A BUNDLE OF TEARS FOR MY DEAR HUSBAND LUI KAUHI POKA.
Mr. Solomon Hanohano, Aloha oe:—Please kindly give me some space of our spokesman, for my bundle of tears placed above, so that the many friends and family of my dear husband who live from where the sun appears at Kumukahi to where it sets at Lehua. Auwe, how dreadful.
With heavy heart I write about my dear companion, my man; my dear husband left me in the purple morning of the 15th of March and the spirit of my beloved man passed on silently and left the heavy burden for me to carry in this dispiriting world.
My dearly beloved man was born in Puna, Hawaii, from the loins of Lahapa (f) and Poka (m) on the 11th of July 1870; he breathed in the sweet air while carrying the burdens for 49 years and 8 months.
Illness wasted away at his body for many days. We were joined in the pure bonds of marriage in the year 1890, and we were living in the circle of love and unity for a full 30 years.
He was a kind man, welcoming, hospitable to all who visited; he was a father to all; he had aloha for all; he left behind for me a memorial to himself; he does has no voice to answer; me, his wife and the family were important to him.
What of the anger within him, it was made well by him to everyone.
My dear husband worked for the Iron Works Company for 30 years, and it was while he was employed there that he left this world behind, therefore I give my thanks to all those who brought gifts of flowers and scattered them on my dear husband, and also to those who stood watch, that being the women Ahahui Poola and the men, and the Union, and also the Ahahui Kalepa Wahine Hawaii, and the market for your giving your bonds of aloha, for our beloved papa.
I give my thanks for your escorting him on his final procession to the grave, and I pray to God who imparts blessings upon us, that he lightens my heavy heart, and upon you, O Editor and the printing press boys of your office, goes my endless legacy [?? maluna ou ko’u hooilina pauole].
From me, the widow,
MRS. HELELOA POKA,
And the Ohana.
(Kuokoa, 4/30/1920, p. 3)