Veterans’ Day in Hilo Town, 1943.

The 11th of November

Twenty-five years ago, on a Sunday, there was heard the ringing of the church bells here in Hilo. People asked one another, “What are these bells ringing?”

Calls to the telephone operator [kikowaena] rushed in, “Why are the bells sounding?”

The operator replied, “THE WAR IS OVER IN EUROPE. The opposing nations surrendered, and the Treaty was signed.”

That is when people began shouting, and those of the Chinese shops were woken up. Firecrackers were purchased and set off, and cars began going through the streets tooting their horns and dragging cans behind them. This did not cease until the hours of dawn came.

The following Monday became a great day in Hawaii nei and all of those victorious countries of the first world war. There were no bars in those days, because of the prohibition. Continue reading

And more from the Deshas, 1944.

Our Day


Kealakekua, Friday, May 12, 1944—This is the birthday of our firstborn, Stephen Luluhiwalani Desha, III. Today he is twenty-two years old. This afternoon the Rev. Desha will go down to Milolii because he will hold prayer there this Sunday. He is going to Milolii at once because he wants to go fishing. He wants some fish to take to Honolulu. The kamaaina sends you off, O malihini, with a bundle for your hand.

I will not get to Milolii this week, and our Aunty, Mrs. Annie Au of Napoopoo and her grandchild, will go down with Rev. Desha. She will stay with Mrs. Sarah Kalua, the teacher of Milolii, and Rev. Desha will stay at the home of his friends, Mr.and Mrs. Eugene Kaupiko.

 Saturday, May 13, 1944—By way of telephone from Honolulu, I heard the sad news of Mrs. Kaulani Woodward, that she left this world of life. Aloha ino no. Mrs. Woodward was the actual Aunty Judge R. Desha of Honolulu, Mrs. Eliza Desha Brown of Hilo and the Rev. Desha of Kona, and she was the actual younger sister of their mother, Mary Kaakopua Desha. Mrs. Kaulani Woodward was born in Napoopoo, Kona, and she was raised there until she was grown up. She married David Bent, and had two sons by this marriage, David Kaonohi Bent and Henry Kuuhaealoha Bent. Mrs. Pearl Nye and Samuel Kekumano are children of her brother, Samuel L. Kekumano who passed on earlier. She was married again to the Rev. Joseph Woodward perhaps twenty years ago or more. The first resided in Kohala, during the time when Rev. Woodward was assigned as Kahu for the Kalahikiola Church. They moved to Waimea when Woodward became Kahu for Imiola Church. They moved once more to Napoopoo when Rev. Woodward was called to be the Kahu for Kahikolu Church. There they lived until Woodward retired. They then returned to Honolulu this past year. From what I heard, the funeral will be held on Monday, May 15. The kamaaina of our beloved land are going little by little.

[This is a nice genealogy centered around Kaulani Woodward. Genealogy can be found anywhere!]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 5/24/1944, p. 1)

Ko Maua La

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXIX, Number 5, Aoao 1. Mei 24, 1944.

Names for the stages of life, 1909.


1  Ka hanau ana

2  Ka huli ana

3  Ka pupuu ana

4  Ke kolo ana

5  Ke ku ana

6  Ke ka i ana

7  Ka hele ana

8  Ka wa opio

9  Ka hookanaka ana

10  Ke oo ana

11  Ka emi ana

12  Ka wa elemakule

13  Kanikoo

14  Kolopupu

15  Haumakaiole

16  Palalauhala

17  Ka-i-koko

18 Uhi-ka-paeleele

19  Kau-ka-puaa-i-ka-nuku

(Lanakila, 9/23/1909, p. 26)


Ka Lanakila, Buke 1, Helu 11, Aoao 26. Sepatemaba 23, 1909.