A Hawaiian dies far away from home, 1917.

Passed Away.

It was from the steamer Ventura that news was heard of the passing of a Hawaiian mother well known by those of Hilo and Honolulu, that being Mrs. Meleana Keomailani Kenuwe, and her bones will be left in foreign lands where she lived for a long time, for 17 or more years. She left her beloved community of her homeland in 1888 to go live with her daughters, Jessie Kamokukaha Wilson and Mrs. Mary Kinoole Shotlz. Her sons-in-law worked planting fruits in the county of Santa Clara, an area in California that is fifty miles from San Francisco. She was born in Honolulu in 1829, and died at 76 years old. Mrs. Caroline Paakaiulaula Bush of this town is her younger sister, and here also is her son Alfred Kapahukapu Kenway. She has ten surviving grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. How sad for that beloved mother who has passed; she is a native and well-acquainted with living in the Lanipili rains of Hilo. When her daughters were young, she was a travel companion of the Lady Treasurer of this Aloha Aina newspaper [Emma Nawahi], and she was a favorite in the bosom of that beloved lady who has passed on. Aloha no. That path which she has taken is one we must all take. The Aloha Aina shares in the sorrow of the family of that beloved mother who has gone.

[It is good to note that sometimes there is the same Hawaiianization for different haole names. When one hears Kenuwe, we would usually think Greenwell, but here we see that it is what Hawaiians called Kenway.

It is also good to remember that there are at times more than one Hawaiianization for a single haole name.]

(Aloha Aina, 7/8/1905, p. 5)

O Mrs. Meleana Kenuwe Ua Hala.

Ke Aloha Aina, Buke XI, Helu 27, Aoao 5. Iulai 8, 1905.

Death of Mary Ann Kaaumokulani Kinoole Pitman Ailau, 1905.


AILAU—In Hilo, Hawaii. February 11, 1905. Mrs. Mary Ann Kaaumokulani Kinoole Pitman Ailau, daughter of the High Chiefess Kinoole and the late Benjamin Pitman, and widow of John Keakaokalani Ailau, aged 67 years.

Mrs. Ailau was known from one end of the group to the other, and in Boston and many of the Atlantic watering places.

She was born at Hilo 67 years ago, and with the exception of a number of years spent in Boston and New England completing her education, she always resided in the islands. She was a daughter of Benjamin Pitman a capitalist, who resided both in Hilo and Honolulu. The Pitman home was at the corner of Alakea and Beretania streets, on the site now occupied by the C. Q. Yee Hop building.

The Pitmans came here from Boston, where they were well connected. Mrs. Ailau’s father-in-law also resided here for a number of years. Her father married the High Chiefess Kinoole, daughter of the High Chief Hoolulu. Continue reading

Hawaiian returns home to Hilo after living in Boston for 50 years, 1917.


In the morning of last Friday, the steamship Matsonia docked in Hilo nei, and aboard the ship was Mr. Benjamin Keolaokalani Pitman [Pittman], the brother of the recently deceased Mrs. Mary Ailau. He left left Hilo when he was 10 years old, and went back with his father to the city of Boston, and he has lived there for a full 50 years, and this is the first time he has returned to see the place where he was born.

He is a direct cousin to George Mooheau Beckley, as their mothers were sisters; Kinoole is Mr. Pitman’s mother, and Kahinu is George C. Beckley’s. The two of them were daughters of the Alii Hoolulu who hid the bones of Kamehameha Ka Na’i Aupuni. He [Pittman] went with his people on a tour to see the fire of the enchanting woman of the pit, and on their return, they were entertained at the home of Mrs. Maraea Wilipaona [? Mrs. Maria Wilfong], and Mrs. J. D. Lewis and Mrs. Wilfong put on a luau to honor this Hawaiian Alii. On this trip of his to his homeland, accompanying him were his wife and some friends from Boston. On Saturday evening, he and his wife left for Honolulu, and from their they will return to his home in Boston. He is now a Millionaire living in Boston.

[Unfortunately, the digital images of the Hoku o Hawaii newspaper are only available online from 5/31/1917, and so the issue in which this story appears is not available yet (along with the ten years of newspapers that come before it).]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 2/8/1917, p. 2)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke 11, Helu 37, Aoao 2.