Death of Samuel K. Kamakaia, 1919.



Following a long illness Rev. Samuel K. Kamakaia, one of the oldest of the “bandboys” of the Hawaiian band, died yesterday morning at 3:30 o’clock at Queen’s Hospital. The funeral will take place a 3 o’clock this afternoon from Williams’ Undertaking parlors, interment to be in Puea Cemetery.

Samuel Kamakaia was 69 years of age and was a member of the band until two years ago when he retired, having joined the organization in 1969. He leaves surving him a widow. He was pastor of the so-called Hawaiian Christian Science Church.

At the time of Queen Liliuokalani’s death he sprang into notoriety as an alleged witness to the Queen’s signature on a will produced by Theresa Wilcox Belliveau, which made unusual bequests and purported to set aside the Queen’s former wills. Eventually Kamakaia confessed that the will was false and prepared by Mrs. Belliveau and that his signature was procured by Mrs. Bellieveau, who he said, had also forged the Queen’s signature. Mrs. Belliveau and John Kealoha, another witness, were sent to prison while Kamakaia because of his confession and for turning state’s evidence, was not tried.

(PCA, 7/1/1919, p. 6)


Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume LIX, Number 11641, Page 6. July 1, 1919.


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