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THE GARDEN ISLAND, TtfEfltUt, JtJLY 26, 1921
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Fleeting Impressions of Kona
By J. M. Lydgate.
One that has nover seen Konaan
hardly realize how different it is
from the Vest of the Islands.
A Climate of Its Own
The climate Is different, and cli
mate everywhere pretty well sets the
tone for Life.
Elsewhere on the Islands you never
get ftr away from the ubuqultous
Trades. Kven on the lee side of the
Island thoy draw down over the
mountain at the back of you, or
whistle round the corner nt the side,
'and overhead you call see the white
clouds scudding by nnd know that
you're only In a temporary lull.
Hut In Kona you would nover know
that there were any Trades Rny-
horo. She has her own gentle
little winds at times l.ut they are not
levcti u kin to the sweeping Trades,
Mid nicjstly it Is the stillness of a
Kre.it calm, nnd Kipling's "Silence
that hung that heavy you were half
afraid to speak!"
No Gulches: No Expensive Bridges
The physical conf iguerutlon is very
different too. Imagine any place
on the Islands where you couldn't
fnd nor hear tell of a gulch, valley
or ravine in an tin; country sine:
And where bridges cut no figure in
the county budget! I knew that
there was no running water in Kona
but 1 asked "Are there no springs
even In the mountains?" "No, no
springs, except down at the seashore,
just under the tide level, there are
many springs that bubble up. stron;;
and sweet through the warm sea
water. The cattle know where to
Coffee: not Cane Everywhere
Kona is different in its crops also,
Everywhere else, the Islands over, it
is cane, or cano and pines, or cane
and pines and rice: but not In Kona.
There Is some cane to be sure, but it
is only In scattered, fragmentary
patches, and so unexpected that the
traveller cries out impulsively, f'Oh
see there Is cane!" It is like meet
ing a man from your own home town
in '.he depths of Russia or the wilds
Kona a Jungle of Coffee
Kona is synonymous with coffee
the world over utiu certainly Kona is
coffee at homo. With here and
there a break and here and there an
admixture of other things, Kona is
one great coffee jungle wherein
homes and stores and open clearings
are lost. The one main road wind
ing through, from ridge to ridge is
i narrowly hedged in on either side by
the encroaching coffee jungle into
which meagre, little narrow trails
plunge us into the unknown. The
current theory used to be that the
threes were kept carefully trimmed
to low bushes which could be easily
picked from the ground. But if this
was ever the practice, it is so no
longer. Now they grow to Heaven
ii nd must be picked with the help of
a step-ladder or a flying machine.
The Two Red-letter Occasions
Whop the coffeo Is in flower, and
the whole land has been suddenly
swept over-night us by a fall of frag
rant snow, or win n the fruit Is all
ripe, the lithe branches heavy-laden
with the red, beaded berries against
the glossy green leaves; these Must
be the two red letter occasions o
Kona's coffee charm.
The Home of the Kukul
If Kona Is the naturalized home o
the coffee it is the natural and indig
enoM home of the kukul. The st;ll
air unci the sheltered calm, taken
with the rich decomposed u-a soil
minister to its growth as no where
else on the Islands, at least on th
same scale, ami there is a spreading
st-iteliness, ami a thrifty luxuriance
of growth that mark Kona as preem
inently the land of the kukul.
The Land of Great Vistas
Kona is the land of great vistas.
Hising very rapidly from Iho sea, by
the time the Upper Koad Is reached,
where most people live, you are up at
an elevation which commands every
mount of v4sion, with an ever shift
ing panorama in the foreground, but
the fixed remaining glory of South
Kona in the distance. If for nothing
else but that view it would pay to go
to Kona, and though you forget
everything else that you see in Kona
you will never forget that.
Churches at every Turn
Kona is the land of churches.
There are dozens of them, some
times single and lonely, sometimes in
groups as though to vie with one an
other and keep the balance even,
which is likely true, since a Protest
ant fold more or less involves a
iitholic one, and the Mormons are
quite holding their own with the
others. What might seem the un
necessary multiplication of churches
in Kona as elsewhere on the Islands,
is to be accounted for by the deca
dence and shifting of the population.
A century or so ago when they were
built the people were there for
them, especially along the Tower lev
els. These people are now largely
one, but they built well and the
hurches remain. Along the upper
levels a new population has moved
in more or less of different races
nd different faiths and they have re-
luired new churches."
Many Churches: Few Worshippers
One ennnot help wondering how
much these cnurcnes are usoa: one
has the feeling that they are mostly
let alone, and that for all its churches
Kona is no more devout than other
places on the Islands. The baseball
diamond, I judge, is encroaching on
the Church in Kona aselsewhere.
Where the Donkey is at his best
It is perhaps an ignoble drop from
churches to jackasses but the latter
cut more of a figure in the Kona land'
scape than even tho churches.
One is apt to think of the humble
and patient donkey as a joke and to
make him the butt of all kinds of hu
miliating banter. He is' perhaps
among beasts of burden, what the
Ford is among cars, the subject of no
end of ridicule, but a most valuable
asset nevertheless without which we
could hardly get along. Kona certain
ly could hardly do without the donkey,
not only for packing but for riding as
well. As in the old Bible days royal
ty rode on this humble animal without
any sense of indignity, so In Kona to
day it is a perfectly fitting and proper
mount for peasant or prince. I must
confess, however, that it doesn't look
a very dignified or impressive
I have referred to the stillness of
Kona. a calm and quiet so profound I
that any unwonted sound carries far.
The Mauna Loa whistle at Napoopoo 4
or 5 miles away sounds as though it
was right under your window, and the
bray of a donkey somewhere in the
next district seems to be on your front
steps. It doesn't do to talk gossip
even in undertones on your own ver
anda, the neighbors will get it all,
more or less imperfectly, and it does
n't improve in the transfer.
The Fruit Country 0f the Future
Kona is a land of great possibil
ities, unrecognized possibilities,
perhaps, in many ways. But ,one
which specially impresses me is its
fruit growing future. The fertile
volcanic oil, tho sufficient natural
moisture, the equable climate and the
freedom from devastating winds sug
gest that it must be a paradise for
tropical and subtropical fruits. And
tho facts confirm the expectations.
At every turn, more or less neglected
and wild, we saw the most thrifty
and luscious fruits growing in an
abundance that seemingly found no
market, and we gathered no less than
12 delicious varieties. Some of them i
like the chlrimoya, scarcely to be
found elsewhere on the Islands. ,
Transportation and marketing facil-j
ities are the drawback. But some j
day these things will come, and tho
fruit business of Koua will be a gold
mini of wealth.
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The Hawaiian at hit Best
1 here is Just one other impression !
that I want to record, and that is the
fine sturdy unspoiled quality of the
llawiiiians that we suw there. Dig-:
nity. courtesy and kindliness mark'
the Hawaiian anywhere, but In Kona
there Is u genial, modest, frank re-;
sponsiveiiess of manner, and an utter
absence of anything approaching the
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j , at every turn, you get really tnaeuif -.pi fully their particular corner of It.
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