Hawaiians in the Marquesas Islands, 2002.

Our Honolulu

By Bob Krauss

Letters tell of forgotten Hawaiians

HIVA OA, Marquesas Islands—At Atuona, a tattooed Marquesas wearing a “Aranui Crew” tank-top pointed from the cargo deck down the pier and shouted, “Hawaiian.”

We walked over to a medium-sized man beside a pickup loaded with copra andshook hands with James Kekela. He is the descendant and namesake of a Hawaiian missionary to the Marquesas who was honored by President Abraham Lincoln for saving an American sailor from the cannibal pot. Continue reading

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Zakaria Hapuku writes from Atuona, Hiva Oa, 1865.

From Z. Hapuku.

Atuona, Hivaoa,
Nov. 25, 1865.

Rev. L. H. Gulick, Aloha oe:—Because the skiff of the haole came to purchase food at our valley, therefore I am placing this letter of Aloha to you, and all the teachers from Hawaii to Kauai, and the churches of God. Continue reading