Carl Kahalewai returned from Jarvis Island, 1938.

That youth was overcome by weakness.

The Ship Roger B. Taney Goes to Fetch Him.


There was news over the Radio in Honolulu from a small island to the south, that being from the island of Jarvis, speaking of the suffering of a Hawaiian boy, Carl Kahalewai, of a severe illness.

When the news reached Honolulu, to Mr. Black, the person looking after the rights of America in Hawaii, the news was told to a ship guarding the harbor and it prepared immediately for a speedy trip to this little island to take Doctors and medicine to save that Hawaiian boy. Uncle Samuel wasted no time and went directly to work and that ship left last week and went full speed to reach the island to save this boy.

It was a long trip, about 1300 miles or more from Hawaii nei.

The lucky thing was that the little island was provided with an icebox, and they had ice to put on the injury. A replacement for that boy was taken from Honolulu. The ship left in the morning of Tuesday last week and arrived at the island the following Friday. While the ship was on its way, word was heard in Honolulu that the boy was getting better.

When the ship arrived, there was no delay and he was placed aboard, and the ship returned to Honolulu. When he got on board this past Friday, the ship returned speedily hoping to get back and take him at once to the hospital.

This hope was thwarted, for on the following Saturday, he grew weary of this earthly life. The ship docked this Monday with the remains of the young man, and the family arrived at the pier to see their beloved; joining them was Representative Samuel King, because this boy is a cousin of Mrs. Samuel King.

His father is Sam Kahalewai who was the supercargo aboard the Haleakala some years ago.

According to the doctor, he suffered from a ruptured small intestine. It was also said that when he got on board the ship, he seemed fine, and the doctor believed that they would arrive in Honolulu without ill fate befalling the boy, however this did not come to pass.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 10/12/1938, p. 3)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXIII, Number 24, Aoao 3. Okakoba 12, 1938.

1 thought on “Carl Kahalewai returned from Jarvis Island, 1938.

  1. He had appendicitis. Of course it took days to travel by ship back to Honolulu, and without an appendectomy, he obviously died from the infection en route. That was an ever-present danger for the Panala`au colonists on the Line Islands from 1935 through 1942; they had radio communications, but no quick way to receive help in case of injury or illness.

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