anderson : missionary progress, 1864
send a servant to bring the pa u, and put it on in the missionary s presence,
and return comparatively clad.
Such are a few of the outlines of the appearance of the people in regard to their dress."
They have established
schools, reared up native teachers, and so pressed their work that now
the proportion of inhabitants who can read and write is greater than in
New England ; and whereas they found these islanders a nation of half-naked
savages, living in the surf arnd on the sand, eating raw fish, fighting
among themselves, tyrannized over by feudal chiefs, and abandoned to sensuality,
they now see them decently clothed,
recognizing the law of marriage, knowing something of accounts, going to school and public worship with more
regularity than the people do at home ; and the more elevated of them taking part in conducting the affairs of the constitutional monarchy under which they live, holding seats on the judicial bench and in the legislative chambers, and filling posts in the local magistracies.
The harbor of
Hilo is formed by a coral reef, at the entrance of the bay, extending a
couple of miles from an island on the south-eastern side, which is connected
with the shore by a number of rocks.
There is good anchorage within, and the reef destroys the dangerous force of the waves, though it does not prevent a heavy surf rolling upon the beach at the bottom of the bay.
The entrance to the harbor is along the bold western shore, where the water is deep, and the passage free from rocks.
The Hawaiian Islands :
Their Progress and Condition Under Missionary Labors.
Gould and Lincoln, Boston, 1864.