Lilia Palapala, former student at Waialua Girls’ Boarding School, 1881.

LETTERS FROM THE STUDENTS OF HALEIWA, WAIALUA.

Keaiwa, Kau, Feb. 21, 1881.

Mrs. Mary E. Green. Teacher of the Boarding School of Haleiwa, Waialua,Oahu. Aloha to you and all of the students under your care.

I saw your announcement in the Kuokoa Newspaper of this year, pertaining to the students of Haleiwa the, fromthe time of O. H. Gulick until this time, and the pertaining questions.

Now, I am one of the students from the time of O. H. Gulick, and I am pleased to answer your questions. And here are the questions and answers.

Q 1 What is your name?

A Lilia Palapala

Q 2 Where do you live now?

A At Keaiwa, Kau, Hawaii.

Q 3 What do you do now?

A I spend most of my time working at the house, caring for the children and teaching them what I can.

Q 4 Are you married?

A Yes.

Q 5 If you are married, how many children do you have? And what are their ages?

A Six. The first is 10 years old,the second is 8 years old, the third is 6 years old, the fourth is 3 years old, the fifth is 3 years old, the sixth is 8 months. But the fourth of these children died on the 8th of July, 1879.

Q 9 Do you have a haole husband, or a hapa haole one, or do you have a Hawaiian husband?

A I have a Hawaiian husband.

This is my story.

I graduated from the school in June 1869, and returned to Hilo; I was married there to E. P. Hoaai, on the 31st of July of that same year, and in 1870, we lived at Keaiwa, Kau, Hawaii, and in 1871 we returned to Hilo for two years; in 1874, we left Hilo and lived in Puna for one year and five months, and in 1876 we left Puna and lived in Keaiwa, Kau, until today.

My aloha does not end for Haleiwa, the home where I was educated.

There are no kamaaina here in this land, there are only malihini from other lands; this was a barren land before, but now, sugar cane grows and it is milled.

The chiefess Pele continues to blaze atop Maunaloa; there are two craters that are fiery now.

For you goes my full appreciation; may you remain always a teacher of Haleiwa from Above.

I am your obedient servant,

Lilia P. Hoaai.

(Kuokoa, 4/9/1881, p. 4)

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Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XX, Helu 15, Aoao 4. Aperila 9, 1881.

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