More on ’93 KS graduate, Abraham Pihi, 1898.


Mr. Editor.

Aloha oe:

Should it be satisfactory to you and your workers, here is my bundle of olive leaves that is placed above, so that our many loved ones living all the way from Haehae where the sun rises to the pleasant base of Lehua where the sun sets may see it.

My beloved has gone, my companion who I would talk with in days gone by, that is my beloved man, Mr. Aprahama Pihi, who is a native and a familiar one of the land famous for the “Kanilehua” [Hilo] and the fragrant bowers of hala of Puna, and the land of the Haao Rains [Kaʻū], that is the roots of my dear husband who left me, his companion, his wife, grieving at the side of his grave. Auwe! How dreadful. Abraham Pihi was born in Puueo, Hilo, Hawaii on the 5th of January, 1872, of E. P. Hoaai (m) and Lilia Palapala (f), and the two of them had 7 children: 5 daughters and 2 sons; and 2 of them went off in search of the footprints of their parents, and 5 remain mourning on this side: 4 girls and one boy.

He was educated at the Hilo Boarding School under the principal, Rev. W. R. Oleson [W. R. Olesona]¹. After he was done there, he entered Kamehameha School in 1893. He was at that school for 1 year, but because it was learned that he had the disease that separates families, he asked the principal, that being the Rev. W. R. Oleson, to release him. He returned to Wailuku, Maui, where his mother was living with his new father, the Rev. S. Kapu; he lived with his parents until he was taken in by the disease that separates families; he was taken from his parents and his younger siblings. He was taken away to this land of no friends in 1895. The number of years he had in this world was 24 and eleven months and 13 days, when his last breath was released.

We were wed on the 24th of December, 1896, by the Rev. D. Kaai at Beni Li’s place in Kalaupapa; we weren’t married for a whole year before he passed away.

He died on the 14th of December, 1897, and on the 15th, his body was carried to the cemetery of Papaloa, makai of Kalaupapa; and it was the hui Anela [?? Angel association] and the hui Hoohanohano o na la hope nei [?? the honoring association of the latter days], under the presidency of P. Kiha, that gave honor to his body, under the direction of the Kalaupapa band headed by D. Kealakai.

The hui Anela was at the head of the hearse along with the band, and the hui Hoohanohano and the family followed the car; he was a member of both of these associations.

The procession went from Kalawao to Kalaupapa, and it was in the Y M C A where the service was held over his body, and from there to his grave, and because of my great aloha for my dear husband, I composed this loving kanaenae for him, and that is what appears below:

This is my loving kanikau,
For you O Aperahama Pihi,
My beloved kane in the confusion of Kalawao,
The land of pain where we lived,
Here am I, in pained with love, that pain afflicted by no hand,
Your remains being taken away,
How am I to find you?
Auwe, my husband,
My unending love for you,
My man in the pandanus groves of Waileia,
That deserted place where we would go,
We would revel in the calls of the birds,
With the Iiwi that dwelled in the upland forests,
Auwe, my husband,
My unending love for you,
My husband in the calm of Baldwin Home,
That sacred home where my husband lived,
Enduring the many days of waiting,
Life followed the ringing of the bell,
Auwe, my husband,
My unending remorse over you,
My husband in the uplands of Kawaluna,
My Aloha for those places where I lived with my man,
My husband of the home with not many people,
There is but one kind of people,
Our fellow sufferers,
Auwe, my husband,
My unending love for you.

I will stop here; my greetings to the boys who set the metal type.

Mrs. Hattie Pihi.

¹This should probably be W. B. Oleson and not W. R. Oleson.

[This gives just a bit more insight into the picture of the Kamehameha graduates of 1893, and also explains the reason for Abraham Pihi being classified as deceased in the chart showing where the 1893 Kamehameha graduates lived and their occupations.]

(Aloha Aina, 1/15/1898, p. 7)


Ke Aloha Aina, Buke IV, Helu 3, Aoao 7. Ianuari 15, 1898.

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