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Title Account of an expedition from Honolulu to Hilo [manuscript]: 1875 June 14-Aug. 14
Date
Document Type Travel Journal
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Unsigned account of an expedition from Honolulu to Hilo on the island of Hawaii, between June 14 and Aug. 14, 1875, with descriptions of excursions to Onomea Plantation and the Kilauea crater. The account, probably written by an American woman missionary teacher at a school in Honolulu, describes the journey she made to Hilo to visit friends. In Hilo, as a guest at the home of Mr. A.O. Forbes, pastor of the Foreign Church there, she describes her visits to the beaches around the bay, and excursions to Cocoanut Island and Rainbow Falls. On June 29, she travels seven miles on horseback to Onomea Plantation, home of the Austin family, where she visits a sugar mill, tours the famous streams and gulches of the surrounding area, and collects ferns with Mrs. Austin. The author also includes her observations on the native Hawaiians, their nature, customs, dress, and food. A highlight of the account is her vivid description of a volcano trip on July 13, during which the group descends into the active crater of the Kilauea volcano. The author leaves Hawaii, and, after a brief sojourn in Lahainaluna, Maui, returns to her school in Honolulu on Aug. 14. Other people mentioned in the account include David Belden Lyman--"Father Lyman"--who founded the Hilo Boarding School for Boys in 1836; Mrs. Lydia Bingham Coan, second wife of the Rev. Titus Coan; and the Rev. S.E. Bishop, with whom the author stays while in Lahainaluna.
Names Coan, Reverend, Titus; Forbes, Anderson Oliver (b.1838); Austin, Mrs., Stafford L. (1836-1915); Lyman, David Belden, (b.1803); Coan, Lydia Bingham (1834-1915); Bishop, Sereno Edwards (1827-1909)
Places Kilauea, Hawaii, Lahainaluna, Cocoanut Island, Rainbow Falls, Honolulu, Hilo, Maui, Hawaii, United States
Keywords travel, travelogue, personal account, expedition, missionary, religion, church, observation, education, custom, dress, boarding school
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 1462
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue