A warning to watch out for your children, 1864.


On Saturday, the 16th of April, E. M. Kaiwilioho, a daughter of D. Kaiwilioho and Lulia; this is how she died: In the evening of Saturday, or afternoon perhaps, the parents ofthat girl left for their work, hula; and the grandparent and grandchildren remained at home; the mother went for limu at the ocean, and one of the grandchildren went Playing; at that time, the grandmother went out to bathe one of the grandchildren thinking that the other grandchild went with the mother to the ocean.

Then she went a bit down toward the sea from there, there was a very shallow pool, and she saw the grandchild faced up, dead in the water; there was no one around there at the time, just the grandmother; she cried out to Kahue, “Go fetch them; we are here and have been overcome; Ema has died in the pool.” After she was carried to the house, they arrived there then, and I told them, “She died because of your carelessness, and your lack of vigilance; if you were vigilant, and careful, then she wouldn’t have died.” Hey! watch, think, and care for the children, lest they die in water. Watch over them carefully for ye not knoweth when the master of the house cometh, at midnight perhaps or at dawn perhaps.

J. L. Kekanakaahuahu.

Kekio, Kapaka, Koolauloa, April18, 1874.

(Kuokoa, 4/23/1864, p. 3)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke III, Helu 17, Aoao 3. Aperila 23, 1864.

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