J. E. Chamberlain, collector for the Hawaiian National Museum, 1876.

Curios for the Government Museum.

The Morning Star brought up for the Hawaiian Government the following curios, corals, &c. Two sets Gilbert Island armor complete with helmets; also shark teeth sword and spear, mats and native dresses; eel basket; common fish basket; umbrella coral, three feet six inches in diameter, perfect, from Apian by Mr. Randolph.

From Marshall Island: Spears, Male fringe petticoats and woman’s mat dress; carved figure-head; model of canoe fully rigged; paddles; red coral; black coral; platter coral, bone adzes from Strong’s Island. Continue reading

Unfortunately, some of Chamberlain’s mangrove seems to have survived, 1876.

Salt Water Trees.—Bonabe and Strong’s Island are tree-clad to tide water and below, several varieties, five we are told, grow in the marshes and flats that are flooded at high tide. Some are large and tall, suitable for timber, and all make excellent fuel. J. E. Chamberlain brought within ten day’s sail two hundred mangrove trees that were injured in a gale. Several of them still survive and may grow in the care of Mr. Derby. The mangrove tree grows from the seed that floats on the tide and may be had by gathering. By perforating the bottom of a tight barrel, then filling it full of mangrove seeds, and keeping them wet with salt water, one thousand or then thousand mangrove trees may be brought from Bonabe safely and planted on Waikiki and Ewa flats in 1876.

(Hawaiian Gazette, 3/22/1876, p. 2)

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The Hawaiian Gazette, Volume XII, Number 12, Page 2. March 22, 1876.