More snow on Hualalai, 1862.

[Found under: “NA MEA HOU O HAWAII NEI.]

Great Snow.—Z. P. Kumukula of Waimea, Hawaii wrote about the great amount of snow on Mauna Kea and Hualalai on the 15th of Feb. Two-thirds of the mountain was covered with snow.

(Kuokoa, 3/8/1862, p. 2)

Hau Nui.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke I, Helu 15, Aoao 2. Maraki 8, 1862.


Snow… up in the Waianae mountains? 1862.

The Weather.

This unfailing topic of general conversation has suffered no diminution of late. Thunder, lighting, rain and hail, and even snow, according to some, have prevailed in quantities and duration beyond the memory of the “oldest inhabitant.” On Friday night, the 14th inst., hail fell in Koolauloa on this island, and we are told, in quantities to be scooped up by the hands, and people crossing the Waianae mountains that night report that snow fell thick on the mountain peaks. On Saturday morning the thermometer in Honolulu stood at 53°, and credible people aver that the saw snow flakes in the air, though they melted by or before touching the ground. Wednesday morning, this week, a thunderstorm passed over this town from the Southwest which, for sharpness of lightning and loudness of thunder, was the severest of many years. The lightning apparently played over the town in every direction, yet, we are happy to say, without any damage, excepting that a Chinaman was knocked down in the street and remained for some time perfectly paralysed before coming to, and a man, hoisting the colors on a flagstaff, felt a blow over the wrist which benumbed the hand for upwards of an hour before it passed off. In the afternoon of the same day the weather cleared up a little, but during the night, between 11½ and 3 o’clock, the thunderstorm raged again in all imaginable fury, accompanied with showers of rain so severe that it seemed almost impossible for any roofing to withstand the force of the fall or the weight of the falling water. The Waikiki plains were at one time almost literally a sheet of water, and partial freshets occurred in several directions, though the main river of the Nuuanu Valley was not filled so as to endanger the bridge leading over it. How many inches, or rather feet, of rain fell that night we have not learned, but the amount must have been enormous.

[This was a very strange year. Hualalai was cloaked in snow as well!]

(Polynesian, 2/22/1862, p. 2)

The Weather.

The Polynesian, Volume XVIII, Number 43, Page 2. February 22, 1862.

More about snow on Molokai, 1912.

We received word saying that some precipices of the Olokui Mountain, Molokai is covered with snow; it was half a century ago when snow first fell on that island. The Koolau side of Molokai is tremendously cold. [He muekekei hoi a kau hapa mai, hoi ka mehana a ka wili huluhulu. ??]

[Although the previous article says Emma Nakuina thought there never was snow on Molokai before, this here seems to say that snow was recorded on Molokai some time before this!

And does anyone have clarity on the last sentence of the article?]

(Kuokoa Home Rula, 3/15/1912, p. 1)

He lono kai loaa mai nei...

Kuokoa Home Rula, Buke X, Helu 11, Aoao 1. Maraki 15, 1912.

If you think we’ve been having strange weather lately… Snow on Molokai? 1912.



On her way home from Molokai, Mrs. Emma Nakuina brought proof of snow [hau sano] falling on Molokai, and you can clearly see the whitening of the mountain tops behind Pukoo with snow. In the history of the inhabitation of Molokai, there has never been seen this amazing thing on that island from the beginning, and this is the first time that snow has been seen falling on Molokai. According to Mrs. Nakuina.

H. D. Bowen stated that snow fell in great quantities on the mountain behind Pukoo, so that you could see clearly the patches of snow in many places on the ridges as well as down in the valleys.

You can see the snow all the way from the harbor of Pukoo and the shore, according to Mr. Bowen. He has some land next to [illegible because of fold] and while he was there, he saw the snow.

I believe this is the first time that man remembers that snow fell on Molokai, said Mrs. Nakuina.

So it is perhaps because of the cold we’ve had these past days that snow fell on Molokai. According to the scientists, the time is coming where the tropic zone will become arctic, and will be covered in snow. Could this be the beginning of this?

[See the article from which this was translated [?] and more in The Hawaiian Star, 3/11/1912, pp. 1 & 5.]

(Aloha Aina, 3/16/1912, p. 1)


Ke Aloha Aina, Buke XI, Helu 11, Aoao 1. Maraki 16, 1912.

Snow on Hualalai 150 years ago. 1862.

Much Snow, and cold.

O People reading the Hoku Loa. There is News seen here in Waimea; on the 15th of February, there was extreme cold; there was snow on Mauna Kea, and it almost reached its base, and there was snow atop Hualalai. It was the first time I saw snow on Hualalai in 30 years. What is this? What is it a sign of? There was also heavy rains earlier.

If the heavy rains lasted for a couple of hours, it would have had a massive flood [Kaiakahinalii] here. The livestock and people would have been in trouble. But no! the rain, thunder, and lightning soon stopped. The people were still afraid; When will the people be afraid of the smoke, thunder, and lightning of Gehenna, and go to the protection of Jesus?


(Hoku Loa, 3/1862, p. 34.)

Hau nui, me ke anu.

Ka Hoku Loa, Buke III, Helu 9, Aoao 34. Maraki, 1862.