Pilipo Kamai, Representative in the Legislature, takes a stand. 1890.


On the 30th of March, between the hours of 1 and 6 in the afternoon, the representative Pilipo Kamai of here in Hana held a meeting of the makaainana in the old school house adjacent to his residence at Puuomaiai, Kaupo. There were fifty-four Hawaiians, one Portuguese, and one American that showed up. Rev. Mr. Kailioha of Huelo called for the light from the Heavens to shine down. The meeting began peacefully, and our representative revealed his path for the upcoming Legislative session, and the number of his objectives is twenty-three. And here they are, without my clarifications; the 3rd objective is the one he is passionate about.

And this is how he began, “When my feet are firmly planted amongst my fellow law makers, your humble servant will strive to fulfill these objectives:

1. To maintain our nation’s independence.

2. To pay off our nation’s debt.

3. To restore all power of the King.

4. To lessen the wages of all the nation’s officials, from the first to the last.

5. To have the government lands sold at low cost only to Hawaiians who have no land.

6. To block the entrance of the Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese.

7. To continue the Treaty with the United States of America.

8. To repeal for good the desertion of marriage law passed during the last Legislative Session.

9. To make Arbor Day (La kanu laau) into a day that is recognized.

10. To have voting for the Monarch done by all.

11. To have the Cabinet of Ministers be made up of two Hawaiians and two haole.

12. To lessen taxes.

13. To pay only $25.00 to representatives who win and not to those who lose.

14. To have juries for Hawaiians be Hawaiian, and juries for haole be haole.

15. To bring an end to pensions [uku hoomau].

16. To have clergy teach School children about religion everyday, during school hours.

17. To have makaainana petition to their Representatives of their problems by way of Committee of thirteen selected members, it being signed by fifty names.

18. To get funding for the jail in Kipahulu.

19. To have children under 17 years not be taxed.

20. To get Hana two Judges.

21. To  get Hana two Representatives.

22. To have street taxes levied in each town remain with each respective town, and not be turned over to the Street Funds of the district.

23. These objectives above will be considered carefully before the representatives brings them to motion in the Legislature.

A Committee was selected, and here is who were chosen: Paele, Chairman; Kala, Secretary; Anakalea; Kamoau; Kanamu; Helio; Naehu; Karolo; Nehemia; Haleauki; Anton Paiko; and Kalima. The committee will meet this coming week, on April 12, to think on the problems here in Kaupo, and the entire district.

Before the meeting was adjourned, a letter was read from Ulupalakua asking our representative to go there for a grand party given to honor Mister Wilcox [Wilikoki]. The meeting was adjourned.


Kaupo, March 31.

(Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, 4/19/1890, p. 1)


Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, Buke XIII, Helu 16, Aoao 1. Aperila 19, 1890.

2 thoughts on “Pilipo Kamai, Representative in the Legislature, takes a stand. 1890.

  1. This is true. But i think it is necessary for all of Hawaiian history to be carefully looked at again, this time around not just through English-language and other foreign-language sources, but through the Hawaiian-Language Newspapers and all of the other archived sources, both written and oral.

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