** Haukawewe Ka Madame O Kilauea, Pii Ke Okoko O Ke Ahi Iluna O Mokuaweoweo / The Madame of Kilauea is Clattering Away Embers of the Fires Rise Over Mokuaweoweo

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** Haukawewe Ka Madame O Kilauea, Pii Ke Okoko O Ke Ahi Iluna O Mokuaweoweo / The Madame of Kilauea is Clattering Away Embers of the Fires Rise Over Mokuaweoweo

On the night between the 14th and 15th of this February, my mind was surprised and I was startled at seeing the woman of Kīlauea rising with her Madamely beacon over Maunaloa at a place called Mokuʻāweoweo. It came with full illumination of Kaʻū from side to side. The volcanic fires were seen flowing like water atop the mountain breaking like a wave. That night, I brought the newspaper to try and see if I could read it, and I was able like in the midday sun.

Seemingly this is the first born of my witnessing the great fires of the volcano above Mokuʻāweoweo. And because of my being away from my homeland for some years past, I asked my friends about the volcano of 1848 that flowed down to Kahuku in Kaʻū, and the answer I got was that this eruption was greater than that time.

Wondrous and beautiful are the works of the Lord. Praised be He in the high heavens, peace on earth, goodwill to men.

M. Nakuaau

Hokukano, Kaʻū. Feb. 16, 1877.

 

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Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, March 3, 1877
, Book: 16, Number: 9, Page: 2