Hail nearly the size of chicken eggs in Keaukaha, 1920.

There was heavy lighting and thunder in the evening of this past Monday, and hail [hua hekili] fell in some places of Keaukaha. Some of the hailstones that the children of a haole family staying there that evening picked up were almost the size of chicken eggs. Hail broke through the shingles of a house there.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 4/1/1920, p. 2)

Ikaika ka uwila...

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke XIII, Helu 44, Aoao 2. Aperila 1, 1920.

Snow… up in the Waianae mountains? 1862.

The Weather.

This unfailing topic of general conversation has suffered no diminution of late. Thunder, lighting, rain and hail, and even snow, according to some, have prevailed in quantities and duration beyond the memory of the “oldest inhabitant.” On Friday night, the 14th inst., hail fell in Koolauloa on this island, and we are told, in quantities to be scooped up by the hands, and people crossing the Waianae mountains that night report that snow fell thick on the mountain peaks. On Saturday morning the thermometer in Honolulu stood at 53°, and credible people aver that the saw snow flakes in the air, though they melted by or before touching the ground. Wednesday morning, this week, a thunderstorm passed over this town from the Southwest which, for sharpness of lightning and loudness of thunder, was the severest of many years. The lightning apparently played over the town in every direction, yet, we are happy to say, without any damage, excepting that a Chinaman was knocked down in the street and remained for some time perfectly paralysed before coming to, and a man, hoisting the colors on a flagstaff, felt a blow over the wrist which benumbed the hand for upwards of an hour before it passed off. In the afternoon of the same day the weather cleared up a little, but during the night, between 11½ and 3 o’clock, the thunderstorm raged again in all imaginable fury, accompanied with showers of rain so severe that it seemed almost impossible for any roofing to withstand the force of the fall or the weight of the falling water. The Waikiki plains were at one time almost literally a sheet of water, and partial freshets occurred in several directions, though the main river of the Nuuanu Valley was not filled so as to endanger the bridge leading over it. How many inches, or rather feet, of rain fell that night we have not learned, but the amount must have been enormous.

[This was a very strange year. Hualalai was cloaked in snow as well!]

(Polynesian, 2/22/1862, p. 2)

The Weather.

The Polynesian, Volume XVIII, Number 43, Page 2. February 22, 1862.

Huge hail on Maui, 1898/1868.

On the afternoon of Sunday, February 20, a hail storm fell at Kokomo, Makawao. This kind of storm went on for about maybe 15 or 20 minutes. The size of the hail [hua hekili] was like marbles. The locals of that area said, 30 years ago, a hail storm like this fell at Paia, and the size of the hail was like that of chicken eggs.

(Kuokoa, 3/4/1898, p. 2)

Ma ka auina la Sabati...

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXXVII, Helu 9, Aoao 2. Maraki 4, 1898.

Cold weather on Maui, 1866.

Hail in Keanae.

When we went to Wailua, from Keanae, and entered the church, the reason we went there was for Sunday services; while we were there, we were singing hymns hoping that a big crowd would come, at which point the prayers would be held, however, there was a shower, but not so big.

Here is the News: there was a big rumbling atop the Church as if it was being demolished with Carpenter’s hammers; none of us looked outside but Rev. S. Kamakahiki was standing by the window and saw hard white balls like the size of marbles, similar also in its spherical shape and hardness. Rev. S. Kamakahiki called out, “This is something new,” and we went to see for ourselves.

We were all agitated as this was our first time witnessing this new amazing thing; it was like rain, the way so much of them fell to the ground. After they fell, we went to pick some up and place them in our hats, and we tried to eat some of the balls. It was really cold, and we thought these were perhaps hailstones as seen in the Bible. Joshua 10:11, many people perished from the hailstones. Here is the question: How do you know a hailstone? Someone tell us, so are confusion is cleared. With Aloha.

The students of the Hymn School of Keanae.
Keanae, December 13, 1866.

(Kuokoa, 2/2/1867, p. 4)

Huahekili ma Keanae

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke VI, Helu 5, Aoao 4. Feberuari 2, 1867.