Dying of ohia lehua? 1944.

Death of Ohia Lehua Trees Is National Park Mystery

The dying of large numbers of mature ohia lehua trees in certain areas along the Chain of Craters road is  baffling the staff of the Hawaii National park.

Something in this volcanic region is killing the tree. The problem has not been  exhaustively analyzed, although soil analyses for salts, minerals and gasses have revealed the presence of nothing to account for the circumstances. No fungus, insect or plant disease has been detected. Continue reading

For all of you hula people down in Hilo this week, 1929.

HE HOOHENO NO KEAUKAHA

Noho ana au i ka lai
I ka ulu hala o Keaukaha

Me he ala e i mai ana
Maanei mai kaua e ka hoa

Huli nana i ka lae kai
I ka holu mai a ka nalu kai

Pa mai ana ke ala
O ka limu lipoa me ka nahenahe

Hookahi no au hana nui
O ke kui pua leihala o Keaukaha

Ke au ae nei ka manao
E kii e ako pua lehua

E ula mai la i ke kumu
E lei kohu no ko kino

Ko kino nui nepunepu
Hewa e ka maka ke ike aku

O ke kuko o ka lia ke loaa ana
I na pua lehua me ka hala

Aole la he hala e ka hoa
E kipa ole aku ai i ka home

Ho mai ke aloha la e ka makamaka
I kuleana ai au ilaila

Haina ia mai ana ka puana
Ka olu ulu hala o Keaukaha

HAKU IA E E—A—E—E—A

[A SONG OF AFFECTION FOR KEAUKAHA

I repose in the calm
In the hala groves of Keaukaha

It is as if it says
Come here, let us be together, O friend

I turn to look at the ocean cape
As the waves ripple forth

The scent wafts by
Softly of the lipoa seaweed

I have bu one thing to do
String lei of the hala of Keaukaha

My thoughts turn to
Going to gather lehua blossoms

Reddening the trees
For a lei fitting for you body

Your voluptuous body
They eyes are content to look at

My desire, my yearning, is to have
The blossoms of the lehua and the hala

There is no offense my companion
That does not call at the home

Give to me your aloha, my dear
So I might have kuleana there

Let the story be told
Of the sweet hala groves of Keaukaha]

[Let the lehua live forever! Wear it in your heart and not in your lei!!]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 10/8/1929, p. 2)

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Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke XXIII, Helu 17, Aoao 2. Okatoba 8, 1929.