S. M. Kamakau Dies.
With heartfelt grief we put before you, our readers, news of the leaving of this life of the Honorable S. M. Kamakau, at 3 o’clock in the afternoon of this past Tuesday, Sept. 5, at his home on Emma Street.
He was a man greatly familiar to Honolulu’s people, and he was a good-hearted companion of the people, and he was someone that was seen often in the courts of the Monarchs past.
He was born in Waialua, Oahu, on the 29th of October, 1815, therefore, on the upcoming 29th of October, he would have made 61 years of this life.
As a result of his death, the nation of Hawaii is without a historian of this land, and an interpreter of genealogies of the chiefs. The alii genealogies of this archipelago follow his guidance.
He was a part of the board of commissioners to quiet land titles during the time of King Kamehameha III, and he was a commissioner of land surveying for many years, along with work associated with it.
He was an honorable member of the legislature of our kingdom; he joined this body six times to pass laws for this land; he was in 4 sessions under the Constitution of King Kamehameha III, and 2 under this Constitution of King Kamehameha V, and in this Legislative session, he was rightly chosen by his constituents as a spokesman for them in this session. But because of his infirmity, and his getting sick often, he did not sit in the seat of this district of Honolulu, to search for the good of the district, until he was freed from his weariness. Auwe, how sad! How pitiful!!
At 4 o’clock in the afternoon of this past Wednesday, a funeral was held over his body, from his home until the Roman Catholic Church, and from there to the cemetery of the Episcopalians at Maemae.
His procession was given honor by his fellow representatives, and the nobles of the Legislature, on cars, from the church and down Fort Street, onto King Street, and up Nuuanu Avenue until the cemetery. There were 118 people who accompanied his last journey in 31 cars. He has left behind on this side of the grave, a wife grieving over her lost husband, and a daughter mourning her Papa, and grandchildren bewailing their grandfather, along with the many friends reminiscing over him.
(Kuokoa, 9/9/1876, p. 2)