OUR BELOVED FATHER HAS GONE.
Much aloha to the Kuokoa Newspaper, the lamp of the parlor; give welcome to my aloha within your columns so that the intimates and friends who live in all the corners of the land may see.
In the month of January 26, 1924, my beloved father, G. S Kelii, grew weary of this life and returned to the home beyond where our beloved Lord called to us. O Weary and Dejected, come to Me and I will give you comfort.
My beloved father was born in Kau, Hawaii, during the time of Kamehameha II, when the people were taxed…
G. S. KELII
…to pay for the debt of the alii Kamehameha 2.
My father went into the mountains with his parents to cut sandalwood [iliahi] to pay for the debt of the alii. He was big by that time, and the work of the children was to gather the pieces of iliahi and to bundle and carry it.
Therefore from that time until his leaving us, his children, he made a hundred years old or more.
He married our mother Kaaialii Kuhea, and from them we came, 11 children. Death took the rest, leaving us 3 still living; from their children came 42 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren, all together they have 75 moopuna.
Because he married our mother he lived here in Kona. During the uprising of Kaona, he worked as an officer, and that was when Kaona took our church for themselves.
Our father and the mother, mama Laika [Roy], prayed to the Heavenly Father to help them. It is true, their prayers were answered. The victory went to us. And that is why the name of our church is called Lanakila [“Victory”].
When the uprising of Kaona began, the officers went to arrest Kaona and his people, but Sheriff Like [? R. B. Neville] was detained and killed by them; and he escaped. He was held by Kaona’s followers, and while they huddled above him, he crawled beneath them until he came out from the other side. He spotted Loe atop his horse waiting for him; he ran quickly and grabbed onto the horse’s tail and Loe sped away on his horse to save the two of them.
When the troops were called in from Honolulu to arrest Kaona, my father was the one who took the warrant to the shore of Kaawaloa. He went by canoe with another man and the two paddled to the schooner Pilina. He gave the document to the captain, to turn his ship back to Honolulu to fetch the soldiers, and the captain carried out his orders.
The troops were brought aboard the Kilauea to arrest Kaona. When they arrived, Kaona and his followers were detained by the boys of Kau.
We, his children, extend our appreciation to those who gave their help, and God our Heavenly Father shall give the greatest blessings.
Our affection to the typesetters, to you, the Editor, is our great thanks.
Me, in grief and sadness,
Kainaliu, Feb. 7, 1924.
[It seems G. S. Kelii was the president of the president of Kona Waena’s Hawaiian Patriotic League (Ahahui Aloha Aina).]
For more on the Kaona story, see for instance Jean Greenwell’s “Crisis in Kona” which appeared in the Hawaiian Journal of History 21: 67–76.]
(Kuokoa, 2/21/1924, p. 4)