Memorial of the Hawaiian People, 1893.



Hawaiian Natives.

A Committee of 5 members was chosen to take the Petition [Memoriala] of the Hawaiian People which was unanimously passed by the Delegates sent by all of the Districts from all over the Archipelago to the Convention of Delegates, before the Honorable James H. Blount, by the Hawaiian Patriotic League [Hui Hawaii Aloha Aina]; and it was divided thusly, with one member from each Island, like this.


John Richardson     Island of Maui.

S. H. K. Ne     ″ Hawaii.

J. K. Kaiheopulani     ″ Molokai.

Ben Naukana     ″ Oahu.

J. A. Akina     ″ Kauai.

John Richardson was the Chairman [Lunahoomalu] of the Committee. It was exactly at 3 o’clock when it was first announced that the Committee arrived; they were cordially welcomed and the petition of the Lahui was read and it was left with the Honorable James H. Blount. The Commissioner conversed briefly with the Representatives, and at their leave, they expressed their appreciation for their treatment; and that the conversation between the commissioner and the committee was congenial.

Memorial of the Hawaiian People to the American People.

Whereas his Excellency [ka Mea Mahaloia] Grover Cleveland, President of the United States of America, has honored the Hawaiian Nation by sending to us the Hon. James H. Blount as a Special Commissioner [Komisina Wae], to find out the true wishes of the Hawaiian People as to the proposed annexation of their country to their great friend the United States, therefore;

We, the people of the Hawaiian Islands, through the delegates of the branches of the Hawaiian Patriotic League [Hui Hawaii Aloha Aina] of all the districts throughout the kingdom, in convention assembled, take this mode of submitting our appeal and expression of our unanimous wishes to the people of our great and good friend, the Republic of the United States of America, with whom we always entertained the most cordial relations, whom we have learned to look upon as our patrons and most reliable protectors, and whose honor, integrity, and sense of justice and equity we have ever confidently relied for investigation into the grievous wrongs that have been committed against us as a people, against the person of our sovereign, and the independence of our land.

And While we are anxious to promote the closest and most intimate political and commercial relations with the United States, we do not believe that the time has yet come for us to be deprived of our nationality and of our sovereign by annexation to any foreign power.

And Therefore we do hereby earnestly and sincerely pray that the great wrongs committed against us may be righted by the restoration of the independent autonomy and constitutional government of our Kingdom under our beloved Queen Liliuokalani, in whom we have the utmost confidence as a conscientious and popular ruler.¹


North Hilo—D. Hoakimoa

Central Hilo—K. M. Koahou

Hilo Town—Henry West

Puna—S. T. Piihonua

North Kona ————

″     ″—W. E. N. Kanealii

South Kona—C. G. Naope

North Kohala—S. H. K. Ne

Hamakua—J. H. Halawale


Lahaina—R. H. Makekau

Waihee—J. K. Kealoalii

South Wailuku—W. B. Keanu

North Wailuku—Thomas Clark

″     ″—T. B. Lyons

″     ″—D. Kanuha

″     ″—J. Richardson

Makawao—J. Kaluna

″    —J. Kamakele

Honuaula—S. D. Kapono jr.

Hana—S. W. Kaai


Kaunakakai—J. N. Uahinui

Pelekunu—D. Himeni


Ualapue—J. K. Kaiheopulani

Kalaupapa—S. K. Kahalehulu

Halawa—A. P. Kapaehaole

Kainalu—S. K. Piiapoo


District One—F. S. Keiki

″ Two—Charles Keawe

″ Three—J. K. Prendergast

″ Four—E. Johnson

″ Five—S. K. Pua

Ewa—J. K. Kauku

″     —D. W. Keliiokamoku

Waianae—S. W. Kailieha

Waialua—Bejamin Naukana

Waimanalo—J. Kimo


Hanalei—Charles Kahee

Kilauea—George W. Mahikoa

Hanapepe—D. W. Kamaliikane

Waimea—J. A. Akina

Wainiha—S. K. Kaleikini

Waioli—J. Molokai

Joseph Nawahi,


J. K. Kaulia


[See also mention of a picture taken of the committee that took the Memoriala to Blount from an earlier post here.]

¹Taken from p. 504 of the Blount Report.

(Leo o ka Lahui, 5/3/1893, p. 2)

MEMORIALA A KA Lahui Hawaii.

Ka Leo o ka Lahui, Buke II, Helu 697, Aoao 2. Mei 3, 1893.

A mele for the pāʻū of the Queen, 1893.


(Composed by the Hon. J. M. Kauwila, and copied for Ka Leo o ka Lahui and Ka Oiaio by the Aloha Aina Representative of Puna, Hawaii.)

S. T. Piihonua.

1st.  Ka pa-u lau lehua o Liliuokalani
Ka Akea [? Akoa] ka Mamo ke Kaunaoa e
I lawe’a mai e ka makani moani
Ua hoomau i ke ala ko Hilo kini e

Hui.  Kakua o Liliu i ka pa-u wai palupalu
Kikahakaha lau i ke one o Hanakahi
Ka pa-u muo kuku ia e Hinaakeahi
Hoopulu elo ia e Kauakanilehua

2nd.  Ka pa-u lau hinano iluna o ka hala
I kapalapala ia e ke ala o Puna
I hoolulu loea ia e Nuakele e
A oki ka pa-u puolo wai a ka ua

3rd.  Ka pa-u lau olapa iluna o ka laau
Olapa ka pa-u o Liliu nei ka pihe
Nakolokolo lua nakolo i na moku
Ka mahalo i ka nani o ka pa-u o Kalani.

(Leo o ka Lahui, 5/8/1893, p. 3)


Ka Leo o ka Lahui, Buke II, Helu 700, Aoao 3. Mei 8, 1893.

Prince Leleiohoku’s glittering gold bar, 1922.

[Found under: “Makalei, ka Laau Pii Ona a ka I’a o Moaula-Nui-Akea i Kaulana”]

Ko ma’i auka gula laa ke,
Lilelile lua nei la a u.
Ono paha i ka wai la a ke,
Nana nuu ke poo laa u.
Inu nei a e holu la a ke,
Luhi a loha i ka wai la a u.
Maluna ka wilina iho la a ke,
Oni e a olalo la a u.
Hainaia ko ma’i la a ke,
Holu ae nape i ka wai la a u—


[Many times mele are used to enhance stories, and there is no telling where you might find a mele, old or new. This procreation chant for William Pitt Leleiohoku for instance is included in this story to add to the mood following a description of the deeds of the “kalohe”.]

(Kuokoa, 2/17/1922, sec. 2, p. 2)

Ko ma'i auka gula laa ke...

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXI, Helu 7, Mahele Elua, Aoao 2. Feberuari 17, 1922.

The Hon. J. A. Nahaku passes on, 1887.

The Hon. J. A. Nahaku.

In the deep purple morning of this past Thursday, the 24th of this past month, at Honuakaha, here in Honolulu, the Almighty Father was pleased to take the last breath of our dearly beloved father, and leave him behind to sleep the eternal sleep at his last home in Makiki. And left behind were tears of grief on this side of the grave. And he passed after being troubled with sickness for the long period of seven years.

The Hon. John Nahaku was born at Mahukona, Kohala, Hawaii, on the 18th of September, 1830, from the loins of Kaoiokalani (f) and Namaka (m) and until  his recent passing, he was aged 56 years, 5 months, and 6 days.

J. A. Nahaku was educated at the district school of Kohala, and in the year 1850, he entered into the school of Rev. E. Bond, at Iole, and in 1852, he entered into the Hilo Boarding School, and in 1854, he entered into Lahainaluna College under the tutelage of W. P. Alexander, and in 1857, he graduated from Lahainaluna and returned to Kaanapali where he married his wife, Mrs. Ruth Keliiokahekili, and there he resided and in 1860 he was appointed Sheriff of Kaanapali. In 1864, he was elected as a Delegate to the Constitutional Convention. And in 1866, he was elected as the Representative for the district of Kaanapali, and in 1868, he was reelected, and in 1870 he was appointed as census taker [Luna helu] for the district of Molokai and Lanai. In 1875, he was appointed as Census taker for the district of Lahaina, and in 1876 he was elected as Representative for the district of Kaanapali, and in the same year he was chosen as Tax Assessor for the district of Makawao.

He served again as Tax Assessor for Makawao in 1857—75—and in 1879, he was chosen as Tax Assessor for the districts of Molokai and Lanai.

In 1880, he was reelected as Representative for the district of Kaanapali, and that was his last term in the Legislature.

In 1881, he was selected as assistant Judge [hope Lunakanawai] for the district of Lahaina, as an assistant to D. Kamaiopili.

In 1882, he was chosen as secretary for the Board of Genealogy of Hawaiian Chiefs [Papa Mookuauhau o na Alii Hanau o Hawaii nei], and it while serving at this post that he passed on.

In 1883, he was chosen as Tax Assessor for the district of Lahaina, and this was the last year which he filled a government post.

As a Lawyer, he began serving as a full Attorney in the year 1866, until that day mentioned above, when he left behind all the work of this life.

J. A. Nahaku was a greatly trusted man by his friends, and he was highly prized by our greatly loved King, and he was a friend to everyone all around Maui.

He was a loving father, he was kind, welcoming, he recognized the great and the small, and his friends most likely shall not forget him.

He was a tireless father to us children, and his grandchildren, and so too to all of his family; he never grew weary of us, even if weakness constantly attacked [?? hooiao ?? hoohao] his body, and thus he persevered the hardships of this life until he passed on.

We ask the powers of heaven to lighten our heavy hearts. “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Amen. [E hoonani ia ke Akua ma na lani kiekie, he malu ma ka honua, he aloha no i kanaka. Amene.]”

John K. Nahaku, Jr.

(Kuokoa, 3/5/1887, p. 3)

Ka Hon. J. A. Nahaku.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXVI, Helu 10, Aoao 3. Maraki 5, 1887.

Poomaikelani’s search for alii genealogies, 1883.


It is being advertised and shown to the public that the Board of Genealogy of Hawaiian Chiefs [Papa Kuauhau Alii] is prepared to hear the genealogies of those who put forward their pedigree as related to the Chiefly Class, every first Monday of the months of the year, where they put before us the clear genealogy written down in this fashion:

FATHER [makuakane]——— MOTHER [makuahine]

GRANDFATHER [kupunakane] ——— GRANDMOTHER [kupunawahine]

GREAT GRANDFATHER [kualuakane] ——— GREAT GRANDMOTHER [kualuawahine]


And so forth until the earliest that the genealogist can show.

A notice will be given and time will be set aside for those who object to the genealogies that will be published, for those who know the old stories and mele, you come as well. Time will be set aside for them to come to the Business Office of the Papa Kuauhau Alii, on the Palace Grounds in the town of Honolulu, Oahu. Commencing at 9 o’clock in the morning, until 2 o’clock in the afternoon on the Mondays mentioned previously.

Signed on this day the 26th of June, 1883.  J. A. Nahaku,

Secretary of the Papa Kuauhau Alii.  Approved by:



(Elele Poakolu, 8/1/1883, p. 4)


Ka Elele Poakolu, Buke IV, Helu 31, Aoao 4. Augate 1, 1883.

Argument in Vernon, California, 1870.


O Ke Au Okoa;—Aloha oe:

Please extend you patience for this, so that the many friends of the one killed will know; that being William McCoy Kekoe, who was stabbed with a knife by George Osgood Maikai, and died.—This man, Maikai, is from Lahaina, on the island of Maui, and Kekoe is from Oahu, at Paakea, and Kamoku, and his place of birth is on Maui.

This is how the heinous crime happened: while W. M. Kekoe owed G. O. Maikai a sum of money more than ten dollars, and being that Kekoe did not repay this debt; therefore, Maikai stated that he would take the net of Kekoe to go Salmon (Kamano) fishing, and if he caught fish in the net, the debt would be paid off with the fish (after selling it and getting money). Kekoe agreed to Maikai taking his net until Kekoe’s debt was paid off; and then the net would return to who it belonged, that being Kekoe; however, Maikai did not take the net and left it, and took Mr. J. Kapu’s net,—and thereafter, W. M. Kekoe sold his net off to some friends for $40.00 on the 22nd of this July, and Maikai heard that the net of Kekoe was sold for forty dollars, and that W. M. K. was getting ready to return here to Sacramento (being that it was in Vernon that this evil deed was done); this preparation was done in the dark, at nine (9) o’clock in the evening.

G. O. M. went after him to ask W. M. K. to repay his money, and W. M. K. refused; that G. O. M.  would not get the money because he left behind the net. They continued to argue in that way until the stabbing, and G. O. M. immediately fled in those minutes. This is all, with aloha for the Luna, and the boys of the Government Press [Papa Pai Aupuni].

W. D. K. Paniani.

Sacramento City, Cal, July 26, 1870.

(Au Okoa, 8/25/1870, p. 2)

Pepehi Kanaka.

Ke Au Okoa, Buke VI, Helu 19, Aoao 2. Augate 25, 1870.

Memorial Day past, 1902.

Honoring Alii

In the early morning of this past memorial day [la kau pua], Prince David Kawananakoa and his friends glided quietly up to the grave of our Alii.

As he entered, he placed flowers and beautiful lei upon the coffins there. It is good that he honored them, and we believe this to be aloha for the alii. We are with him in his actions.

[Let us not remember those who we aloha just on this one day of the year…]

(Kuokoa, 6/6/1902, p. 2)

Ka Hoomanao Alii

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XL, Helu 23, Aoao 2. Iune 6, 1902.