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ESTABLISHED 1904. VOL. 10.
LIHUE AND NAWILIWILI
Debris Blocks Swollen Stream Near Landing
And A Long Stretch Of Road Is Cut
Away Japanese Seizes Live Wire And
' Is Killed Two Boys Drowned
After four days of licavv, inter
miHent showers, a n unusually
severe rainstorm broke over the
entiie eastern cud southern hides
of Kauai earlv Saturday morning,
tapering off, with more or less vol
ume toward Waitnea; and conclud
ed in the evening with a flood, the
like of which has seldom been ex
perienced on this island. Prom
abeut 7 o'clock in the evening to
nearly 11 the- water literally pour
ed down flooding the entire coun
try, making rivers of small streams
and turning low places into lakes.
Travel everywhere was an impos
sibility and people were forced to
remain at home or wherever they
happened to be during the four
hours of the deluge.
VICTIMS OF FLOOD
There were three human victims
of the flood. The first, n Japanese,
was killed by a live wire which
'hud fallen into the street at Nnwi
liwili. The other two were Chinese
boys, aired 4 and 13, who were
caught in the flood at Anahola and
THIS STORM'S HUG INNING
It is hard to say when the storm
had its beginning. Rain had been
falling every day for a week or
more, but on Wednesday its sever
ity greatly increased.
Saturday morning at the regular
reading nonr uie rani KuuKe 0l uie
Lihue plantation showed only .60
i I.. r
of an inch-which was lighter than
on several previous days and look
ed hopeful. Then the real rain bc
'jau. At 4:30 that afternoon the
gauge showed 4.10 inches Imme
diately after that theie was a let-up
in t he downpour a nd signs of
clearing appealed, lint tins was
not for long. About 7 o'clock, as
stilted above, the flood started.
At the regular reading hour Sun
day morning the Lihue gauge
showed 10.45 inches, making al
most 15 inches for the twenty-four
hours, and making a total of 19
inches since the preceding Wednes
day. It will be several days before
tha actual losses to Lihue planta
tion will be kuo'vn. The reservoir
ab ve Wailua, holding from 1,000,
000 to 2.000,000 gallons, w a s
washed out and will hnvc to be re
built. Flumes in numerous places
were broken and washed out.
Probably the heaviest (or, at
any rate, the most disappointing) (
happening was in the sweeping'
out of about 130 acres (an entire
field) ot young cane on tlic Hillside
ma-kai of the hospital. This field
hd been prepared with great care
and was thought to be protected
t from just what happened b v a
system of ditches. The flood swept
it clean of its soil taking tne yoting
cane, of course, with it. From the
look of things it is doubtful thatalKut $1,000. m tbe way of Ua
the field can be placed in condi
tion again, unless it beat very
great expense, The destroyed field
runs for about two miles along the
slopes of the hills, and is three to
four hundred yards wide.
Manager Weber states that the
.rainfall was the heaviest in the his-
tory of the plantation. All of the
flumes and other schemes of the
estate had been planned and con
structed to stand much heavier
strain than the highest previous
rain record, explained Mr Weber,
but the flood of Saturday night
was something far beyond any cal
culations. AN UNFRILLKD FLOOD
The flood around Lilnie a n d
Nawiliwili had no Mich thrilling
frills us thunder and lightning and
wind. Save for occasional gusts,
theic was no wind to speak of, and
the only noise in the air was the
thunder of the deluge. At Kilauea
however, there was quite a bit of
lightning and some heavy thunder.
MILL GETS IT FIRST
The neighborhood of the Lilnie
Mill was the first to feel the effects
of the downpour. In an hour after
the start the stream at that point
was filled to capacity, and later on
the valley was flooded, the mill it
self standing in a lake of water.
From there the torrent swept on
down through Lihue, increasing in
size and force constantly, until
Nawiliwili was reached.
Near the bank of the stream at
Nawiliwili stood the carriage house
of C W. Spitz and the barn of A.
Fukushiina, the liveryman. Both
of these structures were washed
nwny Ql ahont Uje same Ume Uw
;s,nasilcd houses bankn ig up against
the Nawiliwili bridge, close to the
bay. These houses and an enor
mous lot of other debris which had
also come down blocked the chan
nel under the bridge so that the
flood could not get through. A
short time later the water literally
cut a path for itself one hundred
(feet wide and twenty feet deep in
a straight line (the bridge being a
little to the left ol a sttaight line,
causing a bend in the normal course
of the stream) to the sea, carrying
away a section of hard macadam
road at least a hundred feet wide."
This occurred between 10.30 and
11 p. in.
TH15 IMMUDIATIC LOSSF.S
The heaviest los ptolwblv fell
upon C W. Spitz. wJhh carri.iue
house was swept out. Three im scs 'cd on and engulfed the district
went out with the flood ami it was back of the ice works, the tele
thought for a long time that they ' phone exchange, the Waimea Auto
were surelv drowned, but all of Works and llishop & Co's.' bank.
them succeeded, sometime later in
liiakin the beach farther down.
Three wago., harmev, ft&Hfetun. ,
stable cquitHMCHt, etc.. werca total
tj. W-R4MW us abed
against the bridxe.
a wagon ami a btixv. betide a;
lot of euiiHcut, feedaluf . etc. i
The Hamawo Start. tbe large
general mercbamlUc etal4ibatcNt
in the town, suffered a loae of
aged rice, home feed mm! oitor
good, the atore heme; flooded.
The store of Mr. Spitz wh
ed all of two feet, and considerable
damage dotHt to atbet equipwwral,
loot iiterchandiae on tb loor,
Contiuued on page 4
LIHUE, KAUAI, TERRITORY OF HAWAII, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1914
Swell From The Sea, Aid'jd By Sandbank In
River Red, Backs Mountain Flood
Waters Over Most Of Lower
A considerable section of the
town of Waimea was under water
nil of last Thursday morning atid
a part of the afternoon as a result
of overflow from the Waimea river,
The water in some residence pre
mises was two feet deep, while in
lower localities it ran as much as
three feet. In the roadway in front
of Hofgaard & Company's store,
in the center of the town, which
is higher than the region toward
the river, water was from one to
one and a half feet deep.
There was more alarm over the
situitiou i n neighboring towns
than in Waimea itself, however,
as evidenced by telephone calls
from everywhere into Waimea
for information. The people of the
floodell town" had had such experi
ences b e f o r e although on a
much smaller scale and did not
appear to grow unusuallv excited
The flood had three causes.
First, was a cloud-burst on the
mountains several miles above the
town, occurring the night before,
the river beginning to rise in the
early hours of the morning.
Second, an embankment of sand
which had been formed a t the
mouth of the river by the action of
incoming waves from the sea and
the outgoing waters of the tiver.
Third, an unusually heavy swell
coming in from the sea just at the
time the flood waters from the land
were rushing down.
Water rose to the top of the
banks by 7 o'clock in the fore
noon and it was seen that an over
flow was threatened. All the road-
men of the district were called out
and set to work at the perillous
task of clearing the sand from the
mouth of the river. They were suc
cessful at first, but the increasing
force ot the waters from both sides
piled sand back again faster than
they could remove it,
The Gotnnda hotel, near the
river, was the first premises flood-
l: a'ul fr01 thurc thc water mov-
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AMotner uoou stieaui sianen uu,m tne matter oi irrigation,
tlHt road to the right from the
bridge toward the valley.
Big Pine Shipment
Tbe freighter MUsoitrmi, which
will clear from the island in a few
U)-s, will take one of the largest
tfcitMNeiiU of pim-aple ever con
tained ie a iiiKk- carxo. She will
go tltrottth the Panama canal and
land tor uiueapok in New York,
wbert they will Ik distribut
ed akMtg tkvr AlWutic coatt. Mes
ift. AleKauder ft ttaldwin's New
York oftce baa opened a market
lor Hawaiiau pine from Maine
clear down the coat into Florida.
The water in the district around
the telephone exchange finally
reached such a height that it broke
ovur the road and flooded the pre
mises of J. McClellan and proceed
ed on down to Ilofgaatd & Com
pany's store, the square in front
and to the court house. The resi
dence premises of George Dertrnm
and Deputy Sheriff W.O. Crowell,
across the road, were invaded by
the water, despite the fact that
they are considerably higher than
the surrounding country.
It was about 1 o'clock in the
afternoon that the water was at
its highest and- Waimea people
seemed to really m:uifest alarm.
At that time all the rice patches on
the outskirts and other low pbces
were filled and there was practical
ly a continuous lake from the
bridge around to the highlands and
to the sea near the steamer landing.
After 1 o'clock, however, it was
noted that the flood was receding
and in a couple of hours more little
water remained except in the rice
patches and low regions.
A gratifying feature of the occur
rence was that not an accident was
reported, the casualty list showing
only a few chickens aim the like.
The rain, which began early in
the week, proved unusual for thts
time of the yetr all over Kauai;
the heavy and almost continuous
showers extending all the way from
Haualei around to the mountains
Friday night what was probably
the most general down-pour to date
of the month started in and Satur
day there were very heavy showers
all over. In Lihue, at times, during
the forenoon the water came down
in "sheets" and road-men had to
be Pent all around to clear the
ditches and other waterways in
order that the surplus might move
Cane is undoubtedly being in
jured by the excessive rainfall at
most poinls on Kauai, young cane
being retarded several weeks or
months in its growth, while the
juice of December cane will un-
doubtedly be much impaired. Of
course something has
that will be more than offset
The freighter Missourian arriv
ed at Port Allen last Thursday
morning from Kahului, Maui,
whither she had gone front Hono
lulu. She brought 100 tons of
freight and took away 700 tons of j
sugar and ,1,000 cases of pincap-
pics. From Port Allen the Missou
rian got away the same afternoon
and doubled back to Ililo, where
she will complete her cargo. She
will go through the Panama canal
to Deleware Ureakwater.
SUBSCRIPTION RATES, $2.50 PER YEAR 5 CENTS PER COPY
Sugar: Raws, 4.918.
OAIIU WINS rOLO
Honolulu Oahu won at polo, 13 to 12
was a great game.
Frank 15. McSlocker, one time
years associated in 1 usiuess with J.
night of heart failure.
JAPANESE AND GERMANS.
Tokio A peneial attack is being made on the German naval base.
Japanese being able to advance within a short distance of Tsing Tau,
The day's fighting ended with Japanese occupying King Wah
Wai, from where cannon are being trained on Tsing Tau. Three
German gunboats steamed out of harbor and two Japanese aeroplanes
followed, dropping bombs until the vessels returned to safety inside
The Japantse will send Red Cross nurses and doctors to Europe
to be attached to Russian hospitals.
THE AUSTRIAN FRONTIER
London The repotted fall of Przemsvls is officially"dcnied. Aus
tria is protesting against use of duiu-dum bullets bv Russians. German
dirigible dropped bombs on schoolhouse yesterday, killing eleven
children, Allied Servian and Montenegrin troops marching on Sera
jevo have reached Mount Kenianie.
The war office announced tonight that there is no change in the
The death ot Prince Adelbert is reported.
CANADIANS TO FRONT
Ottawa A force of 5,000 is to be raised among French Canadians
of' Quebec for service with Allies in France, in addition to lOQ.OOO
raised bv the Dominion government.
LANDSTURM ARE CALLED
Honolulu - Germany has called to the colors the Landsturm, those
trained between the ages of 3J and 45 years of age, classed as home de
fense troops. Copy of call issued in Honolulu vesterday by Consul
George R. Carter, in his ofTLiil statement, shows that he spent
$4,000 in his campaign for the primary nomination.
John Wise will handle the Republican campaign work as a special
committee. The secretary of the committ e will manage.
Philadelphia The Athletics are sine of the pennant and part in
series, Hoston to play opposite, unless all signs fail. New York crept
up on tliein by winning two games yesterday.
n BRAVE RESCUE
BY A SILL
An act of bravery on the part of
a small boy which occurred at the
bridge near Lihue Mill about 2:30
I last Thursday afternoon deserves I
The lad-Willie Ahtaka was in a
guava tree by the side of the swol -
len stream. A small Japanese boy
was crossing the bridge, when hisj
uai siuuicniy oiew on into ;ne
water. The boy, in the excitement,
jumped i'Uo the tide after his hat.
Noting that the Japanese boy
could not take care of himself , Ah
taka plunged in after him, and af
ter considerable struggling with
the rushing waters landed him on
shore, wet and verv much frighten-
ed but otherwise unhurt.
W. N. Stewart and wife, Mrs. J.
K. Cockett and Mrs. C. 15. Gray
were among the Kauai peopl? re
turning from Honolulu last week.
Kauai Land Grants
The Governor has signed a land
grant to Manuel R. Aguiar, Jr., of
The following homestead agree
ments on this island haca1sobec
approved: Robert D. Israel, Josep
hine L. Deas, Manuel Ferreira,
John Victoriuo, Samuel K. Kaahu,
Charles L. Kelekoma, Charles K.
j Litaehu and Klizabeth K .
j for lots at Kupau.
Fleming was hurt. It
collector of customs and of
13. Castle, died suddenly
Next Sunday's Baseball
Next Sunday's games in the lo
cal baseball series will be as fol
lows: Germans vs. Japanese; Fili
pinos vs. Huleias.
Manager H. D. Haldwin, of Ma-
kaweli, has gone to the coast for a
The meeting of patrons of the
t " : . t , . r i
Kridav cvenill,( was j)OStponed on
. account of thc inclement weather,
I miuui ki iiiiiuiiii seiiuui, eci tor last
The Matson steamer Lurline will
be due to arrive at Port Allen Fri
day morning from Honolulu.
Kddie Fernandez and his show
troupe had a very fair sized audi-
, cuce 1 in lWuie nail last evening
iand the program was much enjoy
ed. Pharos, the magician, and
little Alma proved fully up to ex
pectations. The company will re
turn to Honolulu by tVe Kinau to
Dr. Derby's Plans
Dr. Derby, the dentist, will leave
next week for the Coast, to be
gone about six weeks. Upon hi
return to the Islands (or shortly
thereafter) he will settle on Kauai
for at least a year.
The Maile Club will hold a meet
ing in lUeele hall Thursday even
ing beginning at 8 o'clock.