Hon. S. M. Kamakau has gone!
With sadness we announce the somber news before our friends this morning, of the passing of the spirit of the Hon. S. M. Kamakau at his home, leaving behind his earthly body. He died at 2 in the afternoon this past Tuesday [September 5th] at his home in Kahehuna. This famous Hawaiian was born in Ewa, at Mokuleia, Waialua, on Oahu, on the 29th of October, 1815. His father was Kapakanaka, the child of Kuhemu, the child of Haupu. His mother was Kaaoaoakahaiaka, daughter of Leihulu and Kaonohiakala. He wed his wife, S. Hai, who is grieving, at the sheltering breadfruit of Lele, Lahaina, on the 24th of November, 1844. During their days together living quietly, they had seven children, four who died and three still living. He was known by the lahui as one who kept the genealogies of the alii of Hawaii nei, and the history of this archipelago, and with his death, it is like Hawaii has been dealt with a great loss of an adviser in such things, being that it was as if he was the only one who reached such a rank.
He was a man that was proficient in governmental duties, he was employed in that capacity often, and he was a Representative for many sessions until he died, he being a Representative for this district. His name was famous in the newspapers with his thoughts on the history of the alii, and mostly for the history of Kamehameha I, and we believe that his death is a disaster for Hawaii. He was a man who thought much of the Bible, he was pious and lived righteously. He joined the Catholic faith recently because of his opposition to some things, however, he was devout in the word of God. He was 61 years old and 10 months. Yesterday, his earthly body was carried to its final home and there was a grand and stately funeral to be remembered hereafter. How sad!
(Lahui Hawaii, 9/7/1876, p. 2)