FEAST AT MOKUOLOE.
O Hoku Loa:
Aloha oe:—The 24th of August, which was a Thursday, was a day of party at the shore of Mokuoloe; it is a small island to the Northeast of Kaneohe, and yet plants grow upon it: sweet potato, gourd, banana, coconut, and its shady kukui grove. The focus of the feast was the sweet potato and gourd; it was a fine party, with many people who came from Kahaluu, and Mokapu, and it was very pleasant in the shade of the kukui, with enough food for all that came; the great spread of produce well-cared for by the farmers of this tiny Island was astonishing, and it would be a good thing if all our own lands were taken care of in the same way, then we’d in time be feasting off of the fruits. With mahalo, your friend.
[For more on Moku o Lo’e, see the recent publication: Moku o Lo’e: A History of Coconut Island.
The images for Hoku Loa will hopefully be put up online soon!]
(Hoku Loa, 9/1859, p. 9)