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title: 'The Garden Island. (Lihue, Kauai, H.T.) 1902-current, November 14, 1922, Image 7',
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THE GARDEN ISLAND (TUESDAY, NOVEXfBER 14, 1922
Another Conquest of
Waialeale by Kauai Party
The difficult Journey to the top
of Mauna Waialeale was accomp
lished last week by a party of 12,
the largest number ever attmept to
reach the "wettest recorded spot
-fin the world.."
After exercising their duties and
privileges at the polls Tuesday
morning the hikers assembled at the
home of K. Kualu on the east bank
' of the Makawell river just above Its
t Junction with the Walmea. Here
borses were chosen and packed and
start made at 11 o'clock.
Having forded the Makawell river
which was running high due to heavy
rains during the previous night, the
steep ascent up the west bank was
begun, under the leadership of
Charles Blackstead. A stop for lunch
was made In Kahae valley after
which the packs were shifted,
cinches were tightened and the
long climb to Kaholuamano Fran
cis Gay's mountain house continued.
Just after leaving Kahae valley the
party received it first baptism of
rain, an experience which was con
tinuous for the next 24 hours.
Kaholuamano,' which is located at
an elevation of 4000 feet was reach
ed at 4 p. m. and preparations made
for the first night's stop. An appe
tizing meal was enjoyed, and plen
ty of wood secured for the fire, in
the light and warmth of which the
malihinis listened to the legends and
experiences of the earlier days, as
they were told by the kamaainas of
the party. The thermometer regis
tered 64 degress during the night.
Shortly after 6 o'clock Wednes
day morning the calvacade was
Wednesday thru the thick under
brush, mudholes and swampy, plac
es to the point where the horses
would be left and the hiking begin.
Here the horses were left in charge
of the wrangler, Victor Manuel, shoes
changed, packs shouldered 'and the
start made for the long climb to the
Cave of Keaku where the second
night was spent.
Some difficulty was encountered
. 0 in finding the trail, the old blazes
having been become disfigured by
the elements, but under the experi
enced guidance of Messrs. Eric
Knudsen and Charles Blackstead,
the trail was finally located. The
first foot of the Journey led thru
heavy woods and swampy opens.
The ever-present rain made the
walking soft and slippery and added
every minute to the already water
weighted packs. The yellow waters
of the Wailenalena, the first mau
ka stream, were forded waist deep,
from here the broad ridge narrows
and the slope to the headwaters of
the Kahana river are seen on both
sides of the narrow trail.
By 10:30 a.m. the last of the four
streams of the upper Kahana water
shed was crossed and after cross
ing a forst clad ridge and traversing
the bed of the main stream and a
tributary the Cave of Keahu was
reached by a sharp ascent, and sud
den drop, thru the heavy foliage of
the tropical forest.
After a hot lunch and a Bhort
rest the trail was resumed to the
top of Waialeale and the coveted
spot where the big rain gauge
Leaving the cave a short ascent
is made thru the scrub ohie-lehua
and ohie-ba trees, then down again
Into the stream, the bed of which
Is followed mauka for a mile to
where the trail ' starts up the hog
t , FIFTEEN YEARS EXPERIENCE IN SETTLING AND MANAGING ESTATES v;;
back, over which the last steep as
cent to the top is made. Heavy
undergrowth and deep mud is again
encountered until within a short
distance of the top, where a barren,
muddy waste, enveloped in a heavy
blanket of fog and mist, and a sil
ence that oppresses, turn the weary
travelers thoughts to the sunny
Blopes and cane-clad hills makai.
A few moments reconnoitering
discovered the huge rain gauge on
the top of one of the mist-enshrouded
knolls. The contents were mea
sured by Mr. Knudsen and found to
show 340 Inches of water had fal
len since February 8th, the date of
the last reading. Each member of
the party took a drink of the "sa
cred water" and after emptying the
gauge, replacing and bracing it, the
backward trail was taken. The faint
outlines of the sacred lake, and
other points revered by the ancient
Hawalians could be seen thru the
haze and mist.
The Cave of Keaku was reached
Just before dark. Two of the party
had remained in the cave had a
roaring fire burning and hot coffee
ready when the returning pilgrims
reached that welcome haven.
Dry clothing and a hot meal
around the cheerful circle of the
firelight, relaxed the tired muscles
and aching Joints. The cave architect
had not planned to accommodate
as many lodgers at one time. How
ever, by a little doubling up, all
were made comfortable and a good
night's rest enjoyed (in spite of
the fact that several of the party
accustomed to sugar plantation hab
its, had arisen at the unearthly
hour of 3:30 a. m. and prepared
coffee in accord with their usual
custom). The thermometer register
ed 62 degrees during the night.
After an ample breakfast the
homeward journey was begun. The
upper Kahara river watershed was
crossed and the rivers which had
been forded with such difficulty on
the trip in, were crossed dry-shod.
The horses were reached at Kaho
luamano, an uninterrupted Journey
was made to the starting point on
the Makawell river, which was reach
ed at 4:30 p.m.
Why Waialeale is called "the wet
test spot in the world," and whence
comes the abundance of water that
is found in the rivers of the Garden
Isle, and . used for irrigating its
productive cane fields, can be read
ily understood by the dauntless doz
en who made the ascent to the
summit of the world-famous moun
tain. It is a veritable earthen
sponge, drinking in the contents of
the moisture-laden clouds in which
its head is perpetually enshrouded
and thru its surface and under
ground streams forming the rivers
and water courses that have given
to Kauai the name of the Garden Is
land. Although somewhat sore and stiff
after three days strenuous experi
ences it is a unanimous vote that
the trip to the Kuahiwi was a great
success and well worth all the dang
ers and hardships encountered.
Those who composed the party
were Eric. A. Knudsen, Charles
Blackstead, O. R. Olsen, A. Grand
homme, Nell Locke, Rev. R. W.
Bayless, Rev. R. G. Hall, Chas. S.
Dole, Will C. Crawford, Judge L. A.
Dickey, Dr. Charles Barton, of Ho
nolulu, J. Senda, official photo
grapher, and Manuel Victor, horse
Your Duty Is Half Done
when you have accumulated property for the comfortable support of your
self and family.
It remains for you to arrange for the careful protection and manage
ment of that property after you are gone.
Given to Museum
The following item, of unusual in
terest to residents of Kauai, and
especially to Kllauea folks, appear
ed recently in the Berkeley Gazette:
Hawaiian antiquities of unusual
value have been presented to the
University of California by Mrs.
Jackson R. Myers in compliance
with the wishes of her late husband,
Jackson R. Myers, who made the
collection during the years from
1900 to 1917, when he was in the
islands. It was known as the Jack
son R. Myers Collection.
The collection comprises 280 speci
mens from the islands of Kauai and
Maui, and it Is soon to be or exhib
it in the Pacific room of the Uni
versity of California Museum of An
thropology. . In speaking of the collection, Prof.
E. W. Glfford of the anthropology
"This Hawaiian collection is a
valuable contribution to the univer
sity's Pafcific island collections,
which are not large. It is especally
welcome since it comes from a ter
ritory of the United States which
ought to be well represented in a
California museum. The new ac
cession is soon to be placed on dis
play in the Pacific room of the Uni
versity of California Museum of
Anthropology, Parnassus and Second
avenues, San Francisco.
"The collection comprises fine ser
ies of carved wood bowls, wooden
mallets for beating out tapa or bark
cloth, adzes, stone lamps, poi pound
ers, dlscoidal stones for bowling,
and many other objects. Especially
notable is a two-legged carved stone
pillow, made in the same style as
the wooden ones which most Pa
cific islanders use. Other objects of
unusual interest are door stones.
These were heavy affairs suspended
inside of Hawaiian houses just over
the entrance and in such a way that
any Intruder would touch a trigger
which released the stone so that it
would fall on his back with dire
Mr. Myers, whose death occurred
July 3 at Ukiah, following an acute
attack of appendicitis, spent about
31 years' of his life in the Hawaiian
islands. He was born in Windsor,
Sonoma county, California, but came
to Berkeley as a boy and received
his education in this city. As a young
man he went to the islands and
worked as a construction engineer
for Queen Lilliuokalanl, building
cross roads in the most remote parts
of the islands.
Mr. Myers became interested .in
sugar industry and in 1898 he enter
ed that field of work. For 12 years
he was associated with the Kilauea
sugar plantation of Kilauea, Kauai.
It was while he was in the sugar
industry that he made the collection,
of the antiquities which forms the
collection. A great many of the rel
ics were unearthed at Mr. Myers
direction on the plantation on tho
island of Kauai. -
Upon their return from the is
lands, Mr. and Mrs. Myers made
their home in Berkeley, living at
1941 Berryman street, where M:s.
Myers still resides.
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