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Katherine Fullerton Gerould :  Hawaiian Scenes , 1916.

Gerould, Katherine Fullerton:
Hawaii - Scenes and Impressions
Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1923.
First published September 1916.


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The race is not weak or degenerate: it is, physically, magnificent in strength and beautiful of feature.
But the Kanaka is amphibious-fishing, surfriding, swimming, he is, all his life, naturally in and out of the water. It is one

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thing to cover yourself with palm-oil and let the Pacific spray run off you in shining drops while you rest on the sands; it is quite another to keep your wet clothes on as you go about your business on the shore-but it is to ask too much of Polynesian intelligence to request it to see the difference.

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The tourist's Honolulu, I suspect, lies wholly Waikiki of the town that being, literally, the topographical idiom.
(You are never told to go north or south, east or west: you go "mauka" towards the mountains, or go "makai" towards the

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sea; a shop lies on King Street "Waikiki" or "Ewa" of Fort or Nuuanu.)
The city stretches some seven miles, end to end, along the sea-front, running back, up enchanted valleys, to the mountains: the Pali, or Tantalus. "Ewa" of Honolulu are Pearl Harbor and Ewa plantation; "Waikiki" of it is Waikiki.
Here are the seaside hotels and restaurants, the Outrigger Club, Kapiolani Park, the beach-houses of rich Honolulans, and
Diamond Head.
Here are the bathing, the surf-riding, the general tourist activity as well as the amusements of Honolulans themselves.
Across from the Moana Hotel is Ainahau, among whose giant trees and flowers Stevenson often sat with the little Kaiulani, heiress-apparent to the now long- superseded Queen.
Kaiulani died during Liliuokalani's reign, and her father, Mr. Cleghorn, has been dead these many years.

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In all successful social life, variety must somehow be achieved.
In their circumscribed space happy Honolulans manage it by having several houses.
Precisely as here, you go to the mountains or the sea for recuperation and amusement; only in Hawaii you do not have to go so far.

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Half an hour will take you to your bungalow beneath Diamond Head; there at Kahala you can spend your Sunday, bathing in the multi-colored ocean.
If mosquitoes bother you at Kahala, you can motor to the top of Tantalus, where, at two thou- sand feet, you are safe from them.
Or you may have your beach-house on the windward side of the Island, between Kahana and Kahuku.
For a severer change, you can have a ranch on Kauai or Maui.

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Waikiki Beach, Honolulu
You can spend your Sunday, bathing in the multi-colored ocean.
From a photograph by R. W. Perkins.
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You cannot skate or ski; but you can go riding or bathing or surf-boating or shark-fishing any time you feel like it; and on
Hawaii, they tell me, you can put on a bathing-suit at the end of the day and coast down the dizzy cane-flumes.
Except in a Kona storm you are seldom housed.

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Or you can go out by the Kamehameha Schools to the Bishop Museum exquisitely panelled in the beautiful Hawaiian koa wood, dusky-gold and wildly grained; repository of feather-cloaks and Polynesian antiquities of every sort.
Mrs. Bishop, the donor, was the daughter of Paki, and his giant surf-boards are nailed up in the entrance porch.

Gerould, Katherine Fullerton:
Hawaii - Scenes and Impressions 
Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1923.
First printed 1916.


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