News of the Districts.

From the friend of the many, M. Mose Manu of Kipahulu, Maui, we received the news of his area. There is not much news, but he was filled with solemnity in his sadness at hearing of the death of Mr. Henry A. Pierce. So too with a majority of our readers, for Mr. Pierce was a familiar haole in Hawaii from the olden days, but he was known by the name Mika Pia. He was a haole trader here in Honolulu when the trade industry was first being established in the old times. Hanuela [James Hunnewell] folks, and Mika Palani [William French] folks are his fellow familiar haole of those days. Kauikeaouli was the King then. After those days, Mika Pia returned back within [?] and the Minister resident from America came. He lived at Puunui. Mr. Paulo Hueu, a familiar one amongst us, lived with him for many years. The old haole from those years of the Hawaiian nation are almost all gone. Just as with the passing of the old time alii and the makaainana of the land, so too with the malihini who came and resided here those days; they are disappearing.

On the 29th of this past month, Kekahu and Kaoiki of Waimea, Oahu, held a banquet. It was a birthday party for their child. It began at seven o’clock in the evening. The large and dignified table was supplied with fish of the sea and livestock of the fields that were baked in the imu until perfect for satisfying the bodies of man. This pen prays that the child for whom the banquet was held will go on and live to very old age.

From the mouth of a friend who traveled to the island of Kauai and returned, we learned of the great drunkenness at Wailua Kai. The worst is on Saturday nights: that is when they fight like wild animals. In the last days of the legislative session of 1884, we heard that the Hon. Palohau left for good all sorts of intoxicants. If this is true, then this Wailua would be the proper place for Palohau to go and reform the alcohol drinking friends of that place, before they are all die.

News from all over the land comes to us frequently pertaining to people turning to the superstitions of the old days, the deeds of pagan times. It is not fitting for people who have become enlightened to return to the dark. Idolatry was left because it is dark, and it is something done by the ignorant. If the lahui is enlightened, they cannot look to the akua makani [spirit gods]; that would be deceitful.

(Kuokoa, 9/12/1885, p. 2)

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXIV, Helu 37, Aoao 2. Sepatemaba 12, 1885.

Tragedy off Kalaupapa, 1888.


Because of the kindness of our good friend, Mr. Kaoliko from up in Kauluwela, he showed us a written statement he got from Kalaupapa talking about sad news, and that is what we have below:

At night last Friday, Nov. 9, Kale Kahuakaiula Palohau, the child of Mr. G. B. Palohau of Kauai, tried to escape from Kalaupapa aboard a canoe along with Wailele. There are no witnesses to this escape of the two men. As they tried to leave the harbor of Kalaupapa and got a little ways out, the waa flipped. But they righted it and bailed out the bilge. They got back on and started to make their way but not much later, it flipped again. That is the way it went until they got right outside of Kalaeokailio, which they reached in the morning of Saturday. Palohau said to his partner that they should go ashore because the canoe was getting filled with water and was close to sinking. Then Kahuakaiula jumped into the ocean along with his friend and swam for shore. After getting perhaps a quarter mile from the waa, his friend started getting fatigued. Kahuakaiula told him to climb on him; the friend climbed on, and they started to swim towards the place where the waves break. There, the waves began to pound upon them and they were separated from each other. Kahuakaiula made his way to shore but as for his partner, he was not seen of again.

(Alakai o Hawaii Puka Pule, 11/24/1888, p. 3)


Ke Alakai o Hawaii Puka Pule, Buke 1, Helu 47, Aoao 3. Novemaba 24, 1888.