O Hae Hawaii:
Aloha oe: this is a new tree I have seen, this tree grows in the uplands of Nuu, in Kaupo. The name of this tree is Kea, and it is a useful tree. You, the reader may ask, “What is good about this tree?” And this is why it is good, because of its solidness; it is very strong, it is the strongest tree growing in this archipelago; its body is black and it very strong, its leaves are like that of the Uhiuhi. This tree is good for house building; if the wood is put into dirt, it doesn’t rot. The natives of Kaupo say that some houses are over 25 years old and there is no rot, and some are over forty years old. It is a familiar tree in Kaupo. But because it is so solid, it is stronger than metal, in that if you put metal into the earth and many years go by, it deteriorates; not so of this wood. This is the reason I am getting the word out, so that my friends will know that this is a good wood for building in dirt, like in Lahaina, Honolulu, Hilo, and other places.
The locals say that it is only in Kaupo that this tree grows, and not any other place on Maui; there are other known strong-wooded trees like Kapua [Pua?], Mamani, and Aalii, but none are like this. Aloha amongst us.
Kipahulu, Maui, Hawaii, Nov. 5, 1857.
(Hae Hawaii, 11/18/1857, p. 133 & 34)