Death of Miriam Kaaikala Pereira, 1915.


Mr. Editor of the Kuokoa, Aloha oe:—Please insert in an open space of our pride, the topic placed above so that all of the family and friends of my elder sister living from the rising of the sun at Kumukahi to the setting of the sun at the pleasant foundation of Lehua Island.

At 6 o’clock in the morning, December 2, 1915, my dearly beloved older sister, Mrs. Miriam Kaaikala Pereira, grew weary of this life at her home on Kaumualii Street, and she left behind a sorrowful bundle of love for me, her younger sibling, and her beloved husband, and her children who are without a mother, and her whole family, who grieve for her. Aloha, aloha for my dear older sister who has gone afar!

Her sight before us is no more, is gone. How sad!

My beloved older sister was born on the 22nd of December, 1889, and she was 26 years old when she moved swiftly and silently on to sleep the eternal sleep of summer and winter.

Aloha to my patient older sister; she was a helping hand for all the good works of the Church and the Sunday School of Kalihi and Moanalua this past seasons.

She was a Sunday School student for the district of Kalihi Kai; she was industrious in the work for her beloved Lord in this unfamiliar land. She was a member of the Puula Church in Puna, Hawaii; she was a mother with a loving heart, she was welcoming and a parent for everyone who showed up before her.

Her work in this world is over, and she has gone to the bosom of her loving Lord. It is He who giveth and He who taketh away; blessed be his name.

She married her new husband, Vincent D. Pereira, on the 26th of December 1914, by Abraham Fernandez; therefore they were not married for a whole year before she left her beloved, a husband who is mourning after her.

With her first husband she has four children who are now living, and with her new husband she has one child. These children are bereft of a mother; these children without a parent have therefore gone under the care of the family of the deceased.

O Puna of the fragrant bowers of hala, where my beloved older sister found pleasure in her youth; no more will she smell your deep fragrance; no more will you drench her with your cool frangrances; She has gone; you will no more see her form; you will no more hear her voice; her toil is over; her grief is over; she has found relief in the loving bosom of her Lord.

O Kauai of Manokalanipo, where my dear older sister found enjoyment, this is the sad package of aloha, a bundle for tears, that you, my two elder siblings and I, your later born, grieve, for our loved one who has gone. How regretful for my dear older sister who has travelled afar. We will no more see her form and no more will we hear her voice.

She was sick for only four days; a doctor was sought out to make her better, but she did not find any relief and left us. According to the findings of the doctor, she had heart problems.

In the capital of Honolulu nei is where the light of the bodily house of my beloved older sister went out, and the earth returned to earth. Man’s life is a vapour that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away, and that is how my dear older sister grew and blossomed beautifully, and the stealthy hand of the angel fetched her like a thief in the night and took her spirit, leaving her earthly body for us, the family, to grieve over.

So with these loving thoughts dedicated to my beloved older sister, the words of my prayer to the Heavenly Father ask that He lighten our heavy hearts.

My unending esteem goes to Mr. Editor and the metal typesetting boys of your press.

Her younger sibling in sadness and grief,


Kalihi Kai, Dec. 21, 1915.

(Kuokoa, 12/24/1915, p. 3)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LIII, Helu 52, Aoao 3. Dekemaba 24, 1915.


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