In February 1946, Alan Fayé Sr., the manager of the Fayé family’s Waimea Sugar Co. and Waimea Dairy, was considering the purchase of 70 Holstein cows and bulls from Lihue Dairy, then managed by Caleb Burns, also the manager of Lihue Plantation.
However, before making his purchase, he sent his teenaged son, Alan Fayé Jr., to the Lihue Dairy, located by the Wailua Golf Course, to photograph the side and face views of every cow and several bulls that his father planned to buy.
While young Fayé was taking his pictures, one of those bulls, a prized Holstein named Carnation Masterpiece Rag Apple that Burns had bought from the Mainland a few years earlier, charged Alan, who was fortunately able to leap over a fence just before the bull crashed into it.
Alan Fayé Jr. had previously worked for Waimea Dairy during World War II, when there was no cow feed shipped from the Mainland.
He and several local Waimea boys had therefore picked kiawe beans, which were then combined with shredded sugar cane tops and roasted pineapple bran from Lawai Pine as substitute feed. Their pay was 10 cents per 100-pound burlap bag of beans.
April 1, 1946, was the date Waimea Dairy purchased Lihue Dairy’s herd — the same day a tidal wave washed out to sea almost the entire herd and Lihue Dairy shutdown.
Strangely, for years after the tidal wave of ’46 struck Kauai, folks could hear the spirits of those drowned cows mooing day and night at the former Lihue Dairy site — that is until renowned Native Hawaiian kahuna lapa‘au (medical priest or practitioner) Morrnah Simeona exorcised the place, and the mooing was heard no more.
Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona (1913-1992) was gifted at driving off mischievous spirits, exorcising ghosts and releasing demons from people who were possessed.
Although not a medical doctor, she was also able, through prayer, to heal the physical and mental suffering of others, a skill she learned from her mother, Lilia, one of the last kahuna who possessed the power to heal with words.
Hank Soboleski has been a resident of Kauai since the 1960s. Hank’s love of the island and its history has inspired him, in conjunction with The Garden Island Newspaper, to share the island’s history weekly. The collection of these articles can be found here: https://bit.ly/2IfbxL9 and here https://bit.ly/2STw9gi Hank can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org