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are dependent upon their care and vigilance; and faithful and patient are they, to the letter. While they are never reckless on the water, they seem to “the manner born,” and to know no fear. It seems as hard to drown a native as to drown a fish!
They are equally skillful in their management and training of horses. Like the gypsy, they seem to know the charm to be whispered in a horse's ear! “ There is much in the native!” You may fancy that you know them very well—that you have been in and out among them pretty much all your life—that you can, perchance, speak their language to its last idiom or colloquialism. They will come around you, and unless they choose, you cannot divine one bit of the information they are giving to one another, and this without showing any rudeness. They are Nature's true children, and know how to guard their secrets. You will feel somewhat like the gentleman from Germany_"I cannot talk much native what you speak!”
It can never quite be said to be “dull” in Honolulu, at least to any true lover of nature. The climate is so perfect, that to watch the sky, the lights and shadows, the cloud effects, the rainbows, the beauty of the hill-top and the valley, is enough; and to such an one I repeat“ dullness" would seem a misnomer. It is said that among the most magnificent mountain scenery of Europe, the mountaineers themselves are led to wonder why people come so far to see their country! That cannot be said entirely of the islanders; though many of them seem insensible to the great beauties by which they are surrounded! From a business or social point of view, during midsummer, when many go to the coast, or to beach and mountain-side, it is then quiet in Honolulu, and “steamer day” makes a welcome break.
The capital, you know, is but a tiny little city. Were it not for the sugar interests, which are getting to be enormous--and involving national jealousies in their train—the rice, and a few other things of minor importance, it would seem but a country village on the shore; or at the most, to speak largely, a country town. Nevertheless, it is a unique, most unique, cosmopolitan city, with great shipping interests,—the home of Queen and Court, and all carefully protected by British and American men-of-war.
Ten minutes walk, at an easy gait, will see you over and through the business part of the town, including the banker, the butcher, the baker, the poi-makers' places, and a peep at the postoffice and custom-house as well! Ten minutes again, from the steamer-wharf, will bring you inside the Palace-gate, for the latchstring now is always outside; in other words, the grounds are open to the public. An audience with royalty, however, sometimes requires a little more ceremony.
The Palace is good enough, for all intents and purposes—and far too fine for such visitors as too often go there; but, in its appointments, and from a refined and artistic point of view, it will not compare favorably with thousands, I may say, of homes in America -even with many not one-half so large.
The Hawaiians, where well-to-do and able to gratify their taste, are more or less barbaric in the use of colors and adornments.
In stature the Hawaiian does not differ from the European; he may be tall or short, or neither.
While young, the eyes are clear and expressive; the teeth are firm and white, as a rule. When older, they are often too stout, the eyes heavy and dull, from the use of native liquor (ava), and the mouth disfigured, from the frequent use of tobacco and the clay pipe. In a group of women, the pipe is often passed from mouth to mouth.
Whatever a native promises or undertakes to do, he will perform faithfully and well to the letter. If he choose to lie under the trees, go into the surf, smoke the pipe of peace, or play on his taro-patch fiddle the blessed, livelong summer day, arguments are lost on him. Two strong words are his only rejoinder-_“No use." But, if he decides to rise early, get on to his feet and do a piece of work, you can depend upon it that it will be well done.
It is not in the nature of things—“the eternal fitness of things,”—that, with a country and climate like Hawaii, he should like to do everything, even to accommodate the “foreigner” in his piling up of wealth. There is always a plenty of fruit in the valley and on the hillside, fish in the sea, taro in the patch at hand, flowers on the roadside, music in his brain, friends never cold. Why should he do too hard or menial work? They are Nature's kings and queens, in their own right; and Hawaii is their own. “Hawaii for the Hawaiians.”
Pearl River Harbor, just outside of Honolulu isunder the treaty of 1887-a coaling and repair station for the United States, exclusively, for a term of seven years. All the land near this harbor is owned by private parties, and there are many pleasant homes and more in contemplation. Hawaii has now but one supreme need—it is not“war nor rumors of war,” neither is it annexation exactly, but simply a cable, from San Diego to the island of Hawaii. Hurrah for the cable ! Let us have the cable and holding high the glassdrink the toast all round and round the globe" Long life to little Hawaii!”
SATURDAY AFTERNOON IN HONOLULU.
SATURDAY afternoon in Honolulu is "half holiD day” (as the English have it), and all business is, as a rule, at an end for the day, even if it happened to have a beginning in the morning. And pleasure is the cry, and everybody seems ready to laugh. On for the beach (Waikiki)! On for the baseball ground ! And King street is the road! The streets are filled with “expresses” (a light carriage-carry-all-seating four, for the use of the public-one can be hired by waiting a few minutes at any point in the city), and private teams, and equestrians. Some are bound for the music, for Berger's band is in the Square, and hundreds will not miss it, more particularly strangers who are charmed and fascinated with the Hawaiian airs of this famous leader. As the streets around the square are not paved, the noise of driving or riding does not disturb the music, and horses are kept in motion as the crowds come and go. Few like to miss their plunge in the surf, and yet wish to see a little how the game is going, like to say Monday that they were one of the interested crowd to know whether the "Iolanis” or the “Kamehamehas” won; and so intend to just make a “merry-go-round” of the few hours