** Ka Hu Ana O Ka Pele - Na Olai A Me Ke Kaihoee /The Eruption of the Volcano - Earthquakes and the Tidal Wave

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** Ka Hu Ana O Ka Pele - Na Olai A Me Ke Kaihoee /The Eruption of the Volcano - Earthquakes and the Tidal Wave

The First Eruption

On the 27th of March, Friday, at six oʻclock in the morning, the eruption of the volcano and the rising of the smoke above Mauna Loa was seen by the people of Kona and Kaʻū. The smoke rose straight up like a pillar of cloud, disappearing into the upper atmosphere. Half an hour later, the smoke was seen rising farther south, as if descending to Kaʻū.

On Saturday morning, March 28, the earthquakes began in Kona and Kaʻū and perhaps in other parts of Hawaiʻi Island. Those frequent quakes continued for two weeks, all the way until Friday, the 10th of April, and the last ships left Hawaiʻi to sail here to Oʻahu. Within those days there were around 1,500 quakes, when counted from big to small.

There were great rockslides at the sacred cliff of Keōua at the Kealakekua harbor, the cliff of Poʻohina at Kaʻū, the cliff of Keauhou at Puna, the cliffs of Hāmākua and the steep rising cliffs of all of the island of Hawaiʻi.

The most terrifying quake.

At four oʻclock in the afternoon of Thursday, April 2nd, a powerful, terrifying quake shook Hawaiʻi, Maui, Molokaʻi and Oʻahu. It was strongest though, on the southern side of Hawaiʻi Island. Houses were knocked down, rocks were rolled on the cliffs, the large stone churches of Kaʻū were torn apart. The earth cracked at Kaʻū, and a large fissure opened up at the government road at Kiolakaʻa, Kaʻū. This quake was also quite strong in Puna, Hilo and Kona, and at Hāmākua and Kōhala the people left the houses and ran outside. In Hilo, all the bottles in Dr. Wetemora's wood frame building shattered.  The plates, lamps, glassware were all shattered. Stone foundations of all the wooden buildings in Hilo all cracked and some collapsed. The brick chimneys of my house and the smoke stacks of the sugar refinery in Hilo were all tumbled, except for Paukaʻa's.

The eruption of the red lava at Keaiwa

Our dear friend, Pele Laimana, writes about the great quake of that Thursday, April 2nd. At Keaiwa perhaps is where this quake was the strongest. According to Pele Laimana, they laid down and grasped on to the weeds, lest they be rolled away. Trees here and there were knocked down, or they would be tumbled. Trees were knocked over eveery where as if strewn by a great wind. Right at that moment they saw the eruption of the red lava [ash] upland of Keaiwa, flowing rapidly for about three miles in perhaps three minutes. The width of this red lava that was erupted by the volcano was about one mile. Some houses and people, horses, cattle and goats were destroyed/killed by being covered in this red dirt [ash], they were buried alive and lost.

The plunging of the land into the sea.

The great quake passed, along with the eruption of the red dirt [ash] from the volcano, they soon looked toward the shore of Punaluʻu and Honuʻapo. We know, according to Pele Laimana, about the plunging of the land of the shore into the sea, where some houses, people and animals were lost in the sea. They left the house and went to the hill at the place of Nahala. In no time they arrived before their beloved friend, Rev. J. Kauhane and his family. That evening, others arrived and stayed with them for the night. Prayer was their main endeavor all that night until dawn, thinking they were going to die. A man arrived and told of the death of his wife and children due to the lava. A woman told of her escape, the husband was covered by the red dirt [ash] of Pele. There indeed were many quakes that night and day with loud cries and noise, as though the volcano was flowing right below them in the belly of the earth. They didnʻt think theyʻd survive, but death was something that they acknowledged.

At dawn on Friday, April 3rd, and Kale Richardson arrived from Kapāpala and said there's a road that they can escape on seaward of Pele's red lava. They quickly mounted the horses and rode around the lava to reach Kapāpala, and from there to Kilauea, and safely emerged in Hilo on Saturday. This red dirt that was spewed from the volcano at Keaiwa is a cold dirt indeed, it was not hot!

The eruption of the volcano at Pakini, Kaʻū, Friday, April 7th.

At 6 oʻclock in the evening of Tuesday, April 7th, the schooner the Okepelo was sailing seaward of Kalai [?], Kaʻū, and they saw the erupting of the volcano upland of the Kahuku church. The fire was shooting up like a faucet with a great fiery glow. The fire flowed swiftly like a red river at Pākini. The fire moved very quickly through the plain of Kamāʻoa perhaps, and within three and a half hours the fire reached the sea and flowed into the ocean. As the sailors of the Okepelo returned at nine thirty, the lava was flowing into the sea.

That's all that we heard about this last eruption of the volcano at Kaʻū.  Some may have died in this fire, perhaps not. What a pity for the people of Kaʻū! The Lord has placed his powerful hand upon them, and his actions are terrifying.

Our love swells along with the welling of tears for our friends and brethren in Kaʻū that were thrashed by the Lord through these powerful acts that he presented there. All the prayers of Hawaiʻi are being raised to the Lord for him to show mercy and to spare the lives of men and to lighten his hand.

The Word of the Lord is Relevant.

We remember Jehova's decent upon Sinai with smoke, the roar of thunder and an earthquake, and all the Israelites were afraid, and they distanced themselves from the mountain, and only Moses was the one who climbed up and met with the Lord and received the commandment.

In Psalm 114, it's said: "The mountains skipped like rams, and the hills like lambs. What was it, o sea, that you fled? O Jordan, that you were driven back?"

Psalm 29: "The voice of Jehova breaketh the cedars; it is true Jehova broke the cedars of Lebanon. He maketh them to also skip like lambs; Lebanon and Sirion like a young buffalo. The voice of Jehova divided the flames of the fire; the voice of Jehova shook the wilderness in fear; Jehova is shaking the wilderness of Kadesh in fear."

Psalm 104:32 : "He looks upon the earth and it trembles; he touches the mountains and they smoke."




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Ke Alaula, May 1, 1868
, Book: 3, Number: 2, Page: 6 & 7