Some pos­si­bil­i­ties for Ma­haulepu goo

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

Some time in the late 1960s a fam­ily that lived in Koloa, which in­cluded sev­eral Kupuna mem­bers, in­vited my fam­ily to a pic­nic at Ma­haulepu. Af­ter eat­ing, we went for a walk and found de­posits of Bunker Oil in var­i­ous spots along the shore­line.

When I asked my hosts about those de­posits of Bunker Oil, their reply was that such clus­ters of oil had been wash­ing up on the Ma­haulepu shore since World War II ended, (1945). They sup­posed that some kind mil­i­tary ac­tion was the cause. There­fore: 1. Bunker Oil has been wash­ing up on the Ma­haulepu shore­line for sev­eral decades, and,

2. Per­haps there is some kind of ocean-go­ing ves­sel that is a rust­ing hulk off the Ma­haulepu shore­line which spo­rad­i­cally “belches” out Bunker Oil in a man­ner sim­i­lar to that of the Ari­zona Memo­rial. Richard W. Coller Ka­paa

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