Waa of the Olden Days
There is a tiny waa of the old sort, like those of the time of Kamehameha or perhaps before that; it is being displayed at the store of McInerny [Makanani] on Fort Street. The small waa is in good condition, and is truly beautiful to see. Antiquities are something those of today have much interest in. Canoe building will be demonstrated as a means to earn some money for that festive day of June, the holiday for Ka Na’i Aupuni, Kamehameha.
[Anyone know what became of this waa?]
(Kuokoa, 6/6/1902, p. 1)
Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XL, Helu 23, Aoao 1. Iune 6, 1902.
DECREASE IN THE CATCH OF OCEAN FISH
Hilo, Dec. 22—According to a report by the fish market association of Hilo, they said that there is a marked decrease in the amount of fish brought in to the fish markets of Hilo nei, and this is a result of the difficulty brought on by the very stormy seas these days. The pull of the currents is very strong, and this occurs in the fishing waters, so the fishing boats cannot head straight for them; the only fish caught by the large fishing vessels of Hilo are Ahi and other fish from far outside of the normal fishing areas of Hilo.
Here however are the Japanese, still persevering these stormy conditions of the sea by carrying out their regular work. And the determined fishermen are reaping the benefits of their persistence.
If those who eat fish are without fresh fish, here are nicely-salted opelu being sold at the pastor’s residence of Haili and it is being sold for a good price; it is fish salted well by the expert fish salters of Kapalaoa. Ring the Telephone Number 168, and the dried opelu in forties [kaau] will be delivered to your house.
(Hoku o Hawaii, 12/24/1929, p. 2)
Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke XXIII, Helu 28, Aoao 2. Dekemaba 24, 1929.
CHILDREN RESCUED FROM DEATH
Because of the quick arrival of help at the right time, three small children were saved, named Alfred Vieira, Jr., Jose Lima, and Alfred Silva, Jr., from death, when their canoe overturned outside of Kahala, on this past Friday, and they were in dire straits.
According to the story of this near tragedy of the little children, they boarded a waa and travelled about Kahala; it was a day of rough seas and the waves were huge, and as they were approaching a crashing wave, their waa was covered over by the wave and went under.
There was but one of the three children who knew how to swim, that being Alfred Vieira, Jr., and he was the one who helped his two friends in holding on to their waa until help arrived: James Reid and Theodore P. Melin, who returned the little children to land safely.
[I wonder how this one act changed Hawaii’s future…]
(Kuokoa, 6/5/1924, p. 5)
Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXIII, Helu 23, Aoao 5. Iune 5, 1924.