John Lot Kaulukou, what an exciting life, 1917.


After a sickness of a few weeks ago, Judge John L. Kaulukou grew weary of this life, in the hospital at Kealakekua, on this past Saturday, and Judge Kaulukou was laid to rest for all times at his land of birth.

He was in the hospital for an entire month [??? ka noho ana o aku o kona kino lepo maka ilina,] because of a pain in his leg, under the medical care of Dr. H. L. Ross, the government doctor there; and the knowledge of the doctor could not save his life, until he left this world on that day indicated above.

The Judge left behind his widow, Mrs. Susie Kaulukou, and three sons, Abraham G. Kaulukou, the secretary of Kauai County; Lot Kalani Kaulukou, known also as Lot Sebastian, famed for dancing and living in lands afar; and John L. Kaulukou Jr; along with a large family and many friends, grieving with regret for him.

His Birth

Judge John L. Kaulukou was born at Keauhou, North Kona, Hawaii, on the 1st of June, in the year 1841, therefore, he lived for sixty-seven years and a day, before he left this life of hardships. His father was a Spaniard [Paniolo] and his wife was a Hawaiian, therefore he is also called a hapa Paniolo.

In the younger days of Judge Kaulukou’s life, he was orphaned by his parents leaving this life early, so the responsibility transferred upon his grandfather to educate him; the first step taken to raise him until he became an important giant of the land in the days of the monarchy of Hawaii nei.

His Education

When he was but thirteen years old, he was enrolled into Lahainaluna Seminary when it was headed by J. F. Pogue, and thereafter by Doctor S. E. Bishop; and in 1869, he graduated Lahainaluna, in the first graduating class of Lahainaluna, under the principal, Doctor S. E. Bishop.

For three month after graduating Lahainaluna, Judge Kaulukou worked at the photo studio of Mr. King here in Honolulu, and he was appointed as a school teacher for Keauhou, Kona, Hawaii, his homeland.

He taught in the district school of Keauhou for four years, and he came back to live in Honolulu nei, learning law under the Supreme Court Judge Harris, and thereafter under Supreme Court Judge Judd.

While he was learning law, he was working at the same time as a guard for the insane asylum, and as a school teacher for Maemae, and without shame peddling oranges on the streets.

In 1877, he was appointed as district judge for Koolau Poko, and in 1880, he was voted as a member of the legislature from the district of Koolau Poko and so too in 188…

In this year, King Kalakaua appointed Judge Kaulukou as the secretary for J. A. Kapena, the minister to Japana, and he spent four months living in Japan and one month in San Francisco.

In the year 1884, he was appointed as sheriff for the island of Hawaii, and two years later, he was again voted as a member of the legislature from the district of Hilo, Hawaii, and a short while after the election, he was ordered by King Kalakaua to take the position of post master for here in Honolulu.

It was but for a short time that Judge Kaulukou held that post, when he was appointed as marshal [ilamuku] of the nation, and in that same year, he was appointed as attorney general [loio kuhina], but he only served in that position for ten days when he returned to being the Ilamuku, and Akoni Loke [Antone Rosa] took his place as attorney general of the nation.

After leaving the position as ilamuku for the nation, he became an attorney, and was again voted as member of the legislature in 1898, and in that session, he was chosen as speaker of the house.

Before being appointed as district judge for Kailua, Hawaii, many years ago, he practiced law in Hilo, and here in Honolulu; and in his later years, he was a proponent and advocate amongst Hawaiians of the gospel, and he was a committee member to support preaching at the churches of Helani and Mokuaikaua.

The sad news of the departure of Judge Kaulukou from this life was shocking to his many friends living all over Hawaii nei.

(Kuokoa, 6/8/1917, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LV, Helu 23, Aoao 2. Iune 8, 1917.

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