[meteorite-list] ...speaking of odd names...

From: Tracy Latimer <tracyl_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:44:36 2004
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.93.1010309162531.4284A-100000_at_netra.lib.state.hi.us>

...has anyone ever heard tell of a Hawaiian meteorite; one recovered on or
near the Hawaiian islands? I couldn't find any reference to one, but
that might just be because I don't have my newest database yet :-) One of
our library patrons swore up and down that the ancient Hawaiians had
knowledge of meteorites, but she couldn't confirm where she had heard it.
As a cultural sidelight, the term for "fireball" is "akualele"; it means
"flying god", and usually refers to the mysterious bolides (meteors, swamp
gas, or ???) sometimes seen in the islands.

Garans I will hop on the next available plane over if one falls in Hawaii
(and I'm sure Joseph M. et. al will be doing the same!)

Tracy Latimer
Received on Fri 09 Mar 2001 09:33:09 PM PST

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