NEWS FROM THE LAND OF TRICKSTERS OF KAULULAAU, LANAI.
Mr. Solomon Hanohano:—On the night of the 4th of December, there landed a skiff of castaways at Kanaele; five haole and four Chinese.
Their ship left San Francisco filled with goods for Manila, and this steamship encountered a storm and the water came in the cargo doors; there was nothing they could do, and the captain and his sailors and the engineers waited until the ship sank and they got on the skiffs. Continue reading
[Found under: “NA MEA HOU O HAWAII NEI.”]
Saved from Death.—In the afternoon of Tuesday, the 12th of March, while Hokulele, the double-masted ship carrying salt was in the sea outside of Waianae, water was seen coming in from the side, and in a very short time, the ship was about to sink; Continue reading
Ship Sunk at Sea.
One Skiff Landed at Puna.
One Skiff Lost at Sea.
Hilo, September 26, 1892.
Aloha oe: The three-masted ship W. H. Campbell, captain E. E. Havener, left Port Townsend on the 5th of August, 1892, sailing for Queenstown with 1,400,000 feet of lumber. On the 26th of August, they were caught in a Hurricane [makani ino], from the south east at latitude 14 north, longitude 120 west, and in three hours was filled with water; Continue reading
Wreck of the “Pride of Hawaii.”
In the year 1824, the yacht of Kamehameha II, called “Ka Haaheo o Hawaii,” formerly the “Cleopatra’s Barge,” was wrecked at Waioli, in the Bay of Hanalei, Kauai. An unsuccessful attempt was made by the chiefs to haul her up on to the shore, but her masts broke off and she rolled back outside the reef, where she was abandoned and lost. We learn from a correspondent of the Hae Hawaii that two of her guns, of which she was provided with four, have been found by divers and brought ashore, together with some of her iron and copper work. What would appear strange in the account of Mr. Hunchback—for that is the name of the Hae‘s correspondent—is the statement that these guns are not in the last bit the worse for their thirty-three year’s submersion, but that, after removing the outside deposite of shells, &c., they were found bright and sound. They are stamped with the date of their manufacture, 1813.
(Polynesian, 5/23/1857, p. 5)
The Polynesian, Volume XIV, Number 3, Page 5. May 23, 1857.
ROMANTIC HISTORY OF MARY MAHIAI
PROBABLY the most interesting woman in all Hawaii is the white-haired old wahine of four-score and ten, or thereabouts, who answers to the name of Mary Mahiai.
Last week an intricate land case came up in Judge Gear’s court and Mary Mahiai was summoned to appear as a witness, her testimony being relied upon to establish the validity of certain patents to extensive and valuable lands, the ancient boundaries of which were in dispute.
The old lady scorned the services of the interpreter on the witness stand and proceeded with her own story in good English astonishing the court and silencing the lawyers as, with Hawaiian freedom of gesture and animated features, she related the details of a most remarkable career.
It developed that she was born on the Island of Kauai before the coming of the first missionary, the arrival of Rev. Hiram Bingham being distinctly within her memory; at the age of seven years, little Mahiai, whose name (meaning “Working in the taro”) had been given her by her mother, went out in a rowboat with her uncle and five other men, starting for Molokai, to “go look see.” A storm came up and the boat was driven out of sight of land, its occupants having no food or drink with them, and suffering terribly from the pangs of hunger and thirst: for ten days and nights they drifted, becoming crazed and unable to cry out, and at last, when all hopes had been abandoned, and it was certain that the frail boat would go to pieces before the end of another day, a sail appeared upon the horizon and the faint outcries and feeble signals of the seven unfortunates attracted the attention of a sailor on board the ship, which was a sailing vessel bound for China. The six men and the little girl were taken on board and treated kindly. When the little girl was able to be about she was given the task of taking care of the captain’s little daughter, and the men were put to work on the ship; the vessel put in at Ladrone Islands, and by their own desire, the five men who had set out with little Mahiai and her uncle, were put ashore. It was afterwards learned that they were eaten by cannibals. Continue reading