No Na Waa Lawaia & Na Kanaka Ma Luna I Puhi Ia E Ka Makani / About Fishing Canoes and the People Onboard Who Were Blown By The Wind

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No Na Waa Lawaia & Na Kanaka Ma Luna I Puhi Ia E Ka Makani / About Fishing Canoes and the People Onboard Who Were Blown By The Wind

On Friday night, the 9th of December, three canoes sailed off to go ‘ōpelu fishing. When it was dawn, the fish began to be seen by the third canoe. The people onboard this canoe were Hoʻonuʻu and Kauwahi and the place where they saw the fish and also fished was outside of Kahea, Olowalu, Maui.

The second of the canoes had old men on board named Naholowa‘a and Kamohomoho. The place that they were floating was outside of Keonepōhuehue. They did not see fish and were only blown about by the wind.

As for the first canoe, Nika and Keola were the people on board. Their floating spot was outside of Kāheka and when they saw fish, perhaps about 6 on Saturday morning, the 10th of December, at that time, the wind blew directly inland of where they were. Nika said to Keola, “This wind is strange! While I am familiar with this place, this is the first time I have experienced such a powerful wind.” At this time, the wind blew mightily and the violent swells of the ocean struck and turned the prow of the canoe inland, there was no way to bring it back because of the force of the wind.

The wind blew far out to sea, to where there is no land. The canoe’s outrigger became loose from the booms so Keola jumped into the sea to lash it. When he returned aboard the canoe, it became loose again so he jumped into the sea to re-lash the float but the lashings were broken up and the canoe was useless. The nets were still there, so Keola cut them up and swam again in the sea to securely lash the outrigger. He immediately returned aboard the canoe, and became cold from the wind and the billows of the sea. Then Keola stood up and saw the Nāhi‘ena‘ena outside of Lāna‘i. Keola called the people on board the ship to come and get them, but those on board did not hear. It was the wind and the currents that took them to the Nāhi‘ena‘ena. They went aboard the ship with their fishing gear, nets and paddles from the canoe.

One thing though, was that Nika was in distress, and when he came aboard the ship, he immediately went below deck to sleep, the cold and illness being the cause of his trouble. They had no clothes, for their clothes were completely shredded by the sea. They got clothes from the people on board.

Here is what they said: “Life is blessed by God.” As for the other canoes, what about them? Perhaps they landed, perhaps not.

Captain Helm (the captain of the Nāhi‘ena‘ena) was praised by everyone who understood this compassionate act, saving these people mentioned above, onboard the Nāhi‘ena‘ena.



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Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, January 12, 1865
, Book: 4, Number: 2, Page: 4