SOME THINGS PERTAINING TO HAALILIO.
Koolau, Oahu, was where he was born; his parents were prominent people. His father died when he was a youth, and thereafter his mother (that being Eseka who is still living) became Governor of Molokai. When he was 8 years old, he joined the family of the King, Kamehameha III, and lived with them. They were at Hilo at this time. When he was 13, Haalilio entered the school of Bingham [Binamu] in Honolulu, and he studied English and…
(Elele, 4/25/1845, p. 13)
…Hawaiian. He was astute in composition, and mathematics, and the kings assets were entrusted under his care. The King put great faith in him for his fidelity.
Later, Haalilio was selected as assistant Governor of Oahu; as treasurer for the nation, and diplomatic claimant. He was admired in the enlightened nations for his competence.
O Children of Hawaii nei, this is encouragement for you; seek out these two things: the goodness of God, and knowledge and skill. That is what made Haalilio a famous man in this world, and blessed his spirit in that world.
Haalilio and his Bible.
We have heard of the death of Haalilio; a peaceful and victorious death. Why did he die victorious? Here is one reason; he read greatly of the word of God. That according to Mr. Richards, his travelling companion. After they left, from Maui, Haalilio took his Bible, and read often; he read twice from Genesis to Revelation, in entirety; and he also read, skipping about here and there amongst the Holy words. Let us look to this. Which brethren here in Hawaii surpasses this? Haalilio was not a brethren, but his aloha for the Holy words was greater than a great many brethren. This is a good sign for him: a person who has great affection for the Bible and reads it often is close to the kingdom of God.
Haalilio and prayer.
They were in trouble aboard a brig; there was no quiet area to pray; so it was until they arrived at Mexico; there was no solitary space; and they entered into the house of a British man to visit for a short while; there they had a private room at night; they went in and Haalilio said, “How lucky we are to have this private room; finally we have a place to pray to God.” They prayed together, and Mr. Richards admired the prayer of Haalilio that night; it was a prayer with much humility; it was a prayer of repentance and he proclaiming his sins, and he asked from God for his people at Hawaii, and for his power to help in the mission of the two of them, and to give them protection. He went on praying; Mr. Richards heard him at times praying quietly at night, perhaps because he thought they were all asleep. That is maybe the reason their mission succeeded. That is perhaps why the independence of the land will be restored. Don’t you think? For true prayer is powerful; just as Jacob said, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” These are things to remember and to become learned. Jehovah is the God of Hawaii nei, and it is only to him that we should look.
(Elele, 4/25/1845, pp. 14)