Death of William Hookano Iwiula, 1920.


William Hookano Iwiula.

Solomon Hanohano, Aloha oe:—Please allow me an open column to insert this eulogy of aloha, so that the kin and family of my dearly beloved husband from great Hawaii of Keawe to Kauai of Manokalanipo will know.

When the last breath of my dearly beloved husband wafted by, it was 11 o’clock in the morning of Sunday, the 9th of May, 1920, at our home in Lihue, the beloved home of ours where we were together for 28 years in marriage with faithfulness, kindness and humility, where we bore flourishing fruit of our family, 24 children, with 17 being taken away, and remaining with us are 7 boys still living who are mourning and lamenting with me, their mother, being left without a father; their names are, William H. Iwiula, 24 years old; Eddie K. H. Iwiula, 20; Sammy K. H. Iwiula, 16; Josiah H. H. Iwiula, 14; George P. H. Iwiula, 11; K. H. Iwiula, 10; and Paulo H. Iwiula, 9 years old.

My dearly beloved husband was born in Honolulu, from the loins of Iwiula (m) and Nakapolei (f), their parents, and there were 6 of them; his elder siblings have died, and my dear companion, my dear husband was the last of them, and he has left me behind mourning and grieving for him, along with our beloved children.

We were married by Rev. J. B. Hanaike in Lihue, Kauai, on the 25th of June, 1892; we were both young when we were wed, but we were bound by our love for each other, and it was death that separated us; aloha for my dear husband, my dear companion, my friend who I shared my woes of this life with.

There was no time that we quarreled during the years we were married, i was loved and important to him, as well as our children, our parents, our beloved elder siblings and younger siblings, and our large family, in Lihue; he had an open heart, he was welcoming, important to him was the prestigious and the high-ranked ones, and so too the low status ones; he had aloha for his family.

My dearly beloved husband was born on the 22nd of Sept., 1866, at Honolulu, and therefore he was 54 years of age; he was sick several times but recovered, but this time when he became sick, he was in bed for two and a half months, and we tried having the doctor look at him until the last minute; and yet on Saturday evening, he ordered all of our family to gather that night so that he would see all of them before him, because according to him, he was leaving us and returning to his Father in heaven, he knew ahead of time of his going, and on Sunday morning he died, he livelily spoke to us; he recognized our elder sibling, our parents from Kapaa, and at 11 o’clock a. m., he gave us his aloha, and his breath flew off without crying or pain or thrashing this way and that.

His ailment was a swelling in the legs that made his death come on so quickly; aloha for my dear husband, my dear companion; we were together at Nawiliwili, Pakaalana, where are our elder siblings, the Hon. Samuel K. Kaeo; the shores of Ahukini, Hanamaulu and Nukole; we were together in the day and night; aloha, aloha my dear husband, my dear companion of all the places we were together.

His occupation was in the police force until he retired, from the time of Sheriff J. H. Coney, and so too during the time of Sheriff Rice, until his death, he served 20 years in the police force in the district of Lihue.

He was a fellow alderman of the Church of Lihue, and he leaves behind his position as a brethren and Sunday School student in the class of the Hon. W. H. Rice, and he was a member of the C. E. Elders of Lihue, and he was a member of the Ahahui Kamehameha o Kaumualii. He was a true Republican in his political affiliation, he did not waver to the Democratic side, the party he was not amused with from the beginning.

At one o’clock on Monday, the 10th of Mei, we held the funeral over his body at the Hawaiian church in Lihue, officiated by Kahu Charles Keahi, with the reading of some passages from the Psalms and sang hymns, prayed, and there was a procession to the grave; the Kahu read again from the Book of Spiritual Instruction, and there was prayer, and the grave was covered over with dirt, as say the words of the Great Book; Dust to dust; As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place therof shall know it no more.

Also there were Sheriff W. H. Rice, Jr., and his wife, with bouquets of flowers, and there as well was the Hon. S. K. Kaeo, Henry Blake, Enoka Lovell, Deputy Sheriff Naleimaile, and the members of the Ahahui Kaumualii, and James H. K. Kaiwi, our children, the family and friends, who brought their bouquets of flowers.

I give along with my children our great appreciation to all the friends who joined in the funeral for my dearly beloved husband, and to the patient Editor goes my boundless thanks.

In sadness,
And Children.

(Kuokoa, 5/28/1920, p. 3)

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LVIII, Helu 21, Aoao 2. Mei 28, 1920.

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