MY BELOVED WIFE HAS GONE.
MRS. LUCY KAHAINA KEOHOHINAOKALANI KEKOA.¹
Mr. Solomon Hanohano, captain of the Kilohana; Aloha oe:—please extend me your patience, and your boys of the press, to insert into an open room my bundle of tears of clouds banks appearing in the morning which just arrived, and it will be for you to carry it to the homes of the many friends of my beloved wife.
Ane Kealoha Kawaihoa Namakelua has gone. She left me, her husband in marriage at 12 noon, on the 7th of January, 1919, at the home of our foster parent, Laika Kekuewa and Mrs. Hiku Kekuewa, on Morris Lane, Kapalama, Honolulu, and her earthly body rests at Puea Cemetery the eternal sleep, just as is written, for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return [he lepo no oe a e hoi hou aku oe i ka lepo.]
My dear wife was born from the loins of Gapa (m) and Kahalewai (f) at Heeia, Koolau, Oahu, the home of her parents, on the 25th of December, 1892, therefore, she spent 27 years and 12 days in this life and left me and our hanai and all of the ohana grieving in this world.
Because of the sickness she had upon her body, a remedy was sought from doctors for six months or more, but the knowledge of the son of man could not hold it back. And so what the Great Book says came true: Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. [O ke kanaka i hanauia e ka wahine, ua piha i na popilikia, a he pokole kona mau la.]
My dear wife was educated at the public school at Kahuku, and we were married on the 18th of May, 1908, by the Father Abraham Fernandez, of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, and we were married for 10 years and 6 months.
Ane Namakelua was a woman of aloha, she was welcoming, hospitable, and she had many other good traits that I, her husband, recall with pride.
She was devout, and she devoted much of her time doing the work of the church, and she upheld the laws of the church like she understood them. She greatly yearned to build a temple, and she prepared well for that time to come, but because of sickness in her body, her wish was not fulfilled.
She held positions in the church; she was a teacher for the Children’s Group [Hui Kamalii]; she was on a committee in the Relief Society [Hui Manawalea]; she was a member or the Sunday School [Kula Sabati]; a member of the Youth Group [Hui Opio]; a member of the Choir [Papa Himeni]; and a member of the church.
She undertook all of these works while insistently instructing the brethren to correct themselves through the teachings of the church.
Therefore, all of her works have become something through which I will never forget her.
I give my appreciation to all the people who gave their aloha in floral gifts and lei: the Children’s Group, the Youth Group, the Sunday School, the Choir, the Relief Society, the brethren, and everyone else who gave adornments to beautify her grave.
I also give my thanks to everyone who watched over my wife with me, and who went with me on her last journey to the graveyard of Puea.
And I also give my thanks to you, Mr. M. E. Silva, for your skillful with the remains of my wife, and for your caring well for her for four days and for bringing her to Puea Cemetery.
And also I thank you, the Editor of the Kilohana, and to your metal typesetting boys goes my endless warm affection.
Blessed be God, the Almighty Father. It is He who giveth and He who taketh away.
Me in sadness,
¹This picture is most likely actually of Ane Kealoha Kawaihoa Namakelua, and not of Lucy Kahaina Keohohinaokalani Kekoa.
(Kuokoa, 1/17/1919, p. 4)