Reminiscences of Old Hawaii

Front Cover
Hawaiian Gazette Company, 1916 - Hawaii - 64 pages
1 Review

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

Highly readable collection of stories of a missionary son growing up in the Hawaiian islands. If you like first person accounts of life in a different time, you'll like this. I have read Hawaii by Michener and wouldn't be surprised if this was used as a source--they have a similar feel.
The biographical sketch at the beginning is highly entertaining and less mundane than the rest of the book. The detail of the book is interesting to see the changes as the islands became more "civilized".

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 14 - The pools were used formerly for drinking water as shown by the following quotation : "The drinking water of the people was very brackish, from numerous caves which reached below the sea level. The white people, and some chiefs had their water from up the mountain where were numerous depressions in the lava, full of clear, sweet rain water. There were also many tunnel-caves, the channels of former lava-streams. Sometimes the fine rootlets of ohia-trees penetrating from above, festooned the ceilings...
Page 26 - Kuakine," says the late Dr. Sereno E. Bishop in his Reminiscences of Hawaii, "was disposed to monopolize such trade as came from occasional whalers. ... He possessed large quantities of foreign goods stored up in his warehouses, while his people went naked. I often heard my father tell of once seeing one of Kuakine's large double canoes loaded deep with bales of broadcloths and Chinese silks and satins which had become damaged by long storage. They were carried out and dumped in the ocean.
Page 15 - Twice a week one of our ohuas or native dependants went up the mountain with two huewai, or calabash bottles, suspended by nets from the ends of his mamaki or yoke, similar to those used by Chinese vegetable venders. These he filled with sweet water and brought home, having first covered the bottles with fresh ferns, to attest his having been well inland. The contents of the two bottles filled a five gallon demijohn twice a week.
Page 60 - The settled portion of the city was then substantially limited by the present Alapai and River streets and mauka at School street. There was hardly anything outside of those limits and the remainder was practically an open plain. "Above Beretania street, on the slopes and beyond Alapai street, there was hardly a building of any nature whatever. "At that time there was a small boarding school for the children of the missions at Punahou, under the direction of Father Dole.
Page 46 - The greatest destruction of Hawaiian population took place in the summer of 1853, by an invasion of small-pox.
Page 46 - ... the area of deep water and anchorage has been greatly diminished. In the thirties the small pearl oyster was quite abundant, and common on our table. Small pearls were frequently found in them. No doubt the copious inflow of fresh water favored their presence. I think they have become almost entirely extinct, drowned out by the mud. There was also at Pearl River a handsome speckled clam, of delicate flavor, which contained milk white pearls of exquisite luster, and perfectly spherical.
Page 59 - HOW blest the sacred tie, that binds In sweet communion kindred minds ! How swift the heavenly course they run, Whose hearts, whose faith, whose, hopes are one ! 2. To each the soul of each how dear ! What tender love, what holy fear ! How does the generous flame within Refine from earth, and cleanse from sin ! 3.
Page 14 - No one owned his land, and occupied it solely at the will or caprice of his chief, who might and often did without notice deprive him of the products of his toil, and even of the land itself. The village was much infested by miserably lean pigs, whose scant food came by scavengering. Occasionally a pig was fattened in a pen. But the eye of the chief's retainer was usually upon any such pigs, and it was likely to be snatched away, even after being cooked.
Page 15 - The air from the sea, penetrating these chill caverns, deposited its moisture, and much distilled water filled the holes in the floor. Sometimes the fine rootlets of ohia-trees penetrating from above, festooned the ceilings of these dark lava-ducts as with immense spider webs. If in a dry season, water was lacking on the open ground, it could always be found higher up on the mountain in such eaves.
Page 11 - College, conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Divinity, in recognition of his literary and scientific attainments.

Bibliographic information