No Ka Poe Holo Ana Ma Ka Waa / Concerning The People Sailing By Canoe

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No Ka Poe Holo Ana Ma Ka Waa / Concerning The People Sailing By Canoe

June 24, 1837.

We sailed from Kahaluʻu to Palaoa, and then a canoe had a hole in it at Waihae so we stayed there for three days. We plugged the hole until our canoe was fixed, and on Monday evening we sailed and landed at Awanui. Then we slept, and at dawn we sailed to Honuaula, Maui, and stayed for two days. On the morning of the fourth day, Thursday, we sailed on. It was an extremely windy day, and our sail got twisted, so we rowed strongly and landed ashore at Ukumehame. Friday was the last day of June, and on Saturday, the first day of July, we sailed and landed at Mala, lower Lahaina. Sunday passed, and on the third day of the week we patched the canoe again because the hole had become quite large, half a foot wide and two and a half feet long. On the morning of the fourth day of the week, we sailed to Waialua, Molokai, and spent two nights there. I asked the master craftsman to patch the canoe and he agreed. Yes. Several of our group urged, and several others supported, saying, "Let us sail, it is calm, and we shall land at Oahu," and I said, "That's up to your opinion, but my opinion is that we should complete repairs."

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On Saturday, the eighth day of July, in the afternoon, we sailed out to the middle of the ocean, and the plug came out when a wave crashed into us. The plug came out and someone fell into the sea, and that canoe was completely filled with bilge water. He came on and he grabbed a blanket and the plug and inserted them into that hole. The wind quickly calmed, and some of us jumped into the ocean with

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Ke Kumu Hawaii, August 2, 1837
, Book: 3, Number: 5, Page: 17 & 18