145th Anniversary of Kohala Cyclone

Lobby card for "The Hurricane" 1937
Lobby card for “The Hurricane” 1937

On August 9, 1871, a severe cyclone (probably a hurricane) struck Kohala on the northern tip of the island of Hawai’i.  From descriptions in the press, it appears the storm approached from the southeast with the eye passing over the village around 10 AM local time.  The storm simultaneously affected the island of Maui, thirty miles (50 km) to the northwest.  Storm conditions abated by that evening.  Much destruction was done to vegetation and to many buildings.  One estimate of the damage was in the thousands of U.S. dollars, but no deaths were noted.