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)