Passing of Victoria Kahoa Kaahumanu Tolman, 1893.


Death of an Adopted Daughter of Queen Kaahumanu.

Mrs. Victoria Kahoa Kaahumanu Tolman died at the residence of Hon. F. S. Pratt, Punchbowl street, of heart failure, at 9:30 o’clock yesterday evening, at the ripe age of 78, Kahoa Virginia is a twin sister to Teresa Oana [Aana], both being born in Kailua, Kona, in August, 1815. Shortly after their birth, in fact the same night, both were adopted by Queen Kaahumanu, and taken from their home. Their mother was Holau, a true descendant of Lonoikamakahiki and Keikilani, King and Queen of Puna, of whom there are many stories in Hawaiian history. The father was the late Jean Jassin Rives [Reeves], commonly known as Father John, of the Catholic Mission, who went to England with Kamehameha II.

Kahoa was first married to an American minister named Mr. Peirce [Pierce] about 1832 at the age of seventeen, and the fruit of the union was a son, Henry Pierce. Henry went to Peterbowsky, Kamchatka, Russia, and died there as a Russian merchant, a few years ago. Kahoa was divorced from Mr. Pierce after the birth of their son, and in 1840 she next married a Frenchman named Tolman, who has died since.

Mrs. Tolman leaves two half brothers besides her niece, Mrs. Pratt. She was Mrs. Teresa Cartwright’s grand aunt. The funeral took place from the residence, Punchbowl street, at 3 o’clock this afternoon, the interment being at the Catholic cemetery.

(Daily Bulletin, 9/27/1893, p. 3)


The Daily Bulletin, Volume VI, Number 840, Page 3. September 27, 1893.


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