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

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