This is an independent blog. Please note that I am nowhere near fluent, and that these are not translations, but merely works in progress. Please do comment if you come across misreads or anything else you think is important.
Kahaleaua has passed away at Hilo, Hawaii, after suffering a long illness and after more than 62 years of life, on the 11th of July, the mother of Mrs. A. E. Nawahi [Aima Emma Nawahi]. In front of her were her three daughters who saw her breath leave her. Not there was her favorite daughter who was here in Honolulu. Aloha to that mother who was gracious and welcoming to malihini of the land. O family in grief, please accept our sorrow, those who were lovingly welcomed by her and who now think of her.
Te Wananga.–This is the title of a New Zealand newspaper of sixteen pages which we obtained. The words within are of New Zealand [Maori] with some paragraphs in English. Taking a look, it was joyful to see firsthand that the New Zealand language is very similar to our language, the Hawaiians.
Hawaiian Woman in Europe.–Early morning on this past Thursday, Kahula (woman) returned from Germany, on the foreign Laura & Louise. She lived many years away from her home lands; she left perhaps in 1857. She said she went to America, Britain, Germany, and her life was comfortable, living with her employers, that being L. H. Anthon, Esq. (Luika), that foreign language speaking haole who lived in Hawaii before.
From Okasi.–This past Tuesday, the whaler Othello came to port, and that is the very first ship from Okhotsk [Okasi], and it was from it that the news about ships in that area. Fine were the things heard about the ships in that sea. There are many whales [kohola] there and there are no great storms. All the barrels on this ship were full, and on the 23rd of September it left that place. The ships this season are very blessed, and that is a good thing, for us all.
Aloha oe:–Perhaps you are surprised receiving this letter. I have tried all means to release your beloved son Diamond from the British armed forces. I appeared before the American Consul in the countryside here in England, telling them that Diamond is an American. They responded that they will put my request before the head consul in London. On the 17th of September, I went to the Consulate in London, they told me that the consul could not order the British government to release Diamond because he is 25 years old; only those below 20 years old, if they are American citizens. These past days, I decided to have your daughter-in-law (Amy Kekona) to come to see me, and get together with her to think of a way to release her husband; for these good reasons, I ask that you send me his birth certificate, or to go to the governor of Hawaii to write to the Hawaiian Delegate Mr. J. K. Kalanianaole in Washington D. C., to go to the State Department in Washington and have the American Ambassador in London investigate the circumstances of his enlisting in the armed forces, and you verify that your first-born son is a true Hawaiian. He had a document in the city of Paris, France, from the office of the American General, written on the 13th of February, 1914, attesting to the fact that he is a Hawaiian. If he finds these documents, he will be victorious. Do not neglect this, for I am still regretful not having his acting. He has much knowledge in this area, and his showing this to the world would bring fame to the Hawaiian Lahui. I will organize everything here and send it to London. With our sleuthing, I believe everything will progress; may God watch over and keep safe the life of your child until we meet again, amen.
With aloha to your family and the Hawaiian Nation.
Write me at your daughter-in-law’s, c/o 143 Baxter Ave., Kidderminister, England.
We received letters from the youths who traveled in search of knowledge. They are in the city of Cincinnati, State of Ohio, on the past 9th to the 16th of September. They tell of how their travels are going well, the beauty of everything, and their joy and that they are full of hope. We want to tell everything in full pertaining to these Hawaiian youths, but our paper is full, therefore wait for another when we receive letters from them again.
[These youths are Robert Wilcox, James Booth, and William Boyd.]
On the 13th of September, a man named Waikohu died, at Maemae, Honolulu, Oahu; he died suddenly and intestate. This is why he died: he went to plant banana shoots on the sides of the taro loʻi, he fell in the taro patch, and someone saw him in the loʻi and saw that he was dead; his face and mouth were covered with mud from the loʻi, and men came and fetched him and carried him to the house.
O All you reading this in the Elele Hawaii newspaper, let us consider the consequences of this death. Our life is but vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away, so says the Holy Scripture.
Aloha to you all. S. Kanakaole, Kawaiahao, Sep. 14, 1854.