Death of Lillian Kamehaokalani Mondon, 1918.


At Pahoa, Puna, at midday of Thursday, Aug. 1, with her death bed being surrounded by her beloved parents and younger sibling, Miss Lillian Kamehaokalani Mundon left this faint life, and went on the path all living souls must take; after being ill for several months.

She was born at Waipouli, Kapaa, Kauai on the 12th of Aug. 1888, from the loins of Mrs. Harriet Kaluapihana Mundon and George Mundon, and at her birth, she came under the care of her Royal Grandparents who have gone before, they being Emalia Kaapookalani and her husband, L. Kapahuilima Kaumualii. She was educated in her youth at the Government School of Kapaa, and when she became 12 years old, she was sent to the Kamehameha Girls’ School, and it was at that school which she remained and graduated from with great honors from that School.

She took a job under Mr. Buckland to edit the proceedings of the previous Legislature, and for one year she was his typist, and when she left the job under Mr. Buckland, she returned to College for a short time. At that time the Bulletin had a popularity contest, and Lillian had the most votes, and because she received the most votes, she was awarded, other than with a trip to California, with being sent to tour Hilo and the volcanic crater, and when she returned from her trip to Hilo, they travelled to the Golden State of California, and on that trip these Hawaiian girls went along: Miss Hattie Saffery, Miss Kate Sadler, Callie Lucas, Rose Aloiau, Daisy Todd, Hessie Lemon, Bernice Dwight and Emma Rose. This was a tour on which the beauties of Hawaii nei was made famous. After they all came back from the trip, and when her parents went back to their job at the lumber planing mill at Pahoa, she returned and lived with her parents and helped with the household chores. After this, she became the typist for the company, and carried out all kinds of tasks, and finally became the bookkeeper, and she remained at this job until  that lumber mill closed; and she became ill, and she spent many days looking for a cure, but that was not the idea of the one who creates man, and He took when he wanted to and left her beloved parents and younger siblings to carry the burden of grief. She was a young woman of the royal lineage from the Island of Kauai, but she was not one to boast of her alii class. She was a girl who lovingly honored her parents, and she was as a Parent to her many younger siblings, and she assisted in their education, for she added her assistance with her Father’s in educating her many younger siblings. She was a young woman who was relied upon with aloha by her friends, and was a hospitable friend to her friends. Her smile was always seen whenever she was visited by her friends and schoolmates, and  it was as if she did not know [unclear phrase]. She always retained her fine womanly poise up until her hour of death; she did not become agitated, but she offered words of hope to her parents and her younger siblings who bowed their heads and wept at the side of her death bed. “Don’t be so sad for me, for I will not die, but I will go to my eternal rest in the bosom of gracious God. Our God is a benevolent God, and he is a God who thinks of the good of his children, and I am going home with him to live again in righteousness.”

These were words spoken by one who has Trust in her Creator, and who is going prepared to stand before the great Father.

Her body was returned to Hilo, and after her younger siblings came back from Honolulu, her last service was held at Haili Church, led by the Kahu of Haili. The hymns sung at her final memorial service, are some which perhaps moistened the cheeks of some in the Church, and they were hymns which were directly related to her way of life, and great faith she had for the Home of rest beyond. After the services at the Church was over, her final procession went to Homelani Cemetery, and at the side of her younger siblings who had passed on before, her remains were laid, and she will sleep the eternal sleep [ka moe Kau a moe Hooilo], and await the touch of the Head Angel on the last day to wake those who slept in faith. “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”

With her family and her multitudes go our loving thoughts, and the Lord which Lillian had faith in without any doubts, will give them peace.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 8/8/1918, p. 3)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke 12, Helu 10, Aoao 3. Augate 8, 1918.

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