Wallace Kuakapu Naope passes away, 1939.


Wallace K. Naope

In the evening of this past Friday, Wallace Kuakapu Naope grew weary of this world after being taken to the Hilo Memorial Hospital [Halemai Hoomanao o Hilo] after contracting Pneumonia [Numonia]. It was but a few hours after he was taken to the hospital that he passed away.

With his passing, lost is one of the icons in politics. He ran for the position of senator in the Democratic party a number of times, but he lost and the victory of the other candidates for senator was difficult and only by a slim margin.

Wallace Kuakapu Naope was born in South Kona, and was educated at Lahainaluna School. After leaving the school, he came to live in Hilo nei with his older brother Harry K. Naope who died earlier a little over a year ago, who was the great one amongst the choir leaders of all the choirs across the Archipelago.

He enlisted in the military during the world war, and was stationed at Schofield Barracks where the soldiers were encamped until the end of the war when he returned home.

He became a member of the American Legion of Hawaii [Hui Legiona Amelika o Hawaii], and he was so until his passing.

He left behind his wife and children, his older brother and younger brothers, his sisters, and their mother who is over eighty years old and is seen all over the place, walking sometimes, and she is still strong.

He also left behind his brothers of the Legion and his friends and companions who mourn for him.

He was 46 years old.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 3/15,1939, p. 3)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXIII, Number 46, Aoao 3. Malaki 15, 1939.

3 thoughts on “Wallace Kuakapu Naope passes away, 1939.

  1. Thank you for this article. Wallace was married to my grandmother and they had three children together. My grandmother remarried a year later to a widower who ended up being my grandfather.

      • This is a sad part of our family’s history as it left my grandmother as a widow at the age of 29, with three children to care for in the midst of the Great Depression.
        I spent a lot of time at my grandparent’s place in Panaewa as a child in the 60s and 70s. They were both resilent and grew all kinds of food (avacado, guava, soursop, orange, lemon, taro, banana, etc.) on their land. My grandmother made her own poi in an ancient poi pounder. They always had food for us to eat.
        My uncle Walter, Wallace and my grandmother’s first child, is still alive. He had been a Marine in Korea. I haven’t seen him in years and I’ll try and get him this article.

        Once again, Mahalo Nui Loa.


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