Moon calendar and Kanepuaa, 1953.

Moon Calendar

Tomorrow, June 27, will be Mahealani, the 16th of the moon month Kaaona.

Mahealani is a good planting day. The Hawaiian farmer in ancient days who had a new field of potatoes would rise with the dawn to go into his garden and pray to Kanepuaa, the god of fertility. Continue reading

Advertisements

G. W. E. Kupele responds to Kanepuu’s question on the Kanepuaa plant, 1857.

Pertaining to the Kanepuaa Plant

O Hae Hawaii

Aloha oe:—I saw in the Hae Hawaii, Issue 19, the thought of J. H. Kanepuu. Asking the oldsters who know of the plant of Kanepuaa. The thing that will increase food and fish according to him, if the plant of Kanepuaa is gotten.

Here below is the response. The other day, I asked some oldsters with knowledge of the plant of Kanepuaa. They answered, it is not an actual plant like the plants of the medical kahuna [kahuna lapaau]. But it is a kind of worship by the name of Kanepuaa. Continue reading

J. H. Kanepuu seeks the amazing plant of Kanepuaa, 1857.

Something to quicken the development of sweet potato, and taro, and fish.

Aloha oe:—I have heard from some of our oldsters who are living. Perhaps there are many of them living in this archipelago who may have seen the plant of Kanepuaa? If the plant is used when planting sweet potato [uala]. It will fruit quickly, and the tubers will be large. If the mounds are all pulled up, and replanted along with the Kanepuaa plant, it will quickly mature once more; maybe in two or three weeks. Continue reading

On ohelo papa, 1856.

Ohelo papa: Some baskets of Ohelo papa were obtained by Armstrong [Limaikaika] from Makawao; L. L. Torburt [Torbert] sent them over; and they were marvelous. Some ohelo papa was sent earlier to the yearly exhibition of the Agricultural Society [Ahahui Mahiai], and the haole purchased them. This is something greatly desired by the haole; they buy ohelo papa in great amounts if it arrives. This is the problem, that it takes long, and most of it ripens at sea. But it doesn’t get too over ripe.

(Hae Hawaii, 8/13/1856, p. 96)

haehawaii_8_13_1856_96

Ka Hae Hawaii, Buke I, Helu 24, Aoao 96. Augate 13, 1856.

Lai Toodle? 1878.

From Kawaiulailiahi.—In a letter from S. D. W. Kawaiulailiahi of Kanahena we saw that a Chinese laborer of the Captain Makee & Co. was beaten by a supervisor [luna hana], and when he decided to go to bring charges before the Judge of the Honuaula district, he was found by the boss [haku hana], and was beaten again. He will also complain about how the luna of that sugar plantation make them work.

(Kuokoa, 10/26/1878, p. 2)

Kuokoa_10_26_1878_2.png

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XVII, Helu 43, Aoao 2. Okatoba 26, 1878.

Death of Mihana Kalaniwahine Ai, 1928.

Mrs. Mihana Kalaniwahine Ai Passed on.

At 10 o’clock P. M. of the evening of Wednesday, death visited the home of Mrs. E. A. Nawahi at Homelani, and took the life breathe of her youngest sister Mrs. Mihana K. Ai, at nearly 66 years of age. She was born here in Hilo, on the 24th of April in the year 1862 from the loins of Kahaoleaua and Ai-i, her father, one of the first Chinese who arrived in Hilo nei, and he arrived along with Hapai, Akau, Keoni Ina [John Ena], Akina, Keoniko, and Aiko, and these Chinese were the first ones to start Sugar Plantations at Amauulu, Paukaa, Kaupokuea [Kaupakuea], and Kohala.

Their parents had five of them, the first born was Mrs. Aana Kekoa, then next was Mrs. E. A. Nawahi [Emma Aima Nawahi], and Mrs. Alai Akana, and Mrs. Aoe Like who died earlier, and Mrs. Mihana Kalaniwahine Ai their youngest. She married Simeona Kealoha of Honomu in her youth, and after some years of them living in the bond of matrimony, they were separated, and Mrs. Mihana remarried with Mr. Ai who is now living. She was a member of the Haili Church, and she remained in that church until the time when death released her. She was a fine member of the Kaahumanu Society [Hui Kaahumanu] here in Hilo, and she was a good member of the Hale o na Alii. Continue reading

Death of K. Alapai of Honolii, 1915.

K. ALAPAI OF HONOLII HAS PASSED ON

This past week, death came and took away this old Kamaaina of Hilo, and his nature is well known to all the old timers of Hilo nei. He died at almost 95 years old. He was born at Pahoehoe near Paukaa, and moved and lived on the banks of the far side of Honolii; when there was no bridges on this stream, and when they first opened up the road, he took up the occupation of escorting people by Honolii Stream and escorting passengers by canoe, and after there were goats to transport people he at times helped pulling the passenger goats. When the many bridges of Honolii were built, he carried on his farming on the banks of that stream, and in his strong days, he sometimes worked in the sugar plantations while still living in the same place, and he was known by those who were familiar with him by the name “Alapai of Honolii” [Alapai o Honolii]. Continue reading