Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | June 16, 2012

June 16 [1847,1858 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, WEDNESDAY JUNE 16th [1847]: “Our party all up and dressed by the time it was light, tent up and by sunrise we were on our journey, having passed a comfortable night….” And so begins Mary’s second day of her sightseeing tour about Maui.

* So begins day two of their journey, – Mary notes how the scenery is the same as it was the day before; desolate, surrounded by great mountains and walls of lava. After riding for several hours they decide they need to eat, but learn that the natives carrying all the food had gone on ahead without them. They continue and finally at 11 a.m., catch up and finally eat and rest before continuing.

* While waiting for the slower members of the party to reach them, they rest for about 90 minutes and enjoy some boiled potatoes and water “mellon”. Eventually they back-track in an effort to figure what was keeping their companions. Upon arrival they learn the natives refused to carry the “manele” carrying Mrs. Whittlesey any further.

* Soon they continue on the horses – riding along a narrow road at the top of a very steep precipice (called “pali” in Hawaiian); which Mary later realizes was approximately an 80 feet drop to the bottom.

* By sundown, they arrive at Nuu. Once settled for the evening, Mary writes: “The traveling was good and weather beautiful. The mountains covered with green, the may valleys with a stream running through it, native houses scattered here and there with the inhabitants all assembled to see our train with smiling countenances and the usual salutation of ‘Aloha’ or in English ‘how do you do’. All this was novel and pleasing to a stranger amongst them — ” Evening prayers said, they “laid [their] weary limbs away for the night.” Mary closes the entry with: “My face so sunburnt and swollen that I did not know whether I was tired or not the pain so intense — “.

Mary Lawrence, [Wed.] JUNE 16 [1858]: “Foggy in the morning. P.M. cleared up. Eight ships in sight.”

Eliza Williams, [Sat.] June 16th [1860]: “Have had a very unpleasant day, thick fog all day long, very little wind. It is quite discouraging. We can’t get anywhere that we want to look for Whales, and the season is fast wearing away.”


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