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THE GARDEN ISLAND TUESDAY, MARCH 27. 1917
Our Grass House
y J. M. Legate
There are times even in Hawaii
at the foot of the mountains when
the trade wind whistles about the
house, and bang9 the shutters, and
rips the sheets on the line; when!
the rain beats in on the open ver
anda, or lanai, when you remem
ber how wet it is up mauka(moun
tainward) trailing through the wet
grass, and how slushy and nasty
the mountain ttails are. But there
are other times when the land
scape shimmers in the heart of
Summer, when the fields are brown,
and the roads are dusty, and the
air is still, then it is a jov to lift
one's eyes to the far away moun
tains, and note how cool and Rreen
and restful thev are. Then the
lure of the mountains comes over
one like a malaria, if one may use
the word of what so largely con
sists of "bonaria."
On such a dav we sat. in easy
chaiis, on our shaded lanai, drows
ing over light Summer reading.
"Let's go up mauka!" suggested
Helen, sitting up. "Let's take
the children, and our lunch and
old Clara and the old carriage, and
spend the day!" You might sup
pose, from this inventory, that all
these things were to be put into a
basktt together to form the materi
al basis of the outing, but I knew
better. There is a good deal of the
primitive savage in me, and the
lure of the mountains works in me
with nvuch the same virulence that
poison iyy does in some people.
The proposition suggested to me
a great gallery of attractive pic
tures and delightful possibilities
which I could scarcely resist.
"Alright!" I said, "Let's!" The
children hailed the prospect with
tempestuous delight, and all the
wheels of preparation were set in
motion for a speedy departure.
Old Clara, after the first few
turns eliminating other possibili
ties, recognized the inevitable, and
settled down to the low-gear gait
of long distance travel, and we
nestled ourselves down into that
degree of comfort which the old
carriage reluctantly accords.
We followed the macadam road to
the Half-way Bridge, then branch
ing off, and crossing streams and
struggling up steep, rough slopes,
we were upon the broad expanse
of upland meadow which extends
to the very foot of the steep jungle
clad mountain. In due time we
reached a point of thoroughfare
badness whera old Clara instinc
tively stopped and looked back as
much as to say, "This is the lim
it! Surely you don't want to go
any further!" We accepted her
verdict and bundled out. Wt were
at the foot of the mountain rising
some 2,000 feet above us, and so
close that, seemingly, we could
reach out our handfe and touch the
green sides Makui (seaward) we
overlooked the broad plain bril
liant in the yellow-green of sunlit
Hilo grass, and beyond the vivid
green of the cane fields, and then
the sea as a silver frame for the
"Isn't it lovelv here!" ejaculat
ed Helen. "I wish we didn't have
to go home." "Well, we'll have
to go home," I replied, "but we
might come back again." The
vanity of this remark didn't seem
to strike either of us. "It's the
being here, not the coming and
going that I enjoy," she replied.
"Couldn't we camp out here!"
Now camping out is a condition
that I have had a good deal of ex
perience with, and the romance
was worn off it long ago. "No
camping out for me! But I'll tell
you what we might do, we might
build a grass house!" There is a
measure of the permanent as well
us the ephemeral about a grass
house which makes it a desirable
cross between a tent and a real
house. It is inexpensive at least
we thought so, and yet it is roomv
and airy and dry and measurably
permanent. "Yes, that is just the
thing, a grass house!'' and Helen
jumped up and made a hurried
examination of the different points
of view, to determine just which
was the best detailed location for
"Have it open all one side, fac
ing the mountains, so that we can
enjoy the view all day if we want
to, and then have a big window on
me otlier side so that we will get
plenty of fresh air. and then have
great long "punee" bed the
whole length of the house under the
window, and don't have any glass
in the window so that it can't be
shuMup, and get stuffy; keep it
open all the time. Plenty of fresh
air is one of the main things in the
mountains! ' I had seen a good
deal of fresh air in rav time, and I
knew that the fresh air of a raw,
blustering chilly evening .was a
very different thing from ihe fresh
air of a balmv summer afternoon.
"Well, we'd have to rind some way
to close it at night." I said. "We
might have a canvas curtain," and
so we compromised on that. Then
on the spot, on a bare place on the
road, with a guava twig for pencil,
we planned out the house, roughly
figuring the amount of scantling
for the frame, and the amount of
rubberoid paper for the roof, be
cause after all we hadn't quite the
courage of our convictions and did
want a good dry roof over us that
we could "depend on."
And when we had got it all set
tled, we felt that we had done
enough for one day. So we gath
ered uo the children, and
the few dishes a n d broken
remains and wended our way
homeward, with such emotions as
Moses must have cherished as he
came back to the noisy, common
place Children of Israel, after talk
ing face to face with God in the
Now I cherished no mistaken
ideas as to my fitness for the build
ing as a grass house and if I had
Helen, anyway, knew better. Cou
pled with a large admirat'on for
my ability along certain lines, she
has always known that, so far as
the practical affairs of life go I
am as ignorant and helpless as a
little child, and she has always de
clared that we would starve to
death on a farm or ranch, if the
family living depended on my ef
forts. At first I demurred at this
pessimistic opinion, and tried,
gently, to set her right, but long
since I have learned to defer to her
better judgment in the matter. So
I didn't propose to build the grass
house, but only to superintend it,
or rather I might better say. be
the buffer between her and the
actual builder; to keep him up to
her standards of activity and break
to him gently her frequent changes
The time was when the grass
house building was a legular pro
fession; when vou would advertise
for grass-house artizans as you
would tor carpenters or painters
But that time is gone. Where
should we find the practical archi
tect for our dream house?"
In plain view of our proposed
house, and doubtless the inspira
tion of it, just across the shallow
swale at the very foot of the moun
tain, stood an old decrepit grass
house. The man who built that
would be the man for us. Togeth
er we wtuded our way across and
apprized the inmates in Hawaiian
fashion of our presence.
With characteristic Hawaiian
courtesy, they threw open the door
9nd bade us enter. In the poorly
lighted and musty room we found
a blind man, of middle age, and
his comparatively young buxon
and apparently devoted wife. "Ha
ole" visitors were an niirequent
occurrence in their lives and they
treated us with much deference
and no douPt wondered wtiat on
earth brought these "haoles." es
oecially this haole wahine to
their door When it comes to
Hawaiian conference I always have
the advantage over Helen. I am
at home in the language, and she
can only sit by and wonder what
we are talking about now. So I
alwavs take my time, and embroi
der the edges of my speech with
the flowers of courtesy, sowelcom
to the kindly Hawaiian heart.
(Continued in next issue.)
In Twn Circuit Court. Fifti
Circuit, Territory of
At Chambers In Probate,
In the matter of the estate of
Manuel joaquin Pavao, deceased.
Notice to Creditors
The undersigned ManuelJ. Car
valho, the duly appointed, quali
fied. and acting administrator of the
estate of Manuel joaquin Pavao, de
ceased, hereby gives notice to all
persons having cla:ms against the
Estate of the said Manuel Joaquin
Pavao, deceased to present such
claims, duly authenticated, and with
ptoper vouchers, if anyexifct, even
though such claims b; stcuied by
mortgage ot real estate, to the un-
ersigned, at his place of business
at Makaweli, Kauai, Camp No. 4,
Territory of Hawaii, within six
months from the date of this pub-
ication. and if not vet due within
six montns irom tne nav tnev tan
due, or such claims will be forever
Dated at Lihue, Kauai, March
Manukl J. CaIivalho.
Administrator of the estate of
Manuel Joaquin Carvalho, deceas-
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