Na Mea Hou o Kona / The New Things of Kona

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Na Mea Hou o Kona / The New Things of Kona

Plenty of Akule in Kailua-On the third of December, the people of Kailua’s net caught “akule,” many fish were snared in the net.  The basket net was filled, that is where the fish were left.  It was dragged with the intention of getting closer inland, but in doing this, the net ripped and ¾ of the fish were back in the sea. At this time, the fish were dead and people were diving for their own fish, some getting hundreds and others getting thousands.  Men dived until nightfall, but all the fish in the water were not retrieved.  Then on the 4th (a Sabbath day) the fish washed up ashore, and the stench rose, and they were buried in the sand.  The akule are coming in again these days, and it seems that they will be caught again. 

 

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Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, December 31, 1892
, Book: 31, Number: 53, Page: 4