For more on the history of Hawaiians in the Pacific Northwest, check out this nice post from the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program!
[Found under: “NU HOU KULOKO: Oahu.”]
From Oregon.—We have received a letter from J. A. Alapai from Oregon, County Jacksonwille, paying his year’s subscription for our Kilohana,¹ $4.00 in Stamps; we appreciate this subscriber who lives in lands far, far away, in his paying for the life of the Paper to our people nearby. And in that letter, he spoke of some Hawaiian men living in that place shown above, as well as some women. Here below are their names and their places in Hawaii nei:
W. B. Kanaina (m), from Lahaina, Maui; C. W. Kalua (m), from Puunoa, Lahaina, Maui; J. A. Kupapaulu (m), from Lahaina, Maui; B. L. B. Makakoa (m), from Moalii, Lahaina, Maui; H. E. Kamahiai (m), from Moalii, Lahaina, Maui; N. Inuawa (m), from North Kohala, Hawaii; C. L. Kahoinea (m), from Kailua, North Kona, Hawaii; J. A. Alapai, the one who wrote the letter, from Waipunalei, Hilo, Hawaii; and as for the women, J. U. Keaumalahia (f), from Kahaluu, South Kona, Hawaii; Mary Lumahai (f), from Kaumakani, Kipahulu, East Maui; and these Hawaiian women gave birth to two children, one each; one half Chinese named Ioane Amiuna, and one half Indian named Uluhani; and that is what Mr. J. A. Alapai presented to us of that place shown above, Jackonville County, Oregon.
¹”the Foremost,” is an epithet for the Kuokoa Newspaper.
[Hawaiians were and are to this day travellers. There are letters written by Hawaiians travelling about or living in lands afar written to the Hawaiian-Language Newspapers from early on until the very end. I wonder what became of these people, if they stayed there in Oregon, moved on to somewhere else, or came back home to Hawaii nei…]
(Kuokoa, 8/29/1868, p. 2)