News of the Apaapaa Winds.
To My Constant Desire, Ka Nupepa Kuokoa.
Aloha oe:—On this past 11th of Oct., fire engulfed more or less 15 acres of Robert R. Hind’s.
This is the cause. The fire jumped from the property of J. W. Keohokii, Esq., while he and his workers were burning the leaves of the sugarcane.
And it was extinguished because of all of those assisting. The luckiest thing was that the cane was all ready to be milled.
While the smoke was billowing, the Fly Wheels of the two Mills spun, that being Haui Mill [Hawi Mill] and Union Mill, hoping to quickly take care of that burning cane. Because of the terribly wild winds that day, it was not put out quickly.
On that very day of the fire, a Handwritten Newspaper at Kaiopihi under the editing of Joseph Poepoe was issued.
The name of that paper is “Hoku o ke Kai.” When we examined it, the discussions were outstanding.
On the past 16th of this month, at 6 o’clock in the evening, the sugar plantation people of the district of Kohala, from Niulii to Kaauhuhu, met at the Court House. And this is what happened at that meeting.
The officers were chosen first. J. Wight, President; Dr. Thompson, Vice President; H. B. Montgomery, Secretary; D. S. Kahookano, Hawaiian Secretary; Charles Hapkins [Charles Hopkins], Translator.
After this, Henry Johnson explained the purpose of this meeting.
1. Pertaining to the laborers. 2. Pertaining to the wages of the laborers. 3. The work hours per day. This was left to a committee.
D. R. Vida, Esq., asked that a Committee be selected to form a constitution, laws, and rules; the motion was passed.
H. Johnson, Esq. put forth the name of this organization, that being “Hui imi pono a hooholomua o ka poe mahiko a Wili o Kohala” [Association seeking rights and progress for the workers of the plantations and Mills of Kohala].
The meeting was adjourned until the 30th of Oct. to hear the report of the Committee.
Yesterday afternoon, Oct. 17, a brick fell between the Boilers of the Mill of R. R. Hind, Esq., but there were no serious injuries.
Those were a few news items from here in the Back areas.
Charlse N. Pulaa.
Honomakua, Kohala, Oct. 18, 1879.
(Kuokoa, 10/25/1879, p. 3)