Lunar eclipse, 140 years ago (and a day later), 1906.

Eclipses of this Year.

If our friends think back, they will remember our publishing of these directions below written by W. D. Alexander [W. D. Alekanedero], in our paper’s first presentation on the 9th of December, 1875. One week from this day the moon will be partially eclipsed as seen below:

In the year 1876, there will be four passing eclipses. Two of the sun, and two of the moon, like this:

1 The moon will be partially eclipsed on the 9th of March. It will begin at 6:50 in the evening, and it will end at 8:50 in the evening; at Honolulu time.

2 There will be a total solar eclipse on March 25; it will be seen in its entirety in the North Pacific and South America. It will not be seen in its entirety here, but it will be almost a total eclipse. It will begin at 7:30 in the morning, and it will conclude at 5½ minutes past 10 o’clock in the morning, at Honolulu time. It will be totally eclipsed at 48¼ minutes past 8 o’clock; the total amount of the eclipse will be 0.94.

3 The moon will be partially eclipsed on the 3rd of September; it will  not be seen however here in Hawaii.

4 The sun will be totally eclipsed on the 17th of September, and will be seen in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji; but it will not be seen in Hawaii nei.  W. D. A.

[Today we will be having not a lunar eclipse, but a partial solar eclipse which begins at 4:33 in the afternoon and ends at 6:33 in the evening, Hawaii time! Do you have your viewing glasses ready?]

(Lahui Hawaii, 3/2/1876, p. 3)


Ka Lahui Hawaii, Buke II, Helu 10, Aoao 3. Maraki 2, 1876.

The moon was painted red by God, 1870.

From Kauai.

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)

Mai Kauai mai.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke IX, Helu 5, Aoao 4. Ianuari 29, 1870.

You could make out where the moon was, and it appeared red, 1848.


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 moon like a red ball, 1907.


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.