And more on the passing of John G. M. Sheldon, 1914.


At nine o’clock in the morning of this past Friday, the life breath of John Kahikina Kelekona left forever at his home; he was a very famous historian, and an old newspaperman in this town in years past, and his famous works will become an unforgettable monument to him.

He left behind many children, six daughters and two sons. The girls are: Mrs. I. Cockett; Mrs. J. R. Francis; Mrs. Ernest Kaai; Mrs. Joseph Namea; Mrs. M. Dutro, of Wailuku, Maui; Miss Emma Sheldon; and the boys are: D. K. Sheldon and Henry Sheldon, who work as clerks on inter-island steamships.

He left also two brothers [hoahanau]: William J. Sheldon, one of the esteemed members of the legislature some sessions ago, and Lawrence K. Sheldon who is with the law enforcement office in Honolulu.

Kahikina Kelekona was born in Kona, Hawaii, on the 11th of June, 1844, and when he was but a school child, he came to live here in Honolulu. For a time his father, Henry L. Sheldon, was an owner and an early editor of the Bulletin Newspaper. He was an interpreter for the courts for some time  and interpreter for the a number of sessions of the legislature. Kahikina Kelekona wrote a book on the story of Koolau, the fierce one of the jagged cliffs of Kalalau, and also the book on the story of Joseph Nawahi of Hilo, in Hawaiian.

This past Sunday, it is said, that there was a service over his earthly body at the crematorium in Maemae, and his ashes were buried at the cemetery in Nuuanu.

[There is usually a range of death announcements that appear in the various newspapers [Hawaiian and English], with different information included. It is important to look at all that is available when you are doing research.]

(Kuokoa, 4/3/1914, p. 4)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LII, Helu 14, Aoao 4. Aperila 3, 1914.

1 thought on “And more on the passing of John G. M. Sheldon, 1914.

  1. A e lilo aela kana mau hana kaulana i kiahoomanao nona e poina ole ai…aole keia o kana pua moopuna e poina…mahalo a nui loa aku no no kou hookomo ana i keia mau atikala hou nona.

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