James Keau writes from Apia, Upolu, Samoa, 1887.

[Found under: “Correspondences from Friends”]

From Samoa.

Apia, Upolu, Samoa, Oct. 19, 1887.

Aloha to you and your whole family:

Here I am in Samoa in good health.

I am very taken by this land; life is good. The lay of the harbor is fine. If it was built well like the harbor of Honolulu, then this one would be better; currently, there are many lovely huge wooden houses and life here is somewhat like that in Hilo, but perhaps it is better here.

There is much food in this land, and fruits like coconuts, bananas, oranges, breadfruit, mango, and much more; life is easy here; the people are pleasant, people do not make trouble, they do not think much of work, they just go about their way.

Their bodies are bare: the men, women, and children as well; they have big bodies, and they cover their privates; some of them wear clothes as we do, and so do some men [?]

I will be going to Savaii, a large island like Hawaii, and there I will board a steamship and return to Honolulu in the month of December.

I am looking for all sorts of things to sell there; many haole acquaintances put in orders, and that is what I look for; coconut bowls are mainly the goods that I bring back, as well as some other things.

There are many things which this place is blessed with, and I feel that if I were to live here, I will have a blissful existence. Your friend, JAMES KEAU.

Paeaina [probably from the newspaper Ko Hawaii Paeaina (of which the May to December 1887 issues are missing…)]

(Kuokoa, 11/5/1887, p. 4)

Mai Samoa Mai.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXVI, Helu 45, Aoao 4. Novemaba 5, 1887.

1 thought on “James Keau writes from Apia, Upolu, Samoa, 1887.

  1. In an earlier post on the Hoolaupai Facebook wall, we put up an article (Kuokoa, 1/17/1891) where James Keau is reported to be living in Tonga! Check that out as well: “NA HAWAII MAI SAMOA.”

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