Joseph Puni writes to the father of Diamond Kekona, 1916.

LETTER FROM BRITAIN.

Opera House,
Dudley, England,
Nov. 4, 1916.

To my true friend, Dick Kekona,

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.

JOSEPH PUNI.

Write me at your daughter-in-law’s, c/o 143 Baxter Ave., Kidderminister, England.

(Aloha Aina, 1/19/1917, p. 3)

Ke Aloha Aina, Buke XXII, Helu 3, Aoao 3. Ianuari 19, 1917.

John Adams Kalahanauokalani Kalakaua Miles, 1917.

John A. K. K. Miles

In The Service of America

The picture above is of a Hawaiian boy who is working in the navy of America at St. Pedro Los Angeles as a secretary in the department of the payroll of the military. Continue reading

The Queen’s Protest. 1893.

KUKALA KUE A KE ALIIAIMOKU.

“O wau, Liliuokalani, ma ka lokomaikai o ke Akua, malalo o ke Kumukanawai o ke Aupuni Hawaii, Moiwahine, ma keia ke hoike paa nei i Ko’u kue i kekahi hana a mau hana paha a pau i lawelawe ia e kue ana Ia’u iho a me ke Aupuni Kumukanawai o ke Aupuni Hawaii e kekahi poe e koi ana ua kukulu lakou he Aupuni Kuikawa no ka manawa no keia Aupuni.

“Ke ae wale nei no Au mamuli o ka mana oi ikaika o Amerika Huipuia nona hoi ke Kuhina Elele Nui, ka Meamahaloia John L. Stevens, ua kauoha aku i na koa o Amerika Huipuia e hoopae ia mai ma Honolulu, a ua kukala ae e kokua no oia i ua Aupuni Kuikawa ’la no ka Manawa i oleloia.

“Nolaila, i mea e kaupale aku ai i na hookuia ana o na puali i hoolawa ia me na lako kaua, a malia paha o hoopoino ia ke ola; nolaila, malalo o keia Kuahaua Kue a i kauhola ia hoi e ua mana ikaika ’la, ke ae wale nei no Au e panee aku i Ko’u Mana a hiki i ka manawa a ke Aupuni o Amerika Huipuia, mamuli o na mea oiaio e waiho ia aku ai imua ona, e hoololi ai i na hana a kona Luna Aupuni a e hoonoho hou Ia’u maluna o ka mana A’u e koi nei ma ke ano Aliiaimoku o ka Paeaina Hawaii.”

“Hanaia ma Honolulu, i keia la 17 o Ianuari, M. H. 1893.”

“[Kakauinoaia:]

LILIUOKALANI, R.

Samuel Parker,
Kuhina o ko na Aina E.

Wm. H. Cornwell,
Kuhina Waiwai.

Jno. F. Colburn,
Kuhina Kalaiaina.

A. P. Peterson,
Loio Kuhina.

“Ia S. B. Dole a me kekahi poe e ae o ke Aupuni Kuikawa no ka Manawa o ka Paeaina Hawaii.”

[I Liliuokalani, by the grace of God and under the constitution of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Queen, do hereby solemnly protest against any and all acts done against myself and the constitutional Government of the Hawaiian Kingdom by certain persons claiming to have established a provisional government of and for this Kingdom.

That I yield to the superior force of the United States of America, whose minister plenipotentiary, His Excellency John L. Stevens, has caused United States troops to be landed at Honolulu and declared that he would support the said provisional government.

Now, to avoid any collision of armed forces and perhaps the loss of life, I do, under this protest, and impelled by said force, yield my authority until such time as the Government of the United States shall, upon the facts being presented to it, undo the actions of its representatives and reinstate me in the authority which I claim as the constitutional sovereign of the Hawaiian Islands.

Done at Honolulu this 17th day of January, A. D. 1893.

Liliuokalani, R.

Samuel Parker,
Minister of Foreign Affairs.

William H. Cornwell,
Minister of Finance.

John F. Colburn,
Minister of the Interior.

A. P. Peterson,
Attorney-General.

To S. B. Dole and some others of the Provisional Government of the Hawaiian Islands.]

(Hawaii Holomua, 1/18/1893, p. 2)

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Hawaii Holomua, Buke III, Helu 141, Aoao 2. Ianuari 18, 1893.

 

More on William Kanakanui, 1934.

In Command

LT. WILLIAM KANAKANUI
on guard ship

Lt. Kanakanui To Command Guard Ship For Flight

Lieut. (jg) William Kanakanui, USN, member of a well-known kamaaina family and once-famous swimmer for Punahou and the U.S. Naval academy, was given command of the minsweeper USS Tanager this week in accordance with orders from the Navy department at Washington, D.C.

Lieut. Kanakanui will be in charge of the vessel as she takes her station far out in the Pacific as a weather reporting ship for the six navy planes scheduled to hop off for Pearl Harbor from San Francisco January 12. The Tanager will be stationed at latitude 34, longitude 150, or several hundred miles north of the planes’ route.

While at the Naval academy over a decade ago Kanakanui won national recognition as a swimmer, setting several records. He was a member of the swimming team during his four years at the Academy. He had been well known in local aquatic circles while at Punahou, where he received his prep school training.

[You should always look at all sources when doing research. You never know which newspaper will give more/different information on your subject!]

(Advertiser, 1/5/1934, p. 2)

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The Honolulu Advertiser, 78th Year, Number 16,858, Page 2. January 5, 1934.

Lieutenant William Kanakanui Commands the USS Tanager, 1934.

LIEUTENANT KANAKANUI TO TAKE COMMAND OF SHIP

Given to Lieutenant William Kanakanui of the of the United States Navy, a Hawaiian boy of a kamaaina family of Honolulu nei, and a famous swimmer of Punahou School and the Naval Academy, was the lead and command of the mine sweeper of the sea, the USS Tanager, this week as per the orders of the office of war in Washington.

Lieutenant Kanakanui will take command of the ship as it is stationed far out in the Pacific Ocean as a ocean condition reporting ship for six planes known to be flying from California to Puuloa on this coming January 12.

(Alakai o Hawaii, 1/11/1934, p. 1)

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Ke Alakai o Hawaii, Buke 6, Helu 37, Aoao 1. Ianuali 11, 1934.

Peleioholani’s response to the Queen? 1902.

COMPANION OF A PRINCE

A Hawaiian Chief Who Fought in Africa.

HE TELLS A ROMANTIC TALE

Decapitated Morrocan of High Rank—Was Owner of Famous Feather Cloak.

WITHIN THREE months a stalwart Hawaiian will leave Honolulu and journey to London to attend the reunion of the survivors of one of England’s wars of conquest fought more than thirty years ago. Upon the Hawaiian’s body are the scars inflicted by sword, spear and bullets, received while he was fighting under the flag of St. George in the service of Queen Victoria upon the battlefields of Southern Africa. According to a romantic story which the Hawaiian tells, few amongst the veterans who will gather in the capital of the British nation will have more honorable records for bravery and conspicuous gallantry in the face of a dark-skinned enemy than he, and few will there be whose entire lives are so wrapped in a halo of romance. Linked with this Hawaiian’s life are those of Kings and Queens, Dukes and Admirals, Generals and Captains, and yet today he is an humble resident of the Hawaiian Islands. Continue reading

Letter from a son away serving in the armed forces to his mother, 1918.

PETER K. MORSE

A SON WRITES TO HIS MOTHER.

The picture above is of a Hawaiian boy who left Hawaii nei to join the armed forces in England, and he is currently a corporal in the cavalry for the British cavalry in Canada.

This is the son of Mrs. Kainana Hiram of Kapahulu, Waikiki, whose name is Peter Kalanikuhookahi Morse, and his letter was penned to his mother on the 24th of November. Continue reading