Frightening story from Wananalua, Hana! 1859.

Strong Rain and Wind.

O Hae Hawaii:

Aloha oe:—On the 4th of April, it was a calm day; it was a day that Hana people drove in flying fish [malolo] into nets, and the young flying fish came  back; in the evening, Kaanaana and Malulu went deep water fishing with hook and line, and not long after, the wind and rain came; Kaanaana quickly pulled up the anchor [pohaku], and Malulu urged Kanaana, “Cut the line and let’s paddle at once.” Kaanaana pulled up all the line into the canoe. They paddled for shore, but they did not reach it; there was a lot of rain and wind and they could not paddle away, the canoe went back, and the shore grew dark and could not be seen; they  were lost at sea, it became dark, there was great rain and wind, and great lightning and thunder that night. They flipped over twice and the opening of the canoe was turned underneath, and they righted the canoe, and Malulu lost his paddle and the canoe only had one left. The canoe turned over with the billows and they were in danger of death for the second time. That night became day, that was the fith day, and the canoe did not turn over that day. That day turned into night; there was no calm and the land could not be seen; there was much rain and wind. They nearly died twice that night, and the ama of the canoe came off; Kaanaana jumped to it and binded the ama fast; they sat and the canoe was once again overturned by the billows, and they  were in danger of death again; that was the fourth time they were in peril. It became day, and it was the sixth day; the wind died down a bit but the rain was strong; they sat in the canoe without food or clothing. Continue reading


Rice cultivation in Hana, Maui, 1862.

[Found under: “NEWS OF HAWAII NEI.”]

RICE.—We are overjoyed to see that rice is planted by one of our friends, S. Kamakahiki, in Hana, East Maui; there is a lot of grain and it is of good quality; why O Friends, are you dallying on planting this good source of money? We are amazed at the small number of people undertaking the growing of rice in Hana, for this is how it is, according to the letter of S. Kamakahiki, like this:

“I am the only one growing Rice here in Hana; I am harvesting the Rice and storing it at my house; I am filled with joy that I have found this good occupation.”

(Kuokoa, 2/15/1862, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke I, helu 12, Aoao 2. Feberuari, 15, 1862.

Cold weather on Maui, 1866.

Hail in Keanae.

When we went to Wailua, from Keanae, and entered the church, the reason we went there was for Sunday services; while we were there, we were singing hymns hoping that a big crowd would come, at which point the prayers would be held, however, there was a shower, but not so big.

Here is the News: there was a big rumbling atop the Church as if it was being demolished with Carpenter’s hammers; none of us looked outside but Rev. S. Kamakahiki was standing by the window and saw hard white balls like the size of marbles, similar also in its spherical shape and hardness. Rev. S. Kamakahiki called out, “This is something new,” and we went to see for ourselves.

We were all agitated as this was our first time witnessing this new amazing thing; it was like rain, the way so much of them fell to the ground. After they fell, we went to pick some up and place them in our hats, and we tried to eat some of the balls. It was really cold, and we thought these were perhaps hailstones as seen in the Bible. Joshua 10:11, many people perished from the hailstones. Here is the question: How do you know a hailstone? Someone tell us, so are confusion is cleared. With Aloha.

The students of the Hymn School of Keanae.
Keanae, December 13, 1866.

(Kuokoa, 2/2/1867, p. 4)

Huahekili ma Keanae

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke VI, Helu 5, Aoao 4. Feberuari 2, 1867.