More on the passing of Sarah Naukana, 1915.


With strong body and without knowing of the weakness upon her body, Mrs. J. W. Naukana met with a quick death in midday on last Tuesday, because of a stroke, and in a very short time, her breath left her, and all the efforts on the part of the doctors to save her life were all for naught.

A short account of her death is as follows:

On Tuesday morning, after doing her regular housework, she went to mail a letter to one of her children living on Molokai, and then she went to the beef market to buy some beef, and she turned to go back home.

While she was standing on the side of the counter to purchase her beef, the Japanese who was getting ready to butcher her beef saw Mrs. Naukana shudder and start to have a convulsion, and the only words she had for that Japanese was, “some water please,” and because the Japanese was afraid that she would fall to the hard floor made with cement, he grabbed her body at once from inside of the counter, and he held on to her until he called out to another Japanese to come and help him.

When that Japanese arrived, that is when the jail [halewai] was called and a police car arrived all the while the Japanese were holding her up, and she was quickly taken to Queen’s Hospital.

The doctors kept trying all means to bring her consciousness back, but they could not, and she passed on in a short time without experiencing grief.

Her body was taken to the mortuary of Mr. Townsend that afternoon to await the arrival of her daughters from Maui aboard the Claudine of early morning yesterday.

She was sixty-eight years old when she died, without her knowing that would be her end, because her body was still strong and there was no sign of weakness upon her.

She left behind many children and grandchildren mourning for her.

She is a kamaaina of this town, and a brethren of Kaumakapili Church, and it is death that has hidden away her face from being seen by all that places with which she was familiar.

Her funeral was held in Kawaiahao Church under the Kahu H. K. Poepoe of the Kaumakapili Church, and her remains were laid to rest in the Kawaiahao cemetery, with a great number of family who passed on before her.

(Kuokoa, 1/15/1915, p. 3)

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LIII, Helu 3, Aoao 3. Ianuari 15, 1915.

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