Six Months in the Sandwich Islands: Among Hawaiis Palm Groves, Coral Reefs and Volcanoes by Isabella Lucy BirdIsabella, Isabella, who would have thought? You beat us hands down - in your long skirts and in your early 40s - what an intrepid traveler you were! So enthusiastic, especially about volcanoes (letting the soles of your shoes melt like that, really! and your early morning worship at the altar of lava - you would do anything, wouldnt you, to experience these thrills!). I loved this book. The trip on horseback from Hilo through the gorges to Waipio was incredible, and the description of entering the harbour at Hilo - what I would do to have seen that beauty! What a paradise! Isabella is lavish with her descriptions, and had obviously fallen in love with the generous hospitality of the Hawaiians - this is back when there was only one hotel in Honolulu, and none in Hilo (the locals would greet the boat from Oahu and take home its passengers as guests!). Also the attitude of the people towards the lepers living among them was very striking. This book is well worth reading for several reasons - for her descriptions, for her grit and adventurousness, for the almost unbelievable Hawaiian way of life that she records. I am no ends curious about her other travels and will be reading more for sure.
Living Off the Land in Hawaii - Explorer
People using Stone Age technology built voyaging canoes capable of traveling thousands of miles, then set forth against the winds and currents to find tiny dots of land in the midst of the largest ocean on Earth. And having found them, they traveled back and forth, again and again, to settle them—all this, to 1, years ago. The general scholarship on migrations seems well established, and most current researches now seek to understand the timing of the various colonizations. Western Polynesia—the islands closest to Australia and New Guinea—were colonized around 3, years ago. But the islands of Central and Eastern Polynesia were not settled until 1, to years ago.
Jump to navigation. Basically the foot islet is a tomb named after Puupehe as its her final resting place. According to the legend, her love was won in a war where Makakehau, a Lanai warrior, was the victor. Afraid other warriors would try to take her from him, the two lived in this remote area of Lanai. One day he hid her in the Malauea Cave at the base of this land formation while he went to fetch fresh spring water. However, an intense storm swept through while he was absent, drowning Puupehe. When he returned he built her a grave at the top of the islet because of the steep overhang, those who witnessed Makakehau doing this believed an akua , or god, heard him crying and helped lift him and her body to the top.