Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | June 30, 2012

June 30 [1847 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, WEDNESDAY JUNE 30th [1847]: “Had a wakeful and restless night. The house was near the sea and the surf roared with such a noise I could not sleep which with the incidents of the day was sufficient to keep us awake a great part of the time. The morning proved showery with considerable winds….”

* So begins Mary’s day; after getting up, having breakfast, being led in prayer by a native. A decision was made that sailing around “the palais” would be faster and much easier than walking. Two hours before the party of travelers left, the horses and baggage were taken by the natives over land; where they would all meet up at Hamakuapoko.

* Arriving at the beach to begin their days’ traveling, a rain squall forces them back to their lodging for quite awhile. Once the rain lightened up, they started again. When Mary sees the very narrow canoes, she wonders how everyone could possibly fit; then she feels relief when the natives put a cot or manele across the top and secured it with ropes.

* And so they make their way by canoe over “very rough and a bad swell, the waves heavy and high, the wind at times blowing hard and our little canoe danced merrily up and down on the billows very deeply laden, the outrigger almost the whole time under water.” As they round the point, a large wave breaks over their canoe and soaks everyone. Soon after she and the others began to  feel seasick, too; vomiting over the sides of the canoe. However, in true form, Mary, unlike everyone else in the canoe, noticed the beautiful shoreline scenery: “We were about half mile from the shore which was perpendicular and covered with verdure to the edge — numerous waterfalls pouring down from the mountains with the deep ravines would if sickness had not prevented been enjoyed very much by all of us. One hard shower which served to wet us still more was all we had — “

* The weather proved too rough, even for the natives and the group were forced to make their way toward land, but “as we neared I could see no place where we could land, the passage was between two rocks which was so narrow that the canoe could but just get in…the waves had increased and were rolling in with great force…” The surf was so high, the men could barely manage to keep the canoe off the rocks. Mary expected the canoe to be “dashed to pieces as each successive wave against the rocks….finally by pulling the canoe back in after drifting away numerous times, everyone managed to get out by climbing up the rocks.

* While resting and waiting upon the rocks for the natives to unload their baggage from the canoes, they removed their wet shoes and spread them out in hopes they would dry. Having regained some strength, they walk about two miles and happen upon a native village. After waiting about two hours, their extra clothing finally arrives, they change into dry garments, eat and start out, hoping to reach Macawao by night.

* Moving too slowly to beat the sun, they reach an area of good pasture and the small group is forced to pitch tents for the night. With the tent half-up, another hard shower overtakes the exhausted travelers. Soaked for the second time in a single day and now facing puddles within the tent, they have to clean-up the water on the ground before they can spread their blankets for much-needed sleep. “….then stretched our limbs for the night, not the least depressed in spirits but all laughing and joking about the moisture….”

Mary Lawrence did not make a journal entry for this date in 1858.

Eliza Williams, [Sat.] June 30th [1860]: “We shall not stop about here any longer, but think of going into Yausk Bay [probably Tausk Bay].


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