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THE GARDEN ISLAND TUESDAY, AUGUST 28. 917
Log of the "Tenji Maru"
Notes on Trip to Nualolo Aug. 9, and return to Liliue Aug 11, 1917.
By Chan. S. Dole.
G:(X) a. in. August !), 1917: Start
ed from house, in auto w ith Sergeant
Gibson, on trip to Nualolo and
Milolii in a Japanese sampan, with
G:45a. m From Mr. Farley's.
Koloa, after Gibson took Farley into
the auto with him and I got into the
truck with Mr. Lydgate, Mortimer,
Homer, and Percy Lydgate, George
HoggvA. II Case, (Agent Territorial
Food Commission, at Lihue), and
Harold Marsh (teaching at Tuna
8:30 a.m. To Waimea, where
we obtained more supplies, at Hof
gaard's store, then to Waimea wharf
where Paul and Cedric Baldwin
joined the party.
9 : 20 a. m . From Waimea wharf,
after the baggage and provisions
were placed aboard the good ship
(sampan) lenji Maru of Oano
ano. (The second largest sampan
in the Islands the only one that is
larger being in Honolulu harbor.)
(The "Tenji Maru" is of about 25
tons displacement, and is steady
and comfortable.) Seven Japanese,
including the captain, formed the
Mr. and Mrs. B. D. Baldwin and
others were on the wharf to sav
goodbye to the expedition.
9:4o a. m. Passed Kekahaniill.
1 1 : 40 a . m . Passed the old heiau
at Polihale.the "land's end" of the
south side of Kauai, where the lofty
cliffs of the Napali tablelands be
12:15 a. m. Passed the mouth of
Milolii Valley, where we saw the
small house at the mouth of the
stream, the last house remaining be
tween Mana and Kalalau (which is
on the land now owned by J. K.Far
ley, a kuleana recently purchased by
12:25 a. m. Anchored, off Nua
12:30 a. in. To the shore, in
the first boat with Messrs. Farley
and Lydgate, and Homer Lydgate.
1:30 ). m. Finished putting up
the tent (one of the large army
tents, furnished by Sergeant Gibson)
on the sandy Hat, sparsely covered
with rocks, grass, and weeds, about
75 yards back from the beach.
This was on Nualolo Hat, just
southwest of the mouth of Nualolo
stream , which was formerly connect
ed by a hazardous trail over the
cliffs, (now impassable, owing to
the destruction of the ladder which
formed a portion of the passage
way), with the Nualolo valley,
where formerly w as a popu
lation of several hundred Hawaiians,
living on the fertile taro lands which
extended along the valley in a strip
about one and a half miles long
and from a quarter to half a mile
Their only access to the outside
world was by canoe from the short
and rocky beach at the mouth of the
valley, which was generally inacces
sible to canoes on account of the
rough breakers which beat here up
on the shore, coming in direct
from the open ocean, unimpeded
by any barrier reef ; or else by the
dillicult trail over the cliffs. The
sides of the valley itself, being near
ly perpendicular, and from one to
two thousand feet high, could be
climbed only at one or two spots,
and then only by the hardest moun
taineers. So the valley itself, in spite of its
fertility ami ideal climate for grow
ing taro and the other necessaries
of the ancient Hawaiians, is now
practically a closed pocket, with no
inhabitants and no communication
with the outside world.
We planned to land at the mouth
of the valley, and view the old taro
lands inside, anil the remains of
habitations, etc., but the waves
breaking on the rocky shore warned
us that the landing would be dan
gerous, so we postjMined it until a
more auspicious occasion.
Before pitching the tent, we in
vestigated the north end of the Hat,
a quarter of a mile away, as to the
advisability of putting up our tent
there, and found tiome good grass
Hats, and just back of them a bit of
swampland with fresh water on it
which we decided could be used for
cooking purposes but wee wary of
it for drinking.
But we decided that this spot was
too far from the landing to make it
convenient for use as a cam), so re
turned to the landing and the camp
was located near it, as already des
cribed. After the tent was pitched and
tile camp located, the party mem
bers all scattered, some going fish
ing on the tfeef in front on both
sides of the landing place ; and from
the rocks under the cliff at the north
end of the flat; some retiring to the
cool shelter of the tent, and resting
after the labors of the landing and
tent pitching; -several of the nim
rods taking their guns and climbing
the cliffs in search of the agile
goat; and still otheis, of a scienti
fic turn of mind, investigating the
I physical formation of the mountain
1 guarded plan, cut off from all com
Imunieation, except by water, with
the outside world.
One of these latter, climbing the
tableland which rises for 50 feet or
so, just back of the camp site, found
it crossed by a dry water course in
a gully cut deep into the poil of the
talus which lies along the foot of
I the cliffs, where in rainy weather
is evidently a good-sized stream of
water, plunging down from the lof
ty cliffs, through the soil tit their
foot, to the flat below.
Going up to the head of this dry
water course, he found that it emerg
ed from a deep cut into the .side of
the mountain, not especially not ice
able from the shore, which gave
room for a large stream to plunge
down from the depths of the lofty
The entrance to this fissure is only
alwut twenty feet wide, but it makes
a broad fissure in the face of the
perpendicular cliff here which is
close to a thousand feet high. Then
a few feet back from the face of the
main cliff is a cliff perhaps fifty
feet high, over which the torrent
flowed, after descending two other
"falls" of much greater height, one
of them a hundred yards back of
the lower falls, and perhaps several
hundred feet high, and the third a
quarter of a mile back of the middle
one, with its brink seven or eight
hundred feet above the flat. And all
of these sections of the "storm wa
ter" course are in the depths of the
narrow canyon, or fissure, cutting
through the depths of the mountain
in a course only twenty feet wide
at the bottom and perhaps a hun
dred feet wide at the top.
The coral reefs in front of Nualo
lo beach extend out for a hundred
yard or so, with the only opening
at about the middle of the beach,
through which the boats and canoes
c.oine to the shore. These reefs are
largely out of water at low tide, but
they are peculiar in that they have
a number of deep holes, in several
places, in which may be seen num
bers of good-sized ocean fish, es
pecially "nine" which evidently
swim back and forth at will through
deep caverns and channels which
connect them with the outside ocean.
Beside the moe ' and amaama"
and other edible fish, which may
be found in the markets, there are
quantities of fish of every shape,
color, and size, including great
reddish brown eels five and six feet
long and three to four inches in
diameter, with powerful jaws and
teeth that will create havoc with
the victims human or otherwise,
which they may'seize. Ihese holes
it . .
gave us some good hunting.
The reefs proved to be the favorite
resort of the majority of the party,
and many were the strings of "oopu
kai," "aholiholi," "puhi" (eel)
and other denizens of the rleep.
which they brought back to camp
to be transformed, by head-cooks
Lydgate and Gibson, and their able
assistants, into toothsome morsels
for the camp bill of fare.
Just back of the camp site was
the prominent "Kamaile" peak.
which is famous as the greatest of
the three peaks on Kauai from
which may be seen the spectacular
"fire-throwing" feats which have
always been regarded as one of the
greatest spectacles of the Island, The
other two are "Anaki" peak near
Milolii and "Makana" back of llae
na, on the north side of the Island.
Our guide, Kamnehei wa by name,
was formerly a resident of Kalalau
and he hail a fund of interesting
tales of the ten "fire-throwing" ex
peditions to Kamaile peak which
he had witnessed; five of which
were graced by the presence of roy
alty three times by Queen Emma,
the widow of Kamehameha IV, and
the other two by Queen Liliuokalani,
the hist royal ruler of the kingdom,
who still resides in Honolulu. The
last tune Liliuokalani was at Nualolo
was in 1892, shortly before the es
tablishment of the provisional gov
ernment in these Islands
At several of these exhibitions,
Kaumeheiwa said, there were crowds
of an many as four thousand people
to view the sight, some coming in
t He steamer and sailing vessels from
Honolulu, but the great majority
sailing and paddling over in their
canoes and other craft, from all
sides of Kauai and Niihau for the
Preparations for the fire-throwing
would be begun long before
hand, by the collection by expert
climbers, of large quantities of dry
"ban" and "papala" the most
suitable kinds of wood for this pur
pose, which they would store on
the top of the mountain to be in
readiness for the night f the cele
bration. Then, when the chosen night had
arrived, generally some time in
the month of June, as that is the
Harry Lauder Helps
The great war has brought about
many -surprises. Not the least
among them, has been the fact that
the theatrical and musical neonle
are being used to entertain the boys
m the trenches.
We read that Harry Lauder, that
Scotch humorist and singer, dear
to the heart of every one who has
heard his gramophone records of
1 hate to get up of a Sunday morn , ' '
"My Highland Lass." 'Snndv"
and other appealing songs has gone
right to the front and has given many
entertainments as well as much in-
spiration to the brave men.
The fact that he has recently lost
his -son in France and was on his
way to visit the grave, gave pathos
and stimulus to his bravery in sing
ing to cheer the other lads.
It will be remembered that Harry
Lauder received word of his son's
entrance into the war, while he was
in Honolulu over two vears nco.
stopping over for a few hours to give
an entertainment at the Bizou.
Those of our renders who were
fortunate enough to have heard him
then, and who came under the spell
of his wonderful genius, can form
some idea of his power to help and
cheer our boys.
You have to eo awav from home
sometimes to hear the news. One
of the late Honolulu naners snvs
that the ladies of the Mokihana
Club have invited Mrs. Russell down
to give lectures on culinary subjects
with demonstrations such as are so
popular in town.
By all means have her enme. The
ladies of Kauai are eager to partici
pate in just such practical things.
Mrs. Russel will find a heartv wel
come awaiting her when she arrives.
month when the air currents are
best and the assembled thousands
had gathered on the sandv shore
and were gazing expectantly up
ward at the mountain's top, the
exnert monntninepra wnnM Knnin
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generally about nine o'clock in the
evening, ana lor three or four hours
the cascade of fire would continue.
sometimes a single blazing brand at
a time, then three or four, or eight
or ten. the number hpincr limited
only by tho number of men who
had been inspired to mount the
dizzy heights. and these brilliant
bits of flame, thrown out of the
mountain top after they were well
lighted, would be caueht un bv the
remarkable air curients which pass
those peaks, and instead of falling
to the bottom of the cliff, as would
naturally be expected, are carried
up, higher even than the starting
point, and then far out over the
ocean. over the heads of themul-
tidues below, to finally plunge down
as the violence of the whirling ed
dies decreased, into the ocean depth
(Continued in next issue.)
A Relic Of The Past
An interesting curiosity, in the
shape of an old piano, was unearth
ed at Kapaa by Mr. Bergstrom a
few dayB ago. It once belong
ed to Kanoa, the last Hawaiian
governor of Kauai who lived at
Niumalu where the Trowbridges
The frame is of solid rose-wood
throughout-not veneered as are the
modern pianos. It has a hinged
key board that folds up like a writ
ing desk and when in that position
it resembles the folding bed that one
finds in the apartment homes of
A fret work front and two carved
and bracketed brass candle stick
holders add to its quaintness.
The keys are veneered with ivory
that has yellowed with age. Un
like the modern keys, there is no
ivory facing. Instead, one sees the
irregular projections of the wood
foundation that resemble the edges
of tiny shelves.
Taking out the front, it is seen to
have the bird cage ' action two
unison throughout, instead of the
three unison now in tise. Therefore
it has less volume, but more sweet
ness or tono: being more like a
stringed instrument, or better still
like the old fashioned spinet our
great grand mothers played.
The scale is very unique. What
we now call B is designated II.;
while A shape corresponds to our B.
The rest of the scale is similar to
ours. It is an old German make
the words "Kornang and Moller"
"Kiohenkaun," beautifully Inlaid
in brass, add the finishing touch of
It is certainly well worth seeing
and one wishes it might be housed
in some historical society building
on the Islands.
No doubt there are Kamaainas
here who could giye us the history
of this interesting relic of a by-gone
Points on Bananas
"They are wholesome.
They are nutritious.
They are cheap.
They are easily digested
They are always in season.
They are always available.
They are available everywhere.
They are all meat.
They are1 easy to handle.
They are convenient for the din
They are good food when cooked.
They are good food when not
They are the rich man's luxury.
They are the poor man's food.
They are put up and sealed by
nature in a germ-proof package.
They are produced without draw
ing on the Nation s resources."
From the Hawaiian Forester and
Dedicated to Mrs. K. Knndsen, with apologies to R. Kipling.
Far away from heat anil dryness, far above tlio beach and palm,
A spot to me is calling by its deep insistent calm.
Where the breeze drifts thru the mountain and wild cattle wander free,
Where the pigs root in the gulches, oh. it's there I fuin would be!
Yes it's there I fain would be
Looking backward at the sea
Where the landscape and the people such great pleasure are to me.
Up at Halemanu nei
Where the birdies warble gay
Don't you hear the on calling, on the heights at break of day
Up at Halemanu nei
Where the K. Knudsen's stay
1 could rest the whole long summer up at Halemann nei
When the sun rose o'er the forest, and tl'e bteakfast hour was pau
We'd mount our Bturdy horses, and we'd start for Kalaheo,
The dog would run Ix'fore ns, and scour the forest wide.
The whiles we rode the pathways with our,rifles by our side.
Wth our rifles by onr side
While they scoured the forest wide
Searching out the leafy coverts where the pigs and cattle hide.
Close to Halemanu nei
Grimly stands the boar at bay
Don't you hear the pheusunts crowing, in the woods at break of day I
Yes at Halemanu nei
Where the E. Knudsen's stay
You can bunt the whole long summer up at Halemanu nei.' 1
1 am sick of livyig always in the heat below the hills.
You can take your old plantations and your whistling stigar mills,
For I'd rather le a roaming on the mountains dewy crest
Where exhilaration IUIh you, and your life is at its "best,
Yen where life is at its best,
Has a keener, cleaner zest
And the fire place is needed as the sun sinks in the west.'
Over Halemanu nei
' Where the E. Knudsen's stay
Where the joyousness of living make a picnic day by day,
Up at Halemanv nei
With it's red nasturtium lei
Its a cure for all your worries up at Halemanu nei.
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