Historian J. D. B. Kuakahela dies at sea, 1899.


O Kuokoa Newspaper. Aloha oe:—Please flash across the four corners of Hawaii to Niihau, so that the wife, children and grandchildren see, being that they are in Honolulu, and also all of the friends and fellows of the one who died.

J. D. B. Kuakahela died on the 18th of February 1899 at Milolii, South Kona, Hawaii. When he went and was in the area where he wanted to fish, he was floating; we saw him fishing in that area, between the coast of Kalihi and Omokaa. When we looked once more, Kuakahela was no longer floating in that area, and we thought he sailed to some other place. Some minutes later, pieces of the canoe were seen broken into small bits, his fishing line container [poho aho], and his hat floated upon the shore. That is when we said, that is the canoe of Kuakahela; he is in trouble. I instructed W. J. Kaleimoku to go by canoe to search for Kuakahela, so he went to go look, and a number of hours later, he was found dead.

And thereafter a canoe arrived, and the boys aboard that waa were going fishing without knowing that Kuakahela met with disaster; they were told of the calamity and they went to bring him to the house, and when we got there, the waa with the body of the deceased, J. D. B. Kuakahela aboard, landed. His body was not bruised by the action of the ocean. He was one of the elders of this Church of Miloliii who passed on. Aloha no.

J. W. M.


J. D. B. Kuakahela of South Kona, Hawaii, has died because a wave crashed onto his canoe while he was fishing. While he was living, he instructed that at his death, that he is to be buried with all of his newspapers, and this wish of his was carried out.

[That last comment is awesome. I bet I would have liked this man!]

(Kuokoa, 2/24/1899, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXXVIII, Helu 8, Aoao 2. Feberuari 24, 1899.

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