Died at California.
O Kuokoa Newspaper; Aloha oe:—
Please insert the words above in an open space of your depository, and through you it will be seen far and wide; perhaps his relations are living. Pita Kaaihuepuaa died on the 5th of April. The reason he died is like this: On the 29th of March, six indians [ilikini] appeared at his house and asked for a canoe to the other side of Butte Slough, a large river whose waters flow angrily and with great force; and the place where his house stood, was at the mouth of that river. He gave them a canoe, perhaps the length of the canoe was four cubits [kupita] and the width was one cubit and a half. First taken were four, leaving one and the one who rowed [? Lawe mua ia eha, a koe hookahi a me ka mea hoi nana e hoe], but they soon flipped over. And being that the indians were drowning in the billows of the water, and the time was near when would leave the life of sorrows of this world, and their people on shore wailed because of the tragic circumstances, so this Hawaiian ran at once to save them on another canoe of the same length and came upon them. He called out, “Don’t grab my canoe or we will all overturn. Grab onto the canoes [? E paa no oukou i na waa] and I will tow you to land.” Those indians did not pay heed. They immediately grabbed his canoe and it overturned, and they all swam together in Waialoha. He tried to get them to shore, and one was lost from that. The reason he did not get to shore as well, was because when he got them ashore, he moved into a place where the water was strong. He tried to get to a place for him to come to shore, but he could not. He was taken three miles away and found by some haole. This man was from Honolulu, and all the Californians who went back to Hawaii are familiar with him. Aloha to all of you.
J. A. Kapahukula,
West Butte Sutter Co., California. Aug. 31, 1868.
(Kuokoa, 11/28/1868, p. 4)