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THE GARDKN ISLAND TUESDAY. JUNE 12, 1917,
Reminiscences of Mrs. Mary -McBryde
lb'portod liy J. M. Ltvdgato K '
May 12, I'Mo.'
When I was 14 years of ago, after
tliv death of 'my father, wo moved
away to California that we children
might have the advantage of better
school, so that really my knowl
edge of life and conditions in Ha
waii is very meagre.
My father, on coming to the Is
lands, wont fnxt to Hawaii, Wai-
mea, I think, or the region there-
about?, when! he' remained for a
year or so, on a sheep ranch, From
there he came toVailua, Kauai,
following Turner, the man who was
drowned, in the employ of IIoIT-
sehlaeger. He lived at what Ims
always been known as "the Brown
. place," just makai of the Wailua
Falls. While here he was married,
the wedding taking placo I think,
in the Kethel Church, Father
INSTALLING A HOME
Shortly after this my father pur
chased the land of Wahiawa from
Kaniehameha V and moved over,
bag and baggage, to undertake
ranching on his own resources.
The first home location was near
the road, on the mauka side, be
yond Kawai-haka, where, until
recently, the remains of the original
stone houses might be seen, still
. bearing in rude fresco the names of
some of our boy, vacation, visitors.
This home, however, was soon
abandoned because of the fierce
trade winds, which in those times
blew nightnd'day with wearying
persistence; and this my mothers
nerves could not endure.
A ROMATIC SPOT
Casting aUnit for a more shelter
ed and romantic spot, she selected
the present site, which was then in
the, midst of a natural Hawaiian
forest of Koa and Lehua, with
ferns and Maile all about, and
Native birds singing in the tree
tops.- Most of all it was sheltered
from the roaring trades. So thither
they moved as soon as the neces
sary preparations could lie made.
Later, I' think, she regretted the
change, as, being so far from the
road, it was lonesome, and some
what inaccessible: and the birds
and Inaile letreaWl into the moun
tains. The soil was cold and unrespon
sive so that my mother had a hard
time getting things to grow, but
ultimately succeeded, as present
conditions show. The magnolia,
in particular, we were always proud
of ; it was a lineal dencendent of the
original introduced by the Browns
The new place' was called Brides
wood, from the name MeBiyde,
which was originally spelled Mac
Bride, meaning Bridget's son.
BUSY TIMES ON THE RANCH
Those must have laen' busy
times, foi, in addition to all the
hundred-and-oiie things to be done
in inaugurating a home, there were
the no less important demands foi
the inauguration of the Ilanch; the
most imjiortant ami immediate of
which latter was the building" of
miles and' miles of durable stone
wall. This work was done, at least
very largely, by means of what was
known as konohiki labor; all the
people on the place, Uawaiians of
. course, were required, according to
the old Hawaiian system, to work
so many days a month by way of
rent or local taxes In addition to
this there wore, of course, regular
ranch hands under steady employ
ment. SENT AWAY AT TENDER
1 was sent away to school at the
early age of five year, as there
were no means of education at
home, to the English ister's, where
I am supposed to have acquired my
English accent, though when we
went to England, they all declared
that we talked like American.
Later, Miss Masay was" employed
as governess for us, that is, for the
giirls. She was a well equipped and
capable governess of the thorough
English kind, who rendered good
service here on the Inlands for
many years While at the Sisters
school v we came home, of course,
for vacations. And during these
vacation we led a very active and
joyous life, largely in (ho open,
we girls being veritable tomboys,
ready at all things to hold our own
with the boys in any athletic or
strenuous enterprise that might be
(ienerally we brought home with
us from Honolulu, visitors' of the
same unroarous sort, and it was one
hilarious jollification after another,
the whole vacation through, until
we boarded the schooner to go back".
And when we did, I can easily be
lieve it was a great relief to our
mother, who could never quite get
used to our democratic ways.
Of course we all rode horseback
with the daring and abandon of
fiends; but. we were not confined
to that means of getting about.
My father was the first one on the
Island to drive a span, a sturdy
chunky pair that stuck at nothing;
and the vehicle they drew yis a
jwiiderous sort of carryall wagon
that would carry the whole family,
and stand the roughest kind of
usage without fear of breakdown.
When we drove over to Niwiliwili
to take the schooner it was as though
the end of the world was coming.
In those days there wa.? no wharf,
the boats lay outside, the breakers
and we were carried out bodily on
the shoulders of stout Uawaiians,
naturally somewhat at the expense
One of the unfailing sources of de
light was swimming not paddling
about in shallow water. Lawai
beach was the choice place; that it
was miles away made no difference,
that added to the zest,--and in
these days we never heard anything
about it being dangerous, that is a
modern concession to the malihini.
Nomilu .was another attractive
spot 'that no one knows about in
these days. We had, :i grass house
then', cool and airy, with a such
simple equipment as was necessary
for a few days stay. Here we spent
the time fishing, swimming, surf-i
riding, shell hunting, etc. with
just as little simple house work
thrown in as we couldn't escape.
THE SIMPLE LIFE: GOOD
In spite of being shut off from
stores and markets we lived very THREE G1RLL: A HANDFUL
well, or at least we thought so at There were three of us girls, and
(life time. Unlike the traditional I expect we were a handful, which
ranch of those days, we had all the was doubtless the reason that our
butter and cream that we wanted, mother found it necessary to install
had fresh meat once, a wej, had a Hawaiian nurse for each one of
excellent, home corned beef, and us. This 'nurse was responsible for
more delicious still,-spiced beef, us the whole blessed time, morning
the making of which seems to he
a lost art, one much to be regretted.
Of course we had poultry, eggs,
etc. in quantity; also a garden, with
garden produce in variety, always
plenty of taro, sweet potatoes, and
yams; and generally fish,, for those
were the days ivhen the Hawaiian
fisherman was expert and indus
trious, and there were valuable fish
ing rights belonging to our lands
which gave us our konohiki share
of the daily catch. And best of all
we had that keenness of appetite
and relish that made things taste
After my father was appointed
circuit judge he had fo be away
more or less, sometimes for davs.
and, I can easily
a dog life of it.
e us out in the
or together, and
noon mid night ;
believed ,he led
They would t:i
we would play in II i ' dirt to our
hearts content. Then in the after
noon we had to dress up, English
fashion, and try to keep clean the
rest of the 'day. We abominated
that afternoon clcanlines and bond
age', and wc broke away from it
whenever wc could.
Of entire we knew Hawaiian bet
ter than English, and absorlwd un
consciously the ideas anil outlook of
our nurses, which was bad for us,
but when we went away to school
we soon forgot ii all, and now the
ieii;y Hawaiian I Know is mo napn
on circuit, much to the distress of Jhaole" kind tl -at vmi have to, usi
my mother, who was very nervous
at being left alone there, and who
stood in. constant dread of some
thing happening. But nothing ever
did, and her fears were probably
with the cook and the yard man.
Needless 10 SMV ill spite of Jhe
simplicity, inconvenience, and even
(rudeness of life then, I look back
on it with pleasure as the golden
ape of I buvaii.
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