** Nu Hou Kuloko / Local News

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** Nu Hou Kuloko / Local News

We have received three letters from Kona and Kawaihae, and Kawaihae's letter reports that in the early morning of the 27th of March, people there were startled to see a rising column of smoke directly atop Maunaloa, as streams of lava flowed like water from Mokuʻāweoweo, almost reaching the base of the mountain. From 6 o'clock to 9, the lava quickly blazed along.  It may be flowing down to Kaʻū and perhaps to Kona.

- Here is Kona's letter, "This morning, the 27th of March, columns of red clouds rose over the forest from Keʻei to Kapalilua. It turned out to be volcanic clouds. Lava is flowing from Maunaloa. This is real news. It was sighted in 1858 and only now in 1868 is it seen again. If it flows directly into Kona it might enter Keʻei and Honokua." According to news heard from one Kona resident, this is a great eruption of the volcano, greater than the eruptions previously seen. There were also earthquakes that rumbled through Kona.


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Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, April 4, 1868
, Book: 7, Number: 14, Page: 2