My favorite Aloha Aina, allow me some space. At 3 o’clock in the afternoon, this past Friday the 26th of May, the breath of my dear Sam P. Lohiau. He was born from the loins of Mr. and Mrs. Kawaa Lohiau, at Okoe, South Kona, and it is the sister of his mother who is writing. He entered Lahainaluna School in the year 1900, and in this coming July he was to graduate from that school.
He had a sickness where he threw up blood and was in bed with that sickness for almost five months, which weakened his body, and he passed away at 21 years old and 8 months or more; we spent much time looking for a cure from the haole doctors and the Japanese, but we did not succeed. His words to us, his parents, “Pray to the Lord that he may come out victorious;” we carried out his wishes; we prayed with him until he wore out.
His words to the two of us is something we will not forget; how sorrowful. He was a pleasant boy, and had many friends in school and here as well, and he had much aloha for us, and that is the reason I am sending this statement to you, my favorite; and because your writer has not had enough time to send in his dirge [kanikau] this week, therefore, when the ship comes once more, you will receive his kanikau. I am done and send my aloha to the patient workers.
Hoopuloa, South Kona.
(Aloha Aina, 6/10/1905, p. 8)