Flooding on Molokai, 1883.


O Kuokoa Newspaper: Aloha oe.

On the night of February 27, 1883, at perhaps 10 o’clock, a shockingly huge amount of water rushed down the river of Halawa, Molokai.

Here is what was shocking:—On the 27th, the wind was perfectly calm, and there was no big rain. However, that night, the waters of the rivers of Moaula and Hipuapua came violently down and swept away 2 fishing canoes. One of these canoes was brought back on land but was broken up; the other is gone.

That is just some small news from here in Halawa, Molokai.

Aloha to the Editor and to the typesetting Boys of the press my delight.

Albert Kapaehaole

(Kuokoa, 3/10/1883, p. 3)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXII, Helu 10, Aoao 3. Maraki 10, 1883.

Kalaupapa, almost twenty-five years later, 1891.

[found under “Letters from Our Friends.”]

J. A. Kahoonei [of the newspaper “Nupepa Elele”],

Much aloha between us and the family.

The news from the port of Kalaupapa is that the rations-bearing schooner of the Board of Health arrived; there was eight-hundred pa‘i ‘ai or more which were left at Halawa for a whole month or more and then dumped into the ocean by the luna; a lot was wasted, being thrown into the sea [a me ka moku?] because of the great spoilage—it was rotten and too sour to eat.

It has been very stormy these past days with rain and wind.

A. Kalaupapa

(Nupepa Elele, 2/28/1891, p. 4)

J. A. Kahoonei, Aloha Maikai kaua a nui...

Nupepa Elele, Buke XII, Helu 29, Aoao 4. Feberuari 28, 1891.