Marriages from a hundred years ago, 1916 / 2016.


On Saturday, the 19 of this month, there were two couples joined together in the holy covenant of marriage by the Rev. James Upchurch. The couple joined together was Miss Lizzie Alapai and Joseph Sane.  They are both youths; the young woman is from Puuanahulu in the lofty heights, and the young man is from the furrowed jagged cliff faces of Puuwaawaa in the hazy heavy mists.

The second couple was Mrs. Kamakahuki Kaumelelau and Mr. Kailihiwa Kuehu; both of whom are elderly [aoo], gray-haired ones of Puuanahulu in the lofty heights.

After the ceremony was over, there was held a simple meal, and on the following Sunday, February 20, there was party held with a table laden with the delicacies to be drooled at, and we ate until we were full of the things that were prepared by the couples. The ones who got joined together, were grandchildren and grandparents, and they live in one home. The grandchild got married, and the grandparent got married, the passion in the loving waters of Waialoha is shared. Yes, it is so. Marriage is an admired thing for all, lest one’s bed be sullied.

These have been sweltering days in Puuanahulu in the lofty heights, but the verdure of the land from one side to the other remains; there are much grasses of this mountainous region in the uplands of the Highlands [Hilina] of the assembly of hills.

My affection and appreciation,


Puuanahulu, Feb. 21, 1916.

[Na Kuawihi Ekolu is Ka Ohu Haaheo i na Kuahiwi Ekolu, which was a pen name for J. W. H. Isaac Kihe.]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 3/9/1916, p. 3)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume Buke 10, Helu 40, Aoao 3. Maraki 9, 1916.

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