We Were So Hemmed In That It Was Difficult
To Dismount, But I Bound Some Wild Kalo Leaves Round My Feet, And
Managed To Get Over Some Broken Rock To A Knoll, From Which I
Obtained A Superb View Of The Wonderful Cleft.
Palis 3000 feet in
height walled in its head with a complete inaccessibility.
in cool dewy shadow till the sudden sun flushed its precipices with
pink, and a broad bar of light revealed the great chasm in which it
terminates, while far off its portals opened upon the red eastern
sky. This little lonely world had become so very dear to me, that I
found it hard to leave it.
There was some stir near the sea, for a man was about to build a
grass house, and they were preparing a stone pavement for it.
Thirty people sat on the ground in a line from the beach, and passed
stones from hand to hand, as men pass buckets at a fire. It seemed
a very attractive occupation, and I could hardly get Hananui to
leave it. The natives are most gregarious and social in their
habits. They assemble together for everything that has to be made
or done, and their occupations and amusements are shared by both
sexes. In old days it is said that a king of Hawaii assembled most
of the adults of the then populous island, and formed a human chain
three miles long to pass up stones for the building of the great
Heiau in Kona.
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