A Missionary View of the state of the people of the Sandwich Islands…

Far different are the impressions produced on the minds of the missionaries who have resided for some years in the islands. Having acquired their language, observed their domestic economy, and become acquainted with the nature of their government, the bloody character of their frequent wars, their strange and oppressive system of idol worship, and the occurrence of human sacrifices, they are led, from the indubitable facts which have come under their notice, to more just and accurate conclusions; conclusions in awful accordance with the faithful testimony of divine revelation.

The population at present is about 85,000, and will most probably be greatly increased by the establishment of Christianity, whose mild influence, it may reasonably be expected, will effect a cessation of war, an abolition of infanticide, and a diminution of those vices, principally of foreign origin, which have hitherto so materially contributed to the depopulation of the islands. Hawaii is by far the largest, most populous, and important island of the group, and, until within a few years, was the usual residence of the king, and the frequent resort of every chief of importance in the other islands.

Foreigners, however, having of late found the harbors of some of the leeward islands more secure and convenient than those of Hawaii, have been induced more frequently to visit them; and this has led the king and principal chiefs to forsake, in a great degree, the favorite residence of their ancestors, and, excepting the governor, and the chiefs of Kaavaroa, to spend the greater part of their time in some of the other islands. (Ellis)

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A Missionary View of the Sandwich Islands…

As a residence of eight years in the Society and Sandwich islands, has afforded me an opportunity to becoming familiar with many of the scenes and usages described in the voyages of Captain James Cook. I have often been struck with the faithfulness with which they are uniformly portrayed in the inferences they draw, and the reasons they assign, they are sometimes mistaken; but in the description of what they saw and heard, there is throughout a degree of accuracy, seldom if ever exceeded in accounts equally minute and extended. Still their acquaintance with the islands and the people was superficial, and the state of society which they witnessed was different from what generally existed. An event as important and surprising as their arrival, the ships and the foreigners, the color, dress, arms, language, manners, of the latter, whom they regarded at first as superior beings, so powerfully affected the minds of the natives, that the ordinary avocations of life were for a time suspended. The news of such an event rapidly spread through the islands, and multitudes flocked from every quarter to see the return of Orono, or the motus as they called their ships. The whole island was laid under requisition, to supply their wants, or contribute to their satisfaction. Hence the immense quantity of provisions presented by Taraiopu; the dances, with which they were entertained. The effect also produced on the minds of those early visitors, by what they saw during their transient stay among the islands, was heightened by all the attractions of novelty, and all the complacency which such discoveries naturally inspire.(Ellis)

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A Missionary View of the Sandwich Islands…

As a residence of eight years in the Society and Sandwich islands, has afforded me an opportunity to becoming familiar with many of the scenes and usages described in the voyages of Captain James Cook. I have often been struck with the faithfulness with which they are uniformly portrayed in the inferences they draw, and the reasons they assign, they are sometimes mistaken; but in the description of what they saw and heard, there is throughout a degree of accuracy, seldom if ever exceeded in accounts equally minute and extended. Still their acquaintance with the islands and the people was superficial, and the state of society which they witnessed was different from what generally existed. An event as important and surprising as their arrival, the ships and the foreigners, the color, dress, arms, language, manners, of the latter, whom they regarded at first as superior beings, so powerfully affected the minds of the natives, that the ordinary avocations of life were for a time suspended. The news of such an event rapidly spread through the islands, and multitudes flocked from every quarter to see the return of Orono, or the motus as they called their ships. The whole island was laid under requisition, to supply their wants, or contribute to their satisfaction. Hence the immense quantity of provisions presented by Taraiopu; the dances, with which they were entertained. The effect also produced on the minds of those early visitors, by what they saw during their transient stay among the islands, was heightened by all the attractions of novelty, and all the complacency which such discoveries naturally inspire. (Ellis)

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The Last words recorded by Captain Cook…

 

It is nearly half a century since Captain Cook, in search of a northern passage from the Pacific to the Atlantic, discovered a group of islands, which, in honor of his patron the Earl of Sandwich, first lord of the Admiralty, he called the Sandwich Islands. The importance he attached to this discovery may be gathered from his own words; for, when speaking of the circumstances under which the vessels anchored for the first time in Kealakekua bay, the appearance of the natives, he remarks, “We could not but be struck with the singularity of this scene; and, perhaps, there were few on board who now lamented our having failed in our endeavors to find a northern passage homeward last summer. To this disappointment we owed our having it in our power to revisit the Sandwich Islands, and to enrich our voyage with a discovery, which, though last, seemed, in many respects, to be the most important that had hitherto been made by Europeans throughout the extent of the Pacific Ocean.” These are the last words recorded in the journal of that enterprising and intelligent navigator: a melancholy event shortly afterwards occurred on the shores of this very bay, which arrested his career of discovery, and terminated his existence. On the return of the survivors, a detailed account of the islands and their inhabitants was given to the world, and excited no small degree of interest, not only in England, but throughout the continent of Europe. The descriptions which Captain Cook’s Voyages contained, of the almost primitive simplicity, natural vivacity, and fascinating manners, of a people, who had existed for ages, isolated, and unknown to the rest of the world, were so entirely new, and the accounts given of the mildness and celebrity of the climate, the spontaneous abundance of delicious fruits, and the varied and delightful appearance of the natural scenery in the Sandwich and other islands of the Pacific, were so enchanting, that many individuals were led to imagine they were a sort of Elysium, where the highly favored inhabitants, free from the toil and care, the want and disappointment, which mar the happiness of civilized communities, dwelt in what they called a state of nature, and spent their lives in unrestrained gratification and enjoyment.(Ellis)

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Puuhonua o Honaunau is Hawaii’s best-preserved place of refuge…

Puuhonua

Established as a national historical park in 1961, Puuhonua o Honaunau is Hawaii’s best-preserved and most well-known place of refuge. Located on South Kona’s relatively untouched coastline, this prehistoric site has been restored to present an authentic picture of one aspect of life in ancient Hawaii. In ancient Hawaii, the penalty for breaking many laws was death. If a woman ate prohibited foods such as bananas or pork, she was killed. If a man allowed his shadow to fall upon a sacred chief or mistakenly touched a chief’s possessions, he was killed.

In a culture of harsh penalties, a remarkable safety valve existed, the puuhonua, or place of refuge. At these designated places, a person could escape death by coming before the resident kahuna for a ceremony of absolution. Once the ceremony was complete, the offender could safely return to his home, confident the gods were appeased. No one, not even the mightiest king, could harm a person after he or she had reached the puuhonua. In times of war women, children and the infirm flocked to the puuhonua to escape death at the hands of marauding warriors.

A striking feature at Honaunau is the massive stone wall over 1,000 feet long which marked the landward boundary of the puuhonua. The restored royal complex of the mighty chief Keawe at the northern end of the wall features the Hale o Keawe Heiau built about 1650, carved replicas of images of ancient gods and rebuilt thatched structures. One of these thatched houses represents Hale o Keawe, the famous mortuary house which up until 1829 contained the bones of at least 23 high-ranking chiefs.

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote about Honaunau in 1889: “The enclosure of the sanctuary was all paved with lava; scattered blocks encumbered it in places; everywhere tall coco palms jutted from the fissures and drew shadows on the floor; a loud continuous sound of the near sea burdened the ear. These rude monumental ruins, and the thought of that life and death of which they stood memorial, threw me in a muse. There are times and places where the past becomes more vivid than the present, and the memory dominates the ear and eye. I have found it so in the presence of the vestiges of Rome; I found it so again in the city of refuge at Honaunau;.”

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Napoopoo Landing was once a busy port.

 

Napoopoo

The concrete wharf at Napoopoo is a reminder that this spot was a busy port and active commercial center from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. H. Hackfeld & Co. Ltd., prominent German agents and shippers for sugar plantations throughout the islands, built a large store next to the wharf in approximately 1900, which served local farmers and ranchers. Interisland steamers visited this bay regularly, unloading supplies and mail, picking up cattle, coffee, hides, butter and local produce for Honolulu.

Once regular steamer service stopped, Napoopoo ceased to exist as a commercial center as residents died or moved away. The small stores that once sold milk and bread closed. H. Hackfeld & Co., by then American Factors, no longer had a commercial interest in South Kona. With better roads being built throughout Kona, Kailua Bay became the favorite port, and the large old store crumbled into ruin.

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Manago is Kona’s oldest operating hotel

Manago Hotel

In the early 1900s, Kinzo Manago came to Hawaii from Japan, planning to work in the sugar fields. Discovering plantation work was not for him, he moved to Kona. He married his picture bride wife, Osame, in 1912 and for four years made a living chopping firewood. With a loan of $100 from his former boss, he bought a tiny house in South Kona, a cook stove, and some supplies in 1917. The Managos probably never dreamed they would one day own a 64-room hotel.

The popularity of the tiny business grew. Osame planted a vegetable garden to keep the restaurant stocked with fresh produce. Additional rooms and a second floor enlarged the original house. Customers asked if they could spend the night, so the Managos provided Japanese futons and rented floor space at $1 a night. By 1919, the Managos had a large family of seven children to feed and clothe, and they were a big help at the ever-enlarging hotel.

Kinzo’s and Osame’s legacy of a family-run hotel continues because their grandchildren manage the business today. Visitors from around the world can enjoy delicious home-cooked meals in the restaurant and examine old photographs hanging in the hotel lobby.

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