Conclusion of Piilani’s Story, 1917.

The Story of Piilani

(Continued from last week.)

The next day they moved up the valley and found a place where it was good to stay as there was plenty of water and lots of wild bananas. On that day they heard for the first time the cannon roar and they saw shells strike their old hiding place. They found lots of shrimps and oopu in the river and also some wild taro. During all this time Piilani stood guard half of the time. About a week later the shooting stopped. They stayed in this place about one month and then moved further makai, where there was some kalo patches, lots of fruit and more fish and opae in the river and they stayed around there for nearly two years and often saw their friends, but their friends did not see them.

Always hiding in daytime and foraging in the night, nobody knew what had become of them, some thought they had been killed or were dead from hunger, thirst and exposure.

One day as Piilani was pulling some taro she heard some noise as from a man coming. She crawled up on a high place and saw Willie Kinney coming together with Kelau and George Titcomb. She ran back to where Koolau was hidden and told him. Koolau and family went into hiding further back in the valley, but when they saw who it was they came out and shook hands with them and had a long talk with them, and when they left Kinney told Koolau that he might shoot any bipi that he needed, however, Koolau never killed any of Kinney’s cattle.

A few days after Kinney’s visit Kelau and his wife brought some more clothes for them Continue reading

Continuation of Piilani’s story, 1916.

The Story of Piilani

(Continued from last week.)

Several days later they got the news that Mr. Stolz and some policemen all armed with revolvers and guns had arrived to get the lepers and particularly to capture Koolau. When Koolau heard this he said: “It may be their idea, but the man who tries to do that will do so at the peril of his life.”

This word was brought to Stolz, and he sent the word back that Koolau would repent it if he refused to obey the orders of the authorities. Koolau took his gun, kissed it and held it to his breast and talked to the gun as if it was a friend and charged it to stand by him and shoot straight, and from that time Koolau kept guard and shortly afterwards they saw a ten being put up on the beach, and he thought it was to watch him and some of his friends went down to find out for him.

One day Koolau, Piilani and the child went makai on the path by the stream, and there they found Mr. Stolz’s raincoat with some crackers in the pocket, also a blanket, and Koolau told Piilani to take these things along with her. Shortly afterwards they met Penikala, a policeman from Waimea, and Koolau asked him, where Louis Stoltz was, and Penikala said, he did not know, but thought that Louis Stoltz had gone to Hanalei. A little later they met Peter Nowlein, a policeman from Hanalei, and Nowlein told them that Louis Stoltz had gone further up the valley to catch Koolau by surprise. Koolau and family kept going till they reached Kaumeheiwa’s house and found there a lot of their friends. Koolau told them that he was in search of Louis Stoltz and if they were afraid told them to go somewhere else. Penikila was there and Koolau upbraided him for telling a falsehood and told him he ought to be shot, but told him he would forgive him, as he was after Louis Stoltz only. The most of the people went further down towards the beach. Continue reading