O Kuokoa Newspaper, Aloha oe:—
On the 11th of March past, printed in your columns was a letter pertaining to us, the school students of Ahuimanu.
It was stated that the letter came from us! We state before the public that maligning letter was not from us, but from a traitor and perhaps two or three who are devoted to him. If it were from us, you could associate these words of the Bible to us, “I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.” It is appropriate perhaps to those evil ones, but not to us. By our saying this, we do not think to clear ourselves, and to boast that we are extraordinarily good. This is very clear to our monitor, in this and that kind of mischief that is always forbidden by our teachers. But the wrong has been placed on the faultless, and that is what gives us great pain. Our teachers teach for five or six hours. There are break times as well, and there are times to work as well. During break times, we rest. During work times, we do what we are told to do: farm, tend the fire, chop wood, sweep, clean the floor, wash dishes, wash jugs, salt our food, and so forth and so forth. That is how we were educated from the beginning. Where in that does the teachers’ fault lie?
Auwe the heartlessness, the malevolent, and evil heart of the traitor and his comrades! We are the elder students of Ahuimanu.
T. Spencer, G. Titcomb, Frank Barrel, I. C. Asam, Mannuel Roberts [Manuel Roberts], Luka Makakoa, Pilipo O. Kuaulu, Michael Lusan, Louis Manomano, H. S. Kamohai, Joe Perry [Joseph Perry], H. Maemae, N. Poka, Clem. Akina [Clement Akina].
The little children remaining.
Ahuimanu, Maraki 16, 1876.
[This is in response to a scathing article by unnamed students at Ahuimanu College saying that they are not taught properly by the teachers. “You will not find nearly one student who has not drank of this thing called alcohol…” Kuokoa, 3/11/1876, p. 1]
(Kuokoa, 3/18/1876, p. 2)