Frightening story from Wananalua, Hana! 1859.

Strong Rain and Wind.

O Hae Hawaii:

Aloha oe:—On the 4th of April, it was a calm day; it was a day that Hana people drove in flying fish [malolo] into nets, and the young flying fish came  back; in the evening, Kaanaana and Malulu went deep water fishing with hook and line, and not long after, the wind and rain came; Kaanaana quickly pulled up the anchor [pohaku], and Malulu urged Kanaana, “Cut the line and let’s paddle at once.” Kaanaana pulled up all the line into the canoe. They paddled for shore, but they did not reach it; there was a lot of rain and wind and they could not paddle away, the canoe went back, and the shore grew dark and could not be seen; they  were lost at sea, it became dark, there was great rain and wind, and great lightning and thunder that night. They flipped over twice and the opening of the canoe was turned underneath, and they righted the canoe, and Malulu lost his paddle and the canoe only had one left. The canoe turned over with the billows and they were in danger of death for the second time. That night became day, that was the fith day, and the canoe did not turn over that day. That day turned into night; there was no calm and the land could not be seen; there was much rain and wind. They nearly died twice that night, and the ama of the canoe came off; Kaanaana jumped to it and binded the ama fast; they sat and the canoe was once again overturned by the billows, and they  were in danger of death again; that was the fourth time they were in peril. It became day, and it was the sixth day; the wind died down a bit but the rain was strong; they sat in the canoe without food or clothing. Continue reading

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Marriage of Christina Niualani Lee Loy and Frank M. Spencer, 1896.

Honored Marriage at Hilo.

On the 16th of March, at 7 o’clock in the evening,  joined together were Miss Christina Niualani Leeloy of the Lulehua Rain of Hilo with Frank M. Spencer, son of the Kipuupuu Rain of Waimea, with the golden rope of marriage. A large crown was made with the Hawaiian flag decorated with all sorts of fine flowers which was pleasant for the eye to see, and it was within there that they were married by Rev. Mr. Hill with honor. Willie Beckley and Miss Leeloy were the witnesses. The congregation was filled with distinguished and wealthy people of the land. The parents, Mister and Mrs. Kaihenui went and shook hands with the married ones, and after came the crowd with their gifts. On the 17th a wedding banquet was held with much joy. 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)

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

The latest from Wainiha, 1910.

BITS OF NEWS FROM WAINIHA, KAUAI.

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

A Name Song for Kamehameha V, 1868.

HE INOA NO KAMEHAMEHA V.

Kalaninui Kapuaiwa i ke kapu he inoa,
He kua kapu oe no Waialii kukai kapu na Lono,
O Lono o ke kai maeleha kapu ka leo i Kolea la,
Ka Ewauli o Laakona ke’lii nona ia kua—e,
Hanohano Lahaina i ka ua Nalina,
Ke kipu mai  la i na kahawai,
O ka omaka wai ke iho la i kai,
Ilina opala aku la kai o Hauola,
I ka hoonuua ia e ka makani Malanai,
He noe ke kino oia makani ke pa mai,
Ulu iho la maha pepe ka lau o ka maia,
Ana ole i ka hookinaia e ke kaao—e,
Ua—i—I aku la oe iaia nei—e. Continue reading