Kauai happenings, 1893.


Social Circles Bright and Buzzing in Spite of Bad Weather.

The weather still continues inclement, the roads uninviting; ergo, news notes are scarce.

Mrs. J. C. Lorenzen and niece, Miss Etta Daniels of Honolulu, are visiting their friends, Mr. and Mrs. H. Z. Austin, at “Ocean View,” Kapaa, where we had the pleasure of meeting the Bishop of Panopolis and accompanying priests—Father Marratian and Father Levi. The Bishop is an old-time acquaintance of the Austins, dating back from their first residence on Maui, where he had charge of the mission at Wailuku. Continue reading

Cold! 1869.

[Found under: “NU HOU KULOKO: Oahu.”]

These have been some cold mornings and chilly evenings, perhaps because of the Ekepue wind; the “prickling pins of cold” are creeping along. Some people however are feeling perfectly comfortable while others are huddled up.

(Kuokoa, 2/6/1869, p. 3)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke VIII, Helu 6, Aoao 3. Feberuari 6, 1869.

The latest from Wainiha, 1910.


In the night of this past 20th of Aug, there was much rain and streaming in Wainiha, and the residents of that valley were blessed by the streaming; there was a lot of Oopu, and those skilled at catching them filled their bag with the lehua blossom eating Oopu of Maunahina [ka Oopu ai lehua o Maunahina]. Continue reading

Just because you find something in the newspaper, that does not necessarily make it true, 1889.


While hurricanes and cyclones howl with destructive fury over most of the oceans and seas of the world, the Hawaiian Islands have a singular immunity from gales of that nature. In March last it was demonstrated that very few portions of the South Pacific are free from periodical disturbances of the elements that culminate in destructive violence. Continue reading

Hurricane, 1892.

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

Church and weather news from Halawa, Molokai, 1866.

From Halawa, Molokai.

Our Church is no longer lacking for a church building at this time. The works of the Lord Jesus Christ is strengthening amongst the brethren. It is fine associating with them. Opened up once again are the Churches from Halawa to Wailua, and in the future perhaps too at Pelekunu. These days have been days of strong wind, maybe the lid of “Laamaomao” has been opened by that Kuapakaa.

S. W. Nueku.

Dec. 20, 1865.

(Kuokoa, 1/13/1866, p. 4)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke V, Helu 2, Aoao 4. Ianuari 13, 1866.


It was a lot more windy back a 150 years ago! 1866.

Wind and Rain on Maui.

The wind and rain has returned during these past two weeks, from the 7th to the 20th, coming the strongest from the south side of Maui; collapsed were many homes, places of work, churches, schools, and bell towers. The name of this wind that acts without aloha is a Kona, but it is not something we should be astonished by, for God can do as he likes. Praised always be his name for his works.

At Nawaieha.

The number of buildings toppled by this wind was thirty or more. Some wooden buildings with new beams were turned over, but most important was the Church here in Wailuku; its windows were smashed, and the side makai on the top was torn off and the shingles were scattered by the force of the Kona wind. That is the biggest problem encountered by us here in Nawaieha. But we are hopeful that it will be rebuilt more beautiful than before, for all the members of this covenant gathered together to collect a sum of money sufficient to rebuild the church with great elegance, topping the beauty of the previous building. The wealthy haole are also joining in to help, that being Christopher H. Lewers [C. Lui] of Waihee and all of the wealthy people, and also J. D. Havekost [Kililika], who is a white kamaaina from Wailuku nei, as well as the youth of the shady valleys of Wailuku. A number of committees to ask for donations were set. I see these wealthy people with their aloha and their regret for the house of Jehovah. It is good; it is right that you build the house where the souls who are skeptical, godless, and so forth are widely taught. Continue reading

Lake Waiau atop Mauna Kea is frozen, 1906.


When Mr. Eben Low of Waimea, Hawaii, arrived in town, some news about Mauna Kea was heard. According to him, because the ice on the top of Lake Waiau [ka moanawai o Waiau] is frozen solid, it can be walked upon.

The freshwater lake Waiau is a lake atop Mauna Kea, about 15,000 feet above sea level, which is covered with ice, which visitors walked upon. The thickness of the ice was tested by digging, but after digging for two feet, the travellers gave up continuing to dig. Continue reading

Hail nearly the size of chicken eggs in Keaukaha, 1920.

There was heavy lighting and thunder in the evening of this past Monday, and hail [hua hekili] fell in some places of Keaukaha. Some of the hailstones that the children of a haole family staying there that evening picked up were almost the size of chicken eggs. Hail broke through the shingles of a house there.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 4/1/1920, p. 2)

Ikaika ka uwila...

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke XIII, Helu 44, Aoao 2. Aperila 1, 1920.