Death of Rev. Orramel H. Gulick, 1923.


After an illness for a number of months past, the Rev. Ornamel H. Kulika, the oldest pastor in Hawaii nei, grew weary of this life, at 93 or more years old, in his home at Manoa, at 4:15 in the afternoon of this past Tuesday. His funeral service was held in the old Kawaiahao Church at 4 in the afternoon of last week, and in the cemetery of the missionary teachers in the back of Kawaiahao Church is where his body was laid to rest for the time after.

He was born in Honolulu on the 7th of October, 1830, and he was educated at Punahou school. Rev. O. H. Gulick and his brother John T. Gulick who died many months ago were students of the first class of Kapunahou school in 1841. John T. Gulick passed on the past 14th of April, in the uplands of Manoa. The two of them were the only surviving students of the first class when the 75th anniversary of the school was held in 1915.

In  1857, he was a second mate of the schooner “Hoku Ao” taking and returning the missionary teachers from Hawaii to the Islands to the South, and when the schooner “Hoku Ao” sailed again for the archipelagoes to the South, he was a first mate, in 1858. He was ordained as a minister in 1862, and stationed in Waiohinu, Kau, Hawaii, and he served as kahu there from 1862 to 1865. It was the late Gulick with his wife who first built the Girls’ School in the district of Waialua, and for four years he served as principal of the school.

Thereafter he was sent by the American Missionary Board [Papa Misiona Amerika] to Japan, and he lived and worked in Kobe from 1870 to 1892. When he returned to Hawaii, he was installed as a travelling missionary to inspect the parishes on the island of Hawaii by the Hawaiian Board [Papa Hawaii].

In the month of May, the day 19th, 1855, Mr. Gulick and Ann Aliza Clarke were joined together in marriage in the stone building on Kawaiahao Street now, and from their joining, until the death of Father Gulick, the two of them were married fro 68 years, and there were looked upon as one of the longest married couple in Hawaii nei. On the 19th of May in 1905, they celebrated their golden anniversary at the home of Theodore Richard, the treasurer of the Hawaiian Board.

The Father Gulick who died was the first born of the late Rev. Peter J. Gulick, who sailed to Hawaii nei because he was sent by the Boston Board [Papa Bokekona] as a missionary teacher in 1828.

Mr. Gulick held a government position for ten years. He was a secretary for the legislature from 1850 to 1860, under the monarchy. He was 92 years, 11 months, and 11 days old when he laid to rest; it was all that was left before he lived until 93 years old, and he almost lived a full 20 years in Manoa Valley.

He was a man who greatly prized the solemnity of the Sabbath, and he was very much against frivolity on the Sabbath, he was an enemy of actions opposed to what is right. That was his nature until  his death.

(Kuokoa, 9/27/1923, p. 5)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXII, Helu 39, Aoao 5. Sepatemaba 27, 1923.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s