Joe Kauwila captures shark in Hana, 1903.



It is not often that any one is towed under water by a shark and lives to tell the tale, but this is precisely what happened last Thursday to Joe Kauwila a native sailor aboard the steamer Claudine. Not only did he survive the experience, but at last accounts he was shoving a truck at the Wilder wharf today helping to load the steamer Claudine with freight.

On Thursday at Hana while the Claudine was in the port, the sailors heard that a dead horse had been moored near one of the buoys, for the purpose of attracting a shark. A big shovel nose shark about 12 feet in length, came circling in the vicinity of the horse. Captain Parker took a boat crew and went over by the buoy. J. Welch a man from the shore, shot at the shark with a rifle and struck the shark in the head and evidently stunned it. The idea of Captain Parker and the men in the boat was to get a line on the shark and haul it aboard. There were two young natives in the boat one of them Joe Kauwila. Joe is about 18 years of age and the other man about 20.

The shark could be seen a few yards away lying on its back. Some thought the shark had been killed. The natives talked of going over with the line.

“I think he no make,” ejaculated one of the men.

“Oh! I think he make, all right,” declared Joe. “Any how, plenty more kanakas. I try get line on him.” Joe hauled off his shirt, seized the line and started swimming toward the shark. He caught hold of the shark’s tail and began to put the line over the tail. The instant that the shark felt the boy catch hold of its tail, the shark sprang into sudden life, and started to swim. Joe held onto the shark’s tail though. Down went the shark intending evidently to dive under the boat. Continue reading


Whale vs Shark, 1909.


Seeing a fight between a Shark and a Whale was something entranced the tourists of the Moana Hotel outside of Waikiki at ten o’clock or so in the morning of this past Wednesday.

Just as the tourists usually do when staying at that hotel, they often go out to the lanai to watch the steamships leaving Honolulu Harbor, and that is why they gathered on the lanai to watch the departure of the Steamship Alameda.

When the Alameda was nearing directly outside of the hotel, the jumping of a huge whale was seen, as it kept striking its tail upon the surface of the sea. Continue reading

Carl Nakuina’s shark attack news spreads far to Utah, 1917.


HONOLULU, T. H., Aug. 30 (by mail).—Honolulu has probably the only man who was ever bitten by a shark in an automobile. If the sentence appears confused, it is nevertheless correct, for both the man and the shark were in the automobile at the time.

Carl Nakuina, an employee of a local poi factory, went to Nanakuli, on the shores of this island, last Sunday to fish. He had bigger luck than he anticipated in, for he hooked a twelve-foot shark. Continue reading

Shark attack, 1874.

Fight with a Fish.—While a party of native fishermen were in the sea at Waikiki, a shark attacked one of them, seizing his thumb, and in extricating it from the shark’s jaw, the flesh was stripped clean off from the third joint to the tip of the thumb, leaving the bones bare. The fish was then chased by the party of fishermen, but instead to steering for the open sea, again attacked the man whose hand he had bitten, in this instance seizing him by the thigh, and inflicting two horrible gashes, from which it will take weeks for him to recover. The fishermen beat the infuriated shark so lustily with their paddles that they soon killed him, and dragged him ashore, where the old wonded man ordered that he be burnt, which was done.

(Hawaiian Gazette, 5/20/1874, p. 3)

Fight with a Fish.

The Hawaiian Gazette, Volume X, Number 20, Page 3. May 20, 1874.

John Kaina, Kamehameha senior classman, 1941.


(Written by Louis Agard)


The Bishop Museum [hale hoahu o na mea kahiko o Bihopa] published picture postcards [pepa kii haleleka] showing Hawaiian pictures. Amongst the cards printed is a picture of John Kaina, a senior classman at Kamehameha. John Kaina’s picture is printed in this group of postcards. The first group is made up of twelve eleven cards. Continue reading

Mild hula ku’i and California Midwinter International Exposition, 1894.


The S. S. Australia Carries the Hawaiian Exhibit.

The departure of the S. S. Australia for the Coast was delayed until nearly 1 o’clock on account of the late arrival at the Oceanic wharf of articles to be exhibited at the Midwinter Fair in San Francisco, which has already opened. Among the numerous exhibits to be seen on the steamer were boxes of large and small coffee plants, boxes of large and small tea trees, brought from Hamakua, two wooden tanks containing different varieties of fish, including eels, a small shark, squid and crabs. The last two species were in one tank, and it is believed there will be a circus started between them when the aquarium is shaken up. There were two monster bullocks in stalls lashed near the stern. Kapahee, the famous surf rider, with his board, his wife and son, three hula girls and four other natives comprise part of the Hawaiian exhibit. Kapahee will give exhibitions in surf riding near the Cliff House, and if the water is clear he will dive and kill fish with a spear he has taken with him. He will also ride the bullocks. The girls under the management of D. Kaahanui will dance a mild hula-kui, while the others will assist about the grounds. Mr. L. A. Thurston superintends the exhibit.

Mrs. J. K. Ailau will make a first-class exhibition of Hawaiian curios at the fair in connection with the Hawaiian exhibit. She has taken with her four young ladies to act as saleswomen.

Messrs. Samuel Parker and A. P. Peterson were passengers on the Australia for the Coast on business bent.

Mr. W. P. Boyd, U. S. Vice-Consul-General, and wife were also passengers. They have gone to spend their honeymoon in the States. Both were gaily bedecked with leis and evergreens.

Miss Kate Cornwell, H. A. Widemann, Jr., F. M. Hatch and L. A. Thurston also left.

Mrs. and Miss Gerber, with their friend Miss A. Cahill, who lately returned from the Volcano, were among the departing throng. Mrs. Gerber and daughter left for home after a short and pleasant vacation on the islands.

Nearly all the passengers were covered with Hawaii’s tropical adieu, viz., wreaths and flowers. The P. G. band played previous and up to the departing of the steamer, and the scene on the wharf was one of bustle and excitement.

(Daily Bulletin, 1/6/1894, p. 2)


The Daily Bulletin, Volume VII, Number 924, Page 2. January 6, 1894.

Shark attack, 1914.


This Sunday, Mar. 1—A Japanese and his son went to pick opihi [kui opihi] on the sea cliffs of Honomu, and while they were enjoying the opihi picking, the boy slipped and fell into the ocean, and before the father could do something for the child, the boy was taken by a huge black shark.

The body of that Japanese boy was held upwards in view of the father, and when it went back down into the ocean, the waist was severed, and with the second bite of that man-eating shark, the body of that unfortunate boy was completely gone. The actions done by that niuhi to that pitiful child is truly frightening.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 3/5/1914, p. 2)

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke 8, Helu 39, Aoao 2. Maraki 5, 1914.

Diving story, 1867.

Almost Done in by a Shark—On the 24th of August past, a man named Kukahi of Puueo, Hilo, Hawaii, went to spearfishing at Milo in Hilo. When he was diving in the ocean, he speared and caught a maiii, and he took it off and stuck it behind him. An ulua shot by and after appeared a shark right before his face, and he drove that sharp-toothed fish away. Then he swam to a dry coral bed, and that shark came by again and grazed his side; he thrust his spear and it pierced the gill plate, and then the fish swam away and the man survived.

(Kuokoa, 9/7/1867, p. 3)

Mai pau i ka Mano

Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke VI, Helu 36, Aoao 3, Sepatemaba 7, 1867.

A great fishing story from Makaweli, 1937.

65 Pound Ahi Caught in Throw Net of Youth

This Fisherman Was Seven Years Old

MAKAWELI, Kauai, January 18—The hopes were in vain, of several sharks who followed behind an Ahi thinking that they’d have a meal, because the Ahi was caught in the throw net of a fisherman, seven years in age, at Makaweli, Kauai, at a children’s swimming spot, on the 12th of this month.

So that no one would doubt it, this child brought the tail of the ahi, and here it is now, hanging in the school room where he attends school.

The name of this child is Keoni Honl, the child of Dr. Honl of Makaweli, Kauai.

The size of the Ahi was 47 inches long, and 27 inches wide. This Ahi was caught by him in his tiny throw net.

Keoni described the capture of this Ahi in his throw net: the ahi thrashed about, even if it was tired from being chased by the shark.

Keoni was fishing at the shore of Makaweli, which has been a regular thing for him now since three years ago; when he saw that the Ahi was being chased by sharks, and that the Ahi was headed straight for the shallow area where children swim, he threw his net, but his throw missed; he watched once more, and when the time was right, he threw his net again, and the great fish was caught by the little child.

Fishing is his great joy. When he was small [haha], he tried swimming, and when he knew how to swim, he began to fish. When he was three years old, his parents gave him his own throw net, and with this he practiced until he was proficient at throwing net.

(Alakai o Hawaii, 1/21/1937, p. 2)

Paa Kekahi Ahi 65 Paona Ika Upena Hoolei Aka Opio

Ke Alakai o Hawaii, Buke 10, Helu 3, Aoao 3. Ianuari 27, 1937.