** Mai Ka Peni Mai A Ka Hon. J. Nawahi / From The Pen Of The Hon. J. Nawahi

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** Mai Ka Peni Mai A Ka Hon. J. Nawahi / From The Pen Of The Hon. J. Nawahi

Hilo, May 13th. - My dear Whitney, greetings - Maybe not 12 full hours after our meeting on May 9th, suddenly, very terrifying news arrived. Namely, a tsunami in Hilo! Here are the pictures that were drawn right after the covering of that sea also being sent along (The three pictures of the place where the tsunami burst forth it's terrifying actions can be seen in the window of Whitney's bookstore. L.H. [Editor]).

The first picture is of the state of Ohele in Waiākea right after the tsunami was over. The second picture is of the state of the young folks who escaped after the surging of the sea. The third picture is of the foundation of the place where the old market building stood.

Five died. One man, two women and two small children. Four were critically injured, and more than 50 or more people were left destitute. 30 or more houses were damaged. Fifteen animals died, namely horses and donkeys. The majority of folks don't have homes. There's not enough food for these coming months. No less than maybe $25,000 is the damage incurred. This is a time of rain. The haole and the people here of Hilo are helping with what they have, but it will not be enough.

J. Nāwahī

 

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Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, May 26, 1877
, Book: 16, Number: 21, Page: 2