THE CALM SEAS [of Kona]
Kealakekua, Monday, May 1, 1944. At Mokuaekaua [Mokuaikaua], Kailua, was where our prayer was yesterday, and it was carried out as usual. The Holy Communion [ahaaina a ka Haku] was carried out with great reverence. There were some malihini as well who came to this worship.
After the prayer was over, we thought to return quickly home, but that friend of our came, Miss Esther Ahuna, and asked us to come and dine at the restaurant of Kailua. We agreed to this kind invitation and we went to eat at the restaurant. We ate fish. The restaurant was filled with military men, but these soldiers were all gentlemen. After we were done eating, we went to visit Hulihee, the home of the Alii who passed on.
Miss Alice Brown is the caretaker of this Royal Grounds, and on this day there was held an exhibit of flowers and lei there. All kinds of lei were shown. From rose blossoms to grass flowers [? pua mauu]. From violet blossoms to seaweed from the ocean. One of the lei that was much visited was a lei of limu kala from within the sea, and one lei was of grass flowers and if you look at this lei, it is very similar to a feather lei. The best lei was a red plumeria [pua melia ulaula] lei. This lei was chosen for these reasons: one, it was made expertly; two, for the uniformity of the flowers; three, for the largeness of the lei; four, it was a lei that could be worn, not like the lei of limu kala which could not be worn on the neck. There were many awards given for these lei: war bonds [bona kaua] and war stamps [bona pooleta].
In the afternoon was held a dance on the Royal grounds for the soldier boys. We did not stay for this, but we went home before the dancing started. A choral and musical club from Kailua entertained while the people visited in the Palace, and Kini Ka’s club played for the dancing.
Kealakekua, May 9, 1944. Our second son, John Naihekukui Desha, returned for the last days of this past week. He is in the military at Honolulu. He was taken from the University in the beginning days of the war. He returned on the airplane with his friends, some haole boys, and at poi eating, he is number one. He eats heartily of poi. He says that Kona’s poi is delicious.
We are preparing to go to Honolulu to join in the activities of the convention of delegates from all the islands held there. The Convention will be from the 18th of this month. For many reasons, the Churches from here in Kona cannot send delegates to this Convention. Therefore, there are only two members of the Convention that are going from Kona, that being the Rev. Morimoto of the Central Kona Union Church and the Rev. Desha. Rev. Desha is responsible for leading the worship of the morning of Friday, May 19, 1944.
Our daughter will graduate from Kamehameha School, and that is one of the reasons we are going to Honolulu. The Principal of Kamehameha asked Rev. Desha to speak to the children who are graduating this year, and he agreed to this request. On Sunday, the 21st of May, will be when he will give a speech to the children. This will not be the first time he is speaking before the children of Kamehameha, but he gave a speech in 1941, at the graduation of our son, John Naihekukui Desha.
We will stay at the home of our elder sister, Mrs. May Haae, at Kalihi, Honolulu.
[I like these installments because there is always so much information given.]
(Hoku o Hawaii, 5/17/1944, p. 1)