Pertaining to the lunar eclipse. On the 17th of January, at 2:25 and 35 seconds in the morning, one body affected another body in the heavens, and its color turned strange, and we adults and children here in Lihue witnessed it; and here is my bit of humor, someone said: “The moon has been eaten by God.” And another said, “The moon was painted red with red paint by God.” And there was a lot of new things spoken of on that night, but I cannot carry on about that.
[This article and another was written under the heading “From Kauai,” by S. K. Kahookalaopio of Lihue, Kauai, on January 19, 1870.]
(Kuokoa, 1/29/1870, p. 4)
Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke IX, Helu 5, Aoao 4. Ianuari 29, 1870.
THE ECLIPSE OF THE MOON.
On the 12th of September, at six o’clock in the evening, when the sun went down, the eclipsing of the moon began. It began on the eastern side of the moon. That is how the shadow of the Earth rose; in one hour, the Moon was totally darkened, at seven in the evening. However, the moon didn’t totally disappear. You could make out where the moon was, and it appeared red.
It remained that way until after half past eight. And then the total darkness subsided and the shining started from the eastern side, just as the darkening began. That is how the light began until the shadow of the Earth passed by to the west, at half past nine; just as was explained in the American Almanac.
I was negligent in reporting this darkening of the Moon earlier in the Elele. K.
Honolulu, September 13, 1848.
(Elele Hawaii, 9/18/1848, p. 31)
Ka Elele Hawaii, Buke 4, Pepa 8, Aoao 31. Sepatemaba 18, 1848.
THE LUNAR ECLIPSE ON MONDAY NIGHT.
On the night of this past Monday a lunar eclipse was seen; the beginning of the eclipse began at two in the morning, and eventually almost the entire circle of the moon was covered in darkness.
This Monday night was a nice and clear, and it was possible to see perfectly the start of the eclipse from one side of the moon all the way until the entire moon was covered. When you saw the moon then, it looked like a red ball. The moon stood directly above at the time of the eclipse.
[This Monday night once again (4/14/2014), there will be a lunar eclipse viewable from Hawaii! Hopefully it will be a po kalae maikai like it was back a hundred and seven years ago! For more information on the phenomena, see here for a nice description from KHON2. And make reservations for ringside seats at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum!!]
(Kuokoa, 2/1/1907, p. 8)
Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLII, Helu 5, Aoao 8. Feberuari 1, 1907.