A REMEMBRANCE OF MRS. KAHALEKAI.
Mr. Editor of the Kuokoa Newspaper, Aloha oe:—Please insert in an empty space of your newspaper for my dearly beloved wife who left in the night, that being Mrs. Ellen Lake Kahalekai, on the 30th of October, 1916.
She was born at Kipahulu, Maui on the 6th of July, 1881, and her parents were William Lake and Hana Kunukau Lake; and she was cared for in Waihee until she was grown, until she went to school in Waihee.
We attended the same school for many years, and she was educated for a short time at the old Maunaolu School.
She was one of the beautiful rose buds that blossomed there. We were married by Rev. Kapu at Waihee on the 14th of March, 1899, and we lived in Spreckelsville for three years, and we had one of our daughters on the 10th of March, 1900.
We travelled to many places looking for our livelihood; we were at Kahului for one year, and at Puunene for three years working solely for the railroads, and she became a fine mother for the home those days.
We returned to Waihee and there we lived for many years, and she became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, and she was a devout woman; she nearly travelled all around Maui County walking about dealing with God’s work.
She was a president for the benevolent association of the district of Waihee [ka hui manawalea o ka apana o Waihee], and a treasurer for various groups of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints in that district; there are many passed on who were in need, and there were given aid by the benevolent association of Waihee when she was sitting as president.
She was a woman with an open heart, welcoming the servants of God and associates and friends.
She died at the Paia Hospital on the 30th of October, 1916, because of a serious condition that befell her body, that being kidney disease [? mai puupaa]
My grief is great for my beloved wife who passed on to the other world, leaving me with our children who are motherless.
Firmly fixed are the words of God: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,” and that is how I receive relief from my dearly beloved wife leaving for the other world.
We lived for seventeen years in the covenant of marriage, and we have ten children, six who died and four who remain, and it is death that separated us, and she left behind a baby girl of ten months when she grew weary of this worldly life.
She endured for a long time this weakness that her body suffered. She was a proper woman, she was thrifty with all we made as we lived patiently. We faced many difficulties along with our children, but we persevered, but it was through her carefulness that we accumulated bits until we had a home to live in separate from our parents.
My dearly beloved wife left on that long road, and her remains returned to the belly of the earth, and her soul returned to God. I wish to be united with her in the other world, should I do what is right, following the desires of God in his kingdom.
There were many times that she went to Laie as a representative of the benevolent society of Waihee that is held every year on the 6th of April.
This expression of love for my dearly beloved wife will do, and i pray to Almighty God for his assistance for the typesetting boys of the Kuokoa newspaper.
She spent 35 years, 3 months, and 24 days breathing in the fine air of the land before she left. With mahalo,
Waihee, Maui, Nov. 26, 1916.
(Kuokoa, 12/1/1916, p. 4)