], and that is why the nioi doesn’t fruit as they did in years past.
After the pictures of the birds were shown, pictures were shown of the burning fires of Pele atop Mokuaweoweo last year. These men climbed up Mokuaweoweo on horseback and when they reached a certain point, the horses were left and they went on foot until the crater. Where they were was scorching. While the fires were boiling, snow was seen on both sides covering the ground. Continue reading →
All of the interests of the estate of the late L. Ahlo in the rice industry were bought at auction sale on Monday by Jas. F. Morgan, trustee, and have since been incorporated under the name of Kaneohe Rice Mill Co., Ltd., with a capital of $50,000, the incorporators being Arnim Haneburg, W. Pfotenhauer, Geo. Rodiek, August Humburg and P. Bartels.
An agreement of sale has been made by the government with Walter McBryde for the mountain lot of Kukuiolono, in the Kalaheo tract, Kauai. The price is $894, one-tenth deposited on signing of papers, and the purchaser agrees to plant 3000 trees every year for ten years on the land. At the end of that period he is to receive a deed of the lot. The purpose of the agreement is stated to be conservation of the forest and of its water resources.
Under the direction of Mr. Haughs, the nurseryman of the government, the planting of Hawaiian plants in the valley of Nuuanu will be attempted, to make that valley verdant once again with native plants, so that it will be just as beautiful as it was fifty or more years ago. These seedlings were sent by Ebena Lo [Eben Low] from his residence at Puuwaawaa, Hawaii, to Commissioner Taylor, those being aaka, holei, aalii, ohia, kolea, opiko, akia, alahee, kauila, uhiuhi, iliahi, lama, and olapa.
It is said that it has been about 50 years that these plants were growing in abundance in Nuuanu Valley, for with the influx of animals and the mass cutting of trees for firewood, the beautiful forest of times gone by became a barren field.
The government will spend a sum of money to grow and foster this new forest, however, we believe that there is no way that the beauty of the forest which God grew originally and which was damaged by man will be attained by this new forest which is intended to be grown.
Remember the article on snakes we posted just a couple of weeks ago? Out today is a current related article…
How sad is it when Hawaii already had the answer a hundred years ago, that today, the State of Hawaii doesn’t think keeping alien pests out of Hawaii is important enough to fund! See this article out today by Audrey McAvoy: Alien pests risk fewer inspectors upon entry.
There was a petition carried around to the citizens of Kaneohe, Heeia, and all the other areas on the Koolau side of the island of Oahu which asks the legislature to pass a law prohibiting the Japanese fishermen from going into those areas with their small-meshed nets and indiscriminately taking all kinds of fish from those waters, so that fish will be left for the people of those Koolau cliffs.
In times past, there was an abundance of fish seen in those waters, and the Hawaiian people of the place were greatly blessed, in that fish were easily caught making life easy because of this bounty of fish; however, these days, it is changed, because with their huge nets which are 600 feet or more long, the Japanese go about, and being that the eyes of their nets are tiny, caught haphazardly are all sorts from big to small; and these day you hardly see fish that were regularly seen before.
Desperately Wanting a Law Passed.
It is hoped by a great number of the people of the (two) Koolau that a law is passed soon by the legislature banning the Japanese from fishing in those waters with nets, because it will save the fish from being wiped out by the Japanese, and fish will be left to propagate for the benefit of the people of the entire island. One very good law being worked on by the legislature, is the limiting of fish prices, because when you observe the selling of fish in fish markets of Honolulu nei these days, the prices are so high that the poor and indigent can’t afford it.