I was at Waialua today (Sep. 9.) and came back. I measured the border of the ‘farming school’ there, however the acreage is not currently calculated. The school there is good; there are 16 students and they are happy with the work and the school. They farm with cows and digging sticks [oo]; they weed the sugarcane, plant corn, plant beans, watch over the calves in the fields, irrigate, build houses, and other work, and they are greatly prepared with activities that are enlightened and knowledgeable. I saw the corn, and it is very fine, and so too of the beans. I looked over the land, and I thought of the land farmed in America; they are almost the same, and aloha for my land welled up in me.
The foundation of the new church in Waialua are filled in with stone; here are its dimensions: 87 feet long and 48 feet wide. The completion of the church will perhaps go quickly, because the lumber and the coral are piled up, and the adobe [pohaku] are soon to come. However, this all depends on the vigor and the patience of the brethren who are working on it. O Brethren of Waialua, be strong, don’t be hesitant and uncertain and lazy, but be courageous and your church will be complete in no time.
The congregation on Sunday at Waialua is now a little bigger; the great apathy of that area has been warded off, and some have regained their faith in the word of God.
It is said that there is much apathy amongst the brethren in Ewa. This is true in Honolulu as well; the churches are filled on Sunday, but the hearts of the brethren are not filled with the spirit of God. There is much sleeping, leisure, and true skepticism. Alas, we are living with apathy in Zion! O Let us awaken once more, trim our lamps, and be vigilant, lest the bridegroom arrive at once and we will be alarmed.¹
¹Referencing the parable of the ten virgins found in Matthew 25.
[Today was Liliuokalani Church’s Annual Luau! Mahalo to KK for thinking of me with a delivery, everything was ono!!]
(Nonanona, 9/14/1841, p. 23.)