Pauahi and Likelike and the edible mud of Kawainui, 1872.

[Found under: “LOCAL NEWS”]

Excursion to eat the mud.—During the most recent days of rest and relaxation of our royal one, Mrs. B. Pauahi Bishop, at her vacation place, Hanakamalaelae, Heeia, Koolaupoko, she and Mrs. Likelike Cleghorn went to see for themselves the edible mud of the pond of Kawainui in Kailua, and they formed an excursion. While precipitation from the clouds fell heavily, the two of them boarded a canoe and the mud was dove for; the beloved ones, as well as the multitudes of Kailua, Kaneohe, and Heeia ate heartily. The feast went nicely and the attractive items there were the pandanus-frond [lauhala] bowls that were woven expertly by the women. The characteristics of this mud is that it is speckled pink and gelatinous like pia; it’s taste is like cooked pia and it is so smooth going down. It is perhaps 8 feet to the bottom from the surface of the water where this mud is found. There are two amazing things heard of in relation to this Kawainui Pond: this mud, and the fish entrancing stick (Makalei) which was why the number of fish increased in the pond. Maybe it is because Kailua had no food that God made this mud?

J. B. Keliikanakaole

[Does anyone know if Hanakamalaelae is documented on any map? And also does anyone have information on J. B. Keliikanakaole?]

(Kuokoa, 10/26/1872, p. 2)

Moe kaoo i ka ai lepo.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XI, Helu 43, Aoao 2. Okatoba 26, 1872.