He Puni Ia Nui Ma Hanapepe / A Large Catch of Fish At Hanapepe

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He Puni Ia Nui Ma Hanapepe / A Large Catch of Fish At Hanapepe

DEAR KA NUPEPA KUOKOA, GREETINGS TO YOU: — And to your Captain, please insert these little words of your friend into some free space in your body, which bears the title above.

On the 5th of November, G. B. Rowell surrounded one of the fishing grounds near Hanapēpē with nets.  The kind of fish inside included kōkala, along with various other types of fish, good fish and bad, yet this fisherman did not toss back the bad ones, thus we have this bit of poetry: “The fish-craving uplanders grab at anything, stirring up a fire for fish.”

He was a discerning fisherman before, but now, has become careless because of his craving, and he is greedily pursuing fish like this from this district all the way to Niʻihau. Not just the bad fish, but the good ones, are snared by this fisherman in his net until heads are rubbed raw and scales chafed off, yet he patiently keeps at it. Sincerely,

S. MAHIOLE.

Hanapēpē, Kaua‘i, November 17, 1865.

 

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Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, December 2, 1865
, Book: 4, Number: 48, Page: 2