Emma Kaili Metcalf Beckley Nakuina, 1847-1929.


Was First Woman Judge Under U. S. Flag; Daughter of Hawaiian Chiefess

The first woman to be a judge in Hawaii under the American flag, Mrs. Emma Kaili Metcalf Beckley Nakuina died early today at the home of her son, Fred Beckley, in Kaimuki. She was born March 5, 1847, in Manoa valley, Oahu, the daughter of Theophilus Metcalf, a sugar planter, and Kaili Kapuolono, chiefess of Kukaniloko.

In the days of the monarchy she was judge of the court of records as commissioner of private ways and water rights for 18 years, continuing in this position after annexation.

Mrs. Nakuina, during the 80s and 90s, was the first curator of the national museum which was then in what is now the judiciary building. This museum was incorporated in the Bishop museum upon the star of the latter.

The deceased was educated at Sacred Hearts academy, Punahou school and Mills Seminary, Oakland, Cal., besides receiving instruction from private tutors.

Mrs. Nakuina was a member of the court of Kamehameha V. She was first married to Fredrick W. Beckley, chamberlain under Kalakaua, and later governor of Hawaii. While holding this office, he died.

Her second husband, Moses Nakuina, was an ordained minister under the Hawaiian Board of Missions and also served as deputy registrar of conveyances.

Mrs. Nakuina is survived by her son, F. W. Beckely, by a daughter, Mrs. Sabina Hutchinson, and several grandchildren.

Funeral services will be private.

(Star-Bulletin, 4/27/1929, p. 1)


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