Mr. Akioka, a Chinese taro farmer/poi maker, dies, 1922.



Mr. Editor of the Kuokoa Newspaper, Aloha kaua:—Please kindly allow me an open space of your newspaper, for our loved one, our father has left us, his children and his wife; he has peacefully left for that realm we must all go to.

He had a swelling sickness, and the doctor was fetched, but he did not get any relief and died.

Our father was born in the “land of flowers,” China, on the 30th of November, 1851, and he left us on the 18th of May, 1922; he was over 71 years old.

He left China when he was 29 years old. He arrived in Hawaii on the second ship of Chinese laborers. He arrived here in Waipio and worked under Ah Hapa & Co. for a number of years, and due to the deceit of his boss, he became a poor man.

After facing this trouble, he had a great desire to pay back evil with evil. He therefore asked one of his countrymen for help, but what he got was, “Go away!”

He did not give up. He went once again before L. Akaka, the one who held the lease of Waipio from Bishop Estate, to ask for his assistance. L. Akaka agreed, but this was the agreement: Akioka would take all that he needed, and when he got paid, he was to pay off his debts straight off.

He began his path by farming a section of land known as Manuhi; he worked tirelessly everyday until his taro was mature.

He had one mule to take his pa’iai to Kukuihaele, and all the way to Waimea while he climbed by foot. For several years he persevered in this way, and he made progress. With this progress, he purchased some mules and horses, and also got some workers.

The last thing he did was to revitalize the association which he belonged to, spent his money, and the association dissolved. [?? O ka panina hope ana i hana ai, ua hoopaipai aku oia i ka hui ana i noho ai, a i puehu ai kana mau dala a ua poho ka hui.]

He began by pounding poi with a stone, then he employed a machine run by the waters of Hiilawe, and then this past year, he installed a 12 horse-power gasoline motor which turns out 200 pa’iai in an hour and a half.

He supplies some areas in East Hawaii and feeds some areas in West Hawaii.

To conclude, we give our great aloha to our intimates and friends, for their joining us in this hour of suffering, and for accompanying us on his last journey.

We, the family,





Waipio, Hawaii, Iune 1, 1922.

(Kuokoa, 6/8/1922, p. 8)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXI, Helu 23, Aoao 8. Iune 8, 1922.

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