The Journal of Isaak Iselin: First Contact
The transcription reads:
Some canoes came (on board) alongside who brought few sugar canes, sweet potatoes & cocoa nuts; the females were not backward in coming on board, they seem to be more obscene then those at the Marquesas but not by far so pleasing. Their /black/ hair is cut short & round the forehead a small brim is rend(ere)d of a reddish yellow probably by (the) applying lime or something like that; the men are likewise far behind those we saw at the Marquesas, they seem to be fond of smoaking [sic] & several bought pipes made of wood asking for our tobacco;
Context and Interpretation:
The text describes the initial contact between the crew of the Maryland and Hawaiians. It took place near the shore of the Island of Hawaiʻi (Big Island) on May 18th 1807. With an ethnographic perspective, Iselin describes the islanders' appearance.