Indolence [of the Hawaiians] may be considered as a native characteristic. Little to excite them to action they spend many precious hours in sleep.Their women do no work of any consequence, they think it rather a disgrace. Their manner of living requires but little labor as they generality wear no clothing and live almost wholly upon raw fish and poa. . . . The curiosity and wonder of the native seems to be much excited to see women work. There are some times nearly a hundred persons standing round our fence and gazing at us while we are cooking. Before we had our yard tabood [sic] they were around us so thick we could hardly move for them. Whenever we walk out we are generally escorted by a large concourse of men, women and children.
From the journal of Maria Loomis, Honolulu, 21 June 1820, quoted in Paths of Duty: American Missionary Wives in Nineteenth-Century Hawaii, by Patricia Grimshaw (Honolulu, 1989).