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Here is something else: In the morning of the Sabbath, Dec. 15, at Ainahou, news of a procession was sniffed out by the puffing nostril of the steamship Eleu. While it was at leisure and to its great amazement, its gaze fell upon a large number of men and women walking in a row in the tall house, nearby at the ocean. They were men girded in malo lenalena, if he was not mistaken, and women in pāʻū lenalena. Shortly thereafter, they disappeared perhaps into a room, and were no longer seen. In theory they could be the “ball of twine society” [ahahui Popo Kuaina] spoken of, or perhaps the descendants of the hale naua. With his bewildered thoughts floating within, he snickered as he recalled his dream of a procession of red gods with small heads, long legs, branched bones, scaly finger nails [??? makiao unahi], and so forth. Then his hair bristled, and he returned home.
Kalakaua and Liliuokalani Responsible for Heathenism.
CONVERTS AMONG THE NATIVES.
Great Hopes for the Hawaiians Now that They Are in the Enjoyment of a Pure and Free Government—Officers of State are Especially Praised.
NEW YORK, Dec. 2.—The Rev. Robert Stewart McArthur delivered a sermon in the Calvary Baptist church last night on “The Responsibility of Kalakaua and Liliuokalani.”
After referring to the characteristics of the Hawaiians he quoted figures to show the falling off in the number of Christian converts among the natives since the reign of Kamehameha V, who removed all restraint from the Hula masters and Kahuna influence and thereby sided the spread of idolatry. Continue reading →
The reverend McArthur who was a devoted friend and follower of Chief Justice Judd, abuses Queen Liliuokalani because the so-called Hale Naua Society, existed during the reign of her brother. We are told that the Hale Naua Society was a heathen institution and that it was decidedly opposed to good morals and good government. We do not know how Mr. McArthur has gained his information as he was never initiated into its ranks. We desire to say that the Hale Naua Society was similar to the foreign secret societies of which King Kalakaua was a leading member. The Hale Naua had its rites and indulged in the usual mummery of the lodges which are tolerated and even celebrated here. The man who says that the society in question practiced immoral rules or undesirable rites is a liar. The aid-de-camp to the President of Hawaii, Major C. P. Iaukea, was a prominent member of the society. The “missionary” interpreter at the Supreme Court, Mr. Luther Wilcox, was the only “white” member of the society. Mr. John Ena, a prominent virtuous Councillor of State, knows all about the society in question. Chief Justice Judd would have been only too willing to become a member of the lodge, but would of course have been blackballed; and under such circumstances Hawaii is against being abused by the “Echo” of Mr. Judd, the very Reverend Mr. McArthur. Don’t the paid hirelings of our missionaries do more harm than even the filibusters and the Sheridans and Underwoods?
(Independent, 12/12/1895, p. 3)
The Independent, Volume I, Number 145, Page 3. December 12, 1895.