REV. J. WAIAMAU HAS PASSED.
Passed at 12:30 in the Dawn of Monday.
Many Friends Went on His Final Journey—He was 64 Years Old.
At dawn on Monday of this week, the life breath of John Waiamau Kekuhaupio Aneheialima was fetched and taken from the one known to us by his first names. With his death, gone is one of the kind, generous, good, and enlightened elders of this archipelago. He was born at Niulii, Kohala, Hawaii, in the year 1837; he spent sixty-four years of his life in this world. Aneheialima was his Father, and Waiwaiole was his Mother.
His youth was spent there, and he was educated in the government schools. After that he entered the Bond’s boarding school at Kohala. As he was attending school those days, it was noticed that he was very capable in his lessons, showing his intelligence and his being quick to grasp that which was taught to him. From this boarding school of Bond, he was sent all the way to the Hilo Boarding School. He was there only for maybe two years when he left for Lahainaluna. At Hilo Boarding School he displayed his competence and when he entered Lahainaluna, he did not begin at the very bottom, but he joined the somewhat higher class. He was there for only three years when he graduated. He became a favorite of his classmates while he was at school because they recognized his goodness, uprightness, and his helping his friends in trouble.
From this school, he came here to Oahu and was employed as a teacher at Waialua, Oahu, as an assistant to Emerson senior. When Emerson left, he left his work in the hands of this young man and he carried out this work with knowledge. While he carried out the duties here, Pogue and Alexander insisted that he join the theological school [kula kahuna]. After he thought about this request, he gave his agreement, and they were the first students who were taught at this school in those days of its beginnings. It was at this school where he was taught the work which he carried out until he left this life. His competence and his great suitability for this work was seen, and when he graduated from this school, he was asked by the church members of Lihue, Kauai, to go and carry out the work at that Church.
In the year 1864, he chose a companion for this life and he was joined together at Wailuku, Maui, by the father Alexander, with Miss Phoebe Keliikuewaloa [Miss Poipe Keliikuewaloa] in the the Covenant of holy matrimony. In the year 1865, they went to the parish of Lihue, Kauai. There they both toiled at the works of the Lord, and he took upon his the work of two Churches, they being the church of Wailua and the church of Lihue. Under his care, there were many who converted and helped in this fine work in these places. The two of them live here for seven years, and there, four of their children were born, they being Ester Kawaikini, Walter Kamakawiwoole, Stella Aipo, and William Kauhiokalani. Two of these children are still alive and two have left before their father. The children still living are Walter and Stella. Walter is in Hawaii now, and Stella is here before them now. When the two of them left this parish for the Church of Helani in North Kona, they were blessed with their child, John Keanu Waiamau. This child was born here in Honolulu, and he is still living. From this child, they have three grandchildren, and all these grandchildren are living at the patient settlement at Molokai.
While the two of them were at Helani, Kona, they put much effort into their work, and the growth of the works at the church where they lived was seen. Thereafter, the care of the head church of Kailua went to him, and his efforts was seen. One of the important things he accomplished while he was at these places was helping kahunapule whose livelihoods were not cared for by the brethren. He went amongst the members and encouraged them to be good to his fellows of the same profession, and this is something they will not forget.
The two of them lived in this parish for eleven years, and it was there that they gave birth to five of their children, they being Kalikookalani, a girl, and at her death the one after was also called by her name, she being Elizabeth Kalikookalani, who is living now. Born was Judah Titeona Aneheialima, Helen Kawaikini, and Imaikalani. Two daughters remain, Elizabeth and Helen, and the rest have gone to the other side.
In the year 1880, or somewhere near this year, he received orders for the two of them to go and care for the church of Kaumakapili. They thought over this order and after discussion with the brethren of his parish, they left them and returned to Honolulu nei to care for the last Church he served. One of the great things he did there was putting great effort into putting an end to the large debt. This was one of the very fine churches built in this town, and much money was needed for its construction. When he took the position at this church, he realized one of the great jobs before him was to try hard to put an end to the debt of this church. He went before the alii and received much help from them, along with the wealthy haole amongst us. He did not stop his efforts for this debt until he put aside his work at the church. When he quit, the problems of this church were almost over with, and the father after him totally put an end to the deficiencies.
While in Honolulu, some children were born, that being Luther and Opeka Kaiana and Nellie Kalanilehua. Opeka and Nellie passed on to the other world, and one of them still lives. If they add all of their children, they totaled thirteen. Two of the children are married, they being John [Keoni] and Walter. Walter has four children with his wife; and he [John Waiamau] loved these grandchildren and this was something that gave him joy in his gray-haired days. Walter is in Kona, Hawaii and perhaps he has not yet received the sad news. There are six children living and seven who have passed on to the other realm.
For some years long ago, he was continuously selected as chaplain for the Legislature, and was familiar to Law Making in those days. After he left his work at Kaumakapili, he became the kahunapule of Kawa, and he held this position until he could no longer go. For six years he was bedridden with paralysis [ma’i lolo], and this sickness did not leave him until he passed. He was fine and strong until he fell from a small path at the side of their house. This place was only two feet high, but because of his age and weakness, this fall was powerful and according to the examination of the doctor, a blood vessel was severed. He fell at 4:30 in the Afternoon on Saturday, and from then he lay ill and in pain until his passing.
While he was alive, he always taught his children and family to be modest, and to love his fellow man, to be patient in all things as he was. He enjoyed seeing his friends visiting his home, and sometimes his house was packed; he looked for places for all of them to live. He was intelligent, and according to father Gulick [Gulika], when he was serving as kahu of the Evangelical Association [aha euanelio], and there arose a big argument, when Waiamau stood, the argument stopped and they followed his guidance, for his instructions were wise, and he was modest in all things. He cared for his family, and his children were important to him, and this is something for them to remember all of their days. He great efforts were in good works, and he was always connected to his vocation until he left this life.
Before his death, he tried to tell some things to his family, but they could not hear what he was trying to say. He tried harder to speak to them, but his final thoughts could not be understood. He looked strong until his passing to the other world.
There were many friends who accompanied him on his final journey in this world, and his body sleeps at the cemetery of Kawaiahao with the many who passed before him to the other world. We join with the family in mourning, and ask the Heavenly Father, the Creator who gave him strength until he left, to lighten the grief of his wife and family.
[This was one long death announcement, like a mini biography! These announcements can tell you a lot. If anything, there is a great amount of genealogical information that can be found.
Also, note that the columns here are edged in dark black lines (as is this entire issue) in observance of the mourning for the death of President McKinley, announced on the first page.]
(Kuokoa, 9/27/1901, p. 6)