A REMINISCENCE FOR HIRAM PALOHAU KAHELE, MY DEAR SON.
Mr. Solomon Hanohano, Greetings:—Please allow me some room for this bundle of sadness for much child who has left me. My dear Hailama passed, and after him followed my dear Eliza, his sister, on that same trail.
Hailama grew weary of this life in Honolulu, on the 14th of February past, at their home in Waikiki. He was sick for a week and he passed.
He was in the care of Williams [mortuary], and on the 16th, two days later, I brought back his cold body to Kauai nei. On Tuesday morning, the 17th, we arrived in his land of birth, where lives the family and intimates, and friends, and they took the cold body of my dear son and placed him in the meeting house of Nawiliwili.
At 4 o’clock in the evening, Father Rice [Makua Rice] came and with his aloha and great regret for Hailama’s passing at a young age, he performed the services. From the meeting house of Nawiliwili he was carried to the Hawaiian church of Lihue, and there his body was laid for all times on the side of his father who left him many years past. After thing were finished there, and I, was left a woman without children, perhaps I will live in my frailty with my grandchildren.
It is very astonishing to me that two of my children were taken at the same time. The sadness had not cleared away when it happened again. How sorrowful am I! Perhaps this is the nature of living in this tiresome world, that there is suffering, troubles, and much misfortune.
Hailama was born in Anahola, on March 4, 1890, and he was 30 years old. He was educated at Lihue and at Kamehameha School. He passed away at Honolulu, while still young, and was employed with Young Brothers at Honolulu Harbor.
When he left this life, he left behind his wife, Mrs. Rosie Kahele, living on remembering him.
Some years after he left Kamehameha School, he travelled to California and when he came back, he lived in Honolulu. My dear Hailama was very familiar with all the fishermen who fished for shark on gasoline skiffs, and they are grieving for him passing on. My dear Hailama leaves me and the big family reminiscing after him.
I give my great thanks to all those who lovingly helped in remembering my dear Hailama and put him to rest.
Me, in sadness,
MRS. MILEKA KAHELE.
Lihue, Kauai, May 15, 1920.
(Kuokoa, 5/21/1920, p. 2)