Death of Emma Kaaikaula, 1920.



Solomon Hanohano, the Editor of the Kuokoa, Aloha kakou:—Please may your honor allow our sad bundle to latch on to the dainty cheeks of our pride, and may it announce to the public and to the family of this child about our beloved daughter leaving the two of us as well as her two brothers, four elder sisters, and two younger sisters, who are mourning for her in grief and sadness.

Aloha for our daughter who has left her parents.

Miss Emma Kaaikaula was born at Niolopa, Nuuanu, Oahu, to Kaaikaula and Kaohia, on the 9th of Sept., 1902, and she breathed in the air of this life for 19 years and a number of days when she left us behind and her child [lei] grieving after her in sadness.

She gave birth to a baby on Oct. 15, and and she left her baby on the 12th of Nov. Auwe how heart wrenching.

She went to the school at Kahehuna, and her education progressed, and I persevered, until I had trouble with the expenses from books; book prices soared those days, and I was a stevedore at that time, and I could not provide her with books, so I took her out of school and she lived with us until she got older, and she found a man so she moved and lived on School and Liliha Streets, and it was there that she lived for three years, and when the time for her to give birth grew near, the two of us told her to come back, thinking of all the things about her giving birth, and that all went well, but she had problems due to an accident. How sad for our daughter!

O Nuuanu, Emma will no more smell of your air; O Niolopua, you will no more see her; O Palikea, Emma will no more sit upon you, for she is with Niolopua, where she reposes! Auwe, we will no forget you!

We give thanks to the living God, in His giving and taking of His, the spirit, and leaving what is ours, earth, and the prophesy is fulfilled that the earth returns to the earth, and the spirit returns to the one who created it, and the two of us give thanks to all the friends who gave their floral gifts for our beloved child and to the family who gathers on the day of our sadness.

With aloha to you O Editor and to typesetting boys of the press our endless affection.


[It is interesting to note that in the Vital Statistics column in the Kuokoa on 10/22/1920, there is a listing under births: To W. C. Akina and Margaret Kaaikaula, a son, Oct. 15.]

(Kuokoa, 11/19/1920, p. 3)

Kuokoa, Buke LVIII, Helu 47, Aoao 3. Novemaba 19, 1920.

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