** Ke Kai Hoee Ma Koolau, Kauai / Tsunami at Koolau, Kauai

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** Ke Kai Hoee Ma Koolau, Kauai / Tsunami at Koolau, Kauai

I have news to relay to you so you may report it to all of our friends who enjoy news across the island chain.  It is news to see current events of other places.

Here’s that news.  I am writing about the afternoon of Friday, August 23rd.  At Pilaa, a tsunami was seen, and one man was lost to the wave.  His name was Kulu.  Here is the report of the tsunami:  On that afternoon, my family and I went to Piikalama’s house, and upon arriving at the house, there were only two people in the house, Miss Laheamanu and her grandfather.  Shortly after, we heard my mother exclaiming, “Some news! Some news! There was a tsunami, Kulu was lost to sea,” when we heard this news, we ran to the Mikiloa cliff that faces the beach, for we knew that they always went fishing, and Kulu was a pole fisherman.  While they were fishing, they saw an swift recession of the ocean on the sandy beach. At that point, they called out to Kaulu and Haole to return, because they saw that there were no waves, and it was very calm, no wind, but Haole said to Kulu, the sea has receded, let us go back.  Kulu agreed, and they began to go back, but as they were wading  the ocean began to rise quickly and came far inland, approximately ten chains from the sand, to places never touched by the sea since ancient times until today, this being the first time it was being seen.  Kaulu was caught by the force of the water and lost into the rough, whirling water of the ocean. People on shore were alarmed, racing to summon a man named Paniipuka, to help to retrieve (Kulu) on a canoe. As he paddled out he was almost unable to paddle the canoe straight because of the force of the ocean’s recession.  Paniipuka strived harder to paddle and reached Kulu, who was almost gone, his spirit heading for the sun, for someplace warm, and who had no words to say at that time.  As they neared the sand, a large shark was seen swimming in the area where Kulu had been swept to sea.  If it had arrived while Kulu was still swimming, then its day of hunger would have been ended.  When I looked carefully, it seemed the length was three fathoms and its width, four feet, or so I could see.

It was the first time this kind of high sea was seen here in Koolau and other places close by since olden times.  The works of the Lord of Lords has been astonishing these days.  High seas have been heard about in other places throughout our island chain, and for the first time it was seen today.  That’s all for the news I have to tell you, Kuokoa, and your captain who navigates.

John Ku



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Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, September 7, 1872
, Book: 11, Number: 36, Page: 3