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The Garden Island. (Lihue, Kauai, H.T.) 1902-current, November 04, 1919, Image 4

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THE GARDEN ISLAND, TUESDAY. NOV.: 4; 1919
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A High School Hike
With Adventures
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Read the Garden Island
Under the personal conduct of J. M.
Lydgate, with Principal McClusky In
charge, the Kauai Hgh School en
joyed a very unique and interesting
outing and hike on Friday Oct. 31.
In two big trucks, some 65" of them,
16 or 17 of whom were girls, left the
Lihue Store about 8:30 for the upper
Wnilua falls, which they reached
without mishap in the course of an
hour and a half, in spite of consider
able skidding, and some uncertainty
as to whether they would mak It or
not.
Following along the brim ot the
ditch they made the bed of the stream
above the falls, and found that the
water was pretty high, so that there
was no chance of getting across dry
but as it was raining anyway that
didn't make much difference. Wad
ing in boldly. up to their waists In wa
ter, and struggling manfully with the
rushing current, the more adventur
ous spirits were soon across. In or
der to set the others across, especial
ly the girls, who were much smaller
and apt to be swept away by the cur
rent, the larger boys were stationed
in a line, and the girls were passed
from one to another, while Mr. Mo
Cusky biavely "backed" Miss Wilson
the sciencp teacher, across, feeling
his way very carefully over the slip
pery rocks, and with assistance of a
boy on either side to steady him.
Some fell in bodily, and everybody,
with the exception of Miss Wilson, got
wet, but they all enjoyed the expe
rience immensely.
There was then the pall on the
other side to scale, a nearly precipit
ous rock wall, but fortunately cover
ed with a matted growth of hau and
puhala by which, with many boosts
and hauH, and much frantic strug
gling they all got to the top.
From either side of the river, on the
high wall of the gorge they got a fine
view of the falls which are ranged In
a scries beautifully fringed with
setting of variegated greens that adds
much to the charm of the place. These
upper falls, Koholulelo, Hawaiian
name, are worthy of being better
known, and they are easy to reach by
auto.
Here they were In the open, grass
land country of the Wailua home
steads, across which they hiked nim
bly along to Puu Pilo, which some of
them ascended for the sake of the
magnificicnt panorama view, which
spread about in all directions, while
the roaring stream with Its winding
thread of foaming, white water, set
in a panel frame of variegated green,
lay belov them and at their very feet
From here another hike of a mile and
a half or so, brought them to the old
Hawaiian kauhale or village site of
Kuamoo which was the rendezous
for lunch.
Meantime the two trucks were to
come round by the makal road, by
way of Hanamaulu, the Wailua
bridge,, Kapaa, the Waipouli home
steads, and across the belt of new
homesteads to this rendezvous. And
the trucks had the lunch, which with
pots and pans, was too heavy to carry
on a hike. Also a party of ladies un
der the conduct of Mrs. Lydgate in
cluding Mrs. Moler, Mrs. Waterhouse
of Koloa and Miss Webster, one of
the teachers, were to come the Bame
way with more lunch.
But they didn't come, and every
body was as hungry as tho proverbial
meat axe, stimulated thereto by the
long hike; and the fire was all ready
and the site cleared. Finally there
was a halooing of feminine voices, and
shortly Mrs. Lydgate's party emerg
ed out of the trees mauka They had
been dalayed by having to get chains
at Kapaua, but had then made it with
out difficulty. Had they seen any
thing of the trucks? No not a sign,
they must be behind somewhere.
- They had a comfortable lunch for
themselea but nothing for a mob
like that, it would be only an aggra
vation.
Meanwhilo the pangs of hunger
were gnawing in deeper and deeper,
though everyone took it good natured
ly and no one complained; but any
one who has been young himself
knows how hungry you can get two
or three hours after lunch time. By
way of divertion, and that they might
forget their troubles, Mr. Lydgate or
ganized tin excursion to the Poliahu
Heiau half a milo or bo below.
This la one of the largest and most
interesting heiaus on the island, as
well as one of the best preserved
but, because of its inaccessibility, has
been seldom visited. It is an irregu
lar parallelogram about 250 by 300 ft.
paved largely throughout with flat
and w tterworn stones from the river,
some 300 ft. below. There are indi
cations of the various compartments
of a large heiau, the kings house, the
houses of the various priests, etc. and
most interesting of all they found
i what waa probably tho luapau, or cel
I lar-like hole where the bones of the
human sacrifice were disposed of, a
. square stone-up depression , about
j the size of an ordinary table. Careful
' study jnd the clearing away of the
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brush would probably reveal other
interesting features. The historical
society should take the matter in
hand, and invite Mr. Stokes of the
Bishop Museum to come down and
make a study of It.
Thi3 heiau, it seems, was a patri
cian one, which none of the common
people were allowed to enter, and
even the king and chiefs were wel
come only on great occasions, and by
special ir.vitatlon.
Mostly it was reserved as a sort ot
of private club for the gods them
selves, and tradition tells how they
had most uproarious times there in
the old days, with nightly feasting
and singing and beating of drums and
noisy hulas, and the boisterous ap
plause ot the assembled gods, which
disturbed the peace of the whole
country far and near, so that no one
could sleep, they could only listen
and lick their chops, and wish that
they were there too.
There were weeks of such festivi
ties on the occasion of the dedication
of this heiau, and invitations were is
sued to the whole pantheon of gods,
far and near, throughout the broad
Pacific end some strangers from far
away islands, accepted the Invitation
and came, among them Ka-maa-lau
and his sister. They struck Kauai
on the afternoon of the day before,
which wr.s pretty good reckoning see
ing how far thc-y had come. It is al
ways better to be early rather than
late at a feast whether for gods or
men. So in accordance with good
form, human and divine, they await
ed till the set hour the next morning.
They camped in sght of the heiau
on the tcp of the high ridge to the
south. Unfortunately they overslept
and it was broad daylight when they
woke up, and the people were all
astir in the valley below. This was
fatal to their plans, for if the com
mon people saw them it was all up
with them. However, there was
nothing for it, but to make a bold
rush for the heiau just across. They
did so, but the early birds among the
people below caught sight of them
and yelled at them in derision, which
rattled them worse than ever. They
veered end side-slipped and stumbled
and fell, with a mighty ruBh into the
valley below, Kamaalau landed In the
taro patches where he stands to this
day, up to his knees in mud, a great
perpendicular rock 40 or 60 ft. high.
The sister got a little farther, and
fell into the river, with a mighty
plunge that embedded her In the hot-
i torn, where she lies with her head
just under the surface and easily to
he found when the river is low. So
even the gods have mishaps. But
theirs were long ago, and only a
memory, but wars were right now,
and a painful fact.
We trudged back to headquarters
but still no sign,- and, no word of the
trucks. By this time it was three
o'clock or eo, and it was beginning to
be serious. A council of war was
held and It was decided that In the
uncertainty the only thing to do was
to "beat it" down the trail to the Wai
lua bridge, and meanwhile Mrs. Lyd
gate and her party would go round
by Kapaa, and turn back the trucks
when they ' met them, and we would
all round up together at the Cocoanut
Grove. We gathered everybody in and
called the roll to make sure no one
was missing, and started. But we
hadn't gone a hundred yards before
a breathless messenger arrived, with
the word that one truck was laid up at
Kapaa, and the other was stuck, at the
end of a narrow bridge, about a mile
back, and nothing could get by. Yes, It
had the provisions.
A responsible party was detailed to
review the situation on the ground and
forward the provisions by the Lydgate
automobile. And as soon as this ar
rived tho crowd fell to with the avidity
of hungry wolves baker's bread and
Hamlurger steak, broiled to a fine
finish on a big sheet-iron skillet. Noth
ing finer was ever known. Miss Wilson,
manager, Mr. McCluekey, chief cook.
Meanwhile the committee returned
from tha truck with the confident as
surance that it was there to stay, for
for days, maybe that no machine
could get by without disaster, and that
the only thing to do was to "beat it"
down the trail to the road makai.
where wa could get into telephon com
mua.cation with conveyances for
homo and this, of courso would have
to includo Mrs. Lydgate's party, even
though they weren't dressed for hiking
and the sooner the better as it was
growing dark and raining.
So downthe trail they all swarmed,
stumbling and slipping and sliding, but
in the best of spirits, it was such an
adventure! Anocher stream crossing
awaited them when they got to the
bottom of the ridge, the Opai-kaa, and
It was broad and deep, though
comparatively smooth. Mr. McCluskey
and Mr. Lydgate undertook to be burden-bearers
for the ladies, and the
former made it all right, but the lat
ter filled on a 195 pound burden
reeled and went over backward into
deep water from which they scrambled
out with difficulty without any more
serious result than a thorough wetting.
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