GONE IN THE WASTE BASKET
The news was told in our office, the laws to give pensions to some Hawaiians who served for many years in government jobs like James Pohina, S. Kamakaia, George Waipa, and some other Hawaiians.
In the previous session of the legislature, it was approved to give Berger a pension of $125 a month, the first band leader of Hawaii nei. He was leader for forty years or so, but in these years, he was not constantly in that position, but he left it for a time and returned, and yet he received a pension of that amount mentioned above. If he received this pension when he left and returned, why do these Hawaiians not receive one? We do not understand what the reason would be except for dim eyes. We believe this is not fair; they should receive assistance for the government for them being employed for a long time with the government.
[Samuel Kamakaia dies in 1919, George Waipa in 1926, and James Pohina in 1941.]
(Aloha Aina, 3/30/1917, p. 4)