Eruption 150 years ago, 1868.

THE ERUPTION!

Up to Wednesday, 29th ult., there has been no further accounts of volcanic action on Hawaii. The earthquakes have ceased in violence and frequency, although the whole islands is still moved by slight vibrations. There was a smart shock felt in Kohala on Thursday, also the same day, a slight vibration here in Honolulu.

There are reports that the lava has again broken out in Kapapala, but we do not credit it.

We are happy to give our readers a clear and intelligent account of the late volcanic action on Hawaii, from the pen of the Hon. William Hillebrand, M. D., who has just returned from a close examination of the disturbed districts.

The account of the lava fissure at Kahuku, is entirely new to the public. H. I. M.’s Commissioner and Consul, M. Beranger, who made the tour with Dr. Hillebrand, has made a number of sketches of the most interesting volcanic appearances. Continue reading

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Honey Bees introduced, 1857.

Honey Bees [nalo meli]. Brought upon the ship Fanny Major from California were four boxes of bees. Currently they are in the garden of Dr. Hillebrand [Kauka Makaainana].

The doctor will attempt raising the bees, and should this progress, we will be blessed, because there are two good things done by bees. 1. They make honey, which is very delicious and valuable. 2. They make plants fruit, because when bees fly to flowers in search of the nectar within, it takes with them pollen from non-fruiting flowers to fruiting flowers and deposit it, and that is what helps fruiting. Therefore, all you people of Honolulu nei, do not kill or abuse the bees when you see them. Bees are a great help to all, without any harm.

[According to Senior Scientist and Cultural Advisor at The Nature Conservancy of Hawai’i, Sam Ohu Gon III, “In the big picture, in our modern agricultural world, honeybees are vital, but we should never forget our little-known native bees…”]

(Hae Hawaii, 11/18/1857, p. 134)

Na Nalo Meli.

Ka Hae Hawaii, Buke 2, Ano Hou.----Helu 34, Aoao 134. Novemaba 18, 1857.