I have come across this obituary a number of times, and each time, I think, “What a name!” 1921.


To the Editor of the Kuokoa Newspaper, Aloha oe:—Please insert  in your pride of the nation, our bundle of tears of sadness, about our beloved who departed this life, so that the family and many friends living from Hawaii, the Island of Keawe all the way to Kauai of Manokalanipo will know.

Our beloved Master King Keonaona Iapana Okura departed this life with great haste, on the 6th of the month of December, 1920, at Eleele, Kauai; without any signs of sickness, but it was by accident that he met up with this tragedy. How sad it is to think about how young he was when he was taken!

He was working at the mill when he met with his end; he was painting the boiler, and according to the doctor, he met with his end because of the very strong turpentine fumes, being that there was no fresh air in the boiler.

His body was brought to our home at Apoa, Wainiha, Hanalei, Kauuai, before his mama and family, and onn the 8th of December his remains was laid to rest at the family cemetery at Keaooupa, where his ancestors rest.

He was born at Apoa, Wainiha, Hanalei, Kauai, from the loins of Kahikinui, his mama, and Okura, his papa, on the 20th of June, 1900; therefore when he departed this life, he was twenty years old and some months more.

His mama had three children, one who left before to the other world, and he followed after him, while his sister remains, Mrs. Elizabeth Keaka Pauahi, along with his mama and papa, who grieve for him in this world with heavy heart.

He was educated at Hilo Union School, and when the Hawaiian boys were taken away by the military during the last war, he went and was stationed at the camp at Leilehua, as a sergeant in Company D of the infantry [Pualikoa D o na koa helewawae], in 1919, and he was honorably discharged from military service, and he was greatly appreciated for carefully carrying out all of the orders of the military.

When he was released from the service, he returned to his home at Wainiha, Hanalei, Kauai, and from there he returned to his work at McBryde Sugar Company, at Wahiawa, Kauai, for almost one year, and he was given great praise by his supervisors; but his living days were shortened. How sad is the heart to remember him!

From the family, we give our thanks to the intimates and friends who joined us in our hour of sadness and grief, and for their gifts of flowers with which they adorned the body of our beloved.

Please take with you our great appreciation, and it is God in his boundless kindness who will give greater blessings.

We, in sadness and grief,

and Family.

(Kuokoa, 2/11/1921, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LIX, Helu 6, Aoao 2. Feberuari 11, 1921.


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