Stephen L. Desha reflects on the death of Stephen William Kekuewa, 1920.

REV. S. W. KEKUEWA HAS PASSED ON

Rev. Stephen William Kekuewa let go of this life at 4 o’clock in the afternoon of this past Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1920, and let go of this worldly life at the home of his beloved daughter, Mrs. John P. Kupua, on North School Street, in Honolulu. Continue reading

Death of William Stephen Kekuewa, 1920.

THE REV. S. W. KEKUEWA PASSES ON

After being worn away by a debilitating illness for some time, the Rev. Stephen William Kekuewa grew weary of this life, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John P. Kapua, on School Street, at four o’clock in the afternoon, on Wednesday of this past week; and in the afternoon of this past Sunday, his remains were carried to the Maemae Cemetery.

The Rev. S. W. Kekuewa was born at Luakaha, Nuuanu, on the 25th of February, 1842, therefore when he died he was over seventy-eight years old.

During his youth, he was educated at Lahainaluna School, under his teachers, S. E. Bishop and C. B. Andrews; and for some years he lived on the island of Micronesia on a mission he was sent on by the Hawaiian Evangelical Board [Papa Hawaii].

Because the health of his wife was not good, they returned to Hawaii nei, and he served as the kahu of the chruch at  Iole, Kohala, Hawaii for many years.

Because of the letter of the members of the church of Waianae which called for him to be the kahu of that church, he left the church of Kohala and went to live at Waianae; at that church he lived and worked until he was called by his Lord, and he went to his permanent home beyond.Rev. S. W. Kekuewa was married twice; his first wife was Mrs. Miriam Kamali Kekuewa, and after  her death, he married for the second time, to Mrs. Kuewa Wharton of Waialua, Oahu.

When he left this life, he left behind a widow, and his seven children with his previous wife: David Kekuewa; John K. Kekuewa; and Stephen William Kekuewa, who is employed with the Inter-Island Steam Navigation Company [Hui Mokuahi Holo Pili Aina]; Charles Kekuewa, who is employed as a deputy warden of the City and County of Honolulu; Lily Kekuewa, the principal of the school of Puuanahulu, in North Kona, Hawaii; Mrs. John P. Kapua; and Mrs. Franco; as well as the many grandchildren.

His funeral was held in the Kaumakapili Church in the afternoon of this past Sunday, under the leadership of Rev. Henry K. Poepoe, and from there the procession moved along accompanied by family and friends of the deceased, to the cemetery of Maemae, and his remains were placed there, as the Holy Book says, earth returns to earth.

Rev. S. W. Kekuewa was one of the very old time pastors, and with his passing on to the other world, the church of Waianae is left vacant, and it will be difficult to fill his place.

(Kuokoa, 11/12/1920, p. 4)

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Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LVIII, Helu 46, Aoao 4. Novemaba 12, 1920.

This missionary ship, Hokuao, quarantined for two weeks, 1881.

The ship, Hokuao [Hoku Ao; Morning Star] will be quarantined for two weeks before sailing for Micronesia, so that it does not carry smallpox to that archipelago. Continue reading

Elizabeth Kupau remembers time in the Gilbert Islands, 1947.

HONOLULUANS AWAIT MORNING STAR VI ARRIVAL

At least four persons in Honolulu are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the American Board of Missions’ auxiliary schooner Morning Star VI.

The tentative arrival date for the Micronesia-bound missionary schooner is October 16.

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Mrs. Elizabeth Kupau of 643 Lana lane sailed to the Gilbert islands in 1898 aboard the Morning Star V. At that time she was a year old.

Her father was the late Rev. S. P. Kaaia whose pastorate had been located at Puna, Hawaii. Continue reading

On the death of Elizabeth Kawahinenohomaunaokilauea Kaaia, 1925.

EXPRESSION  OF LOVE FOR MRS. ELIZABETH KAWAHINENOHOMAUNAOKILAUEA KAAIA

The Almighty Father in heaven was kind to take the greatly loved mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Kawahinenohomaunaokilauea Kaaia from this disheartening life to eternal life.

She was a member of the church of Waianae, Oahu. She was a patient mother and was always strove do to the good works of her Lord in this church, and because the weakness that came upon her body, she could not participate bodily in the work for the last year of her life.

She was a kind mother and welcoming, and had an open heart, and she was hospitable to everyone who came to the home of her and greatly beloved husband, Rev. Samuel Peter Kaaia.

She spent 74 years old, 5 months and 10 days, and on the 12th of July, 1925, at 8:15 a.m., she grew weary of this life,and returned to the beauty of the home to rest for always which her Lord had prepared.

Her last service was held in the church by Rev. Henry P. Judd, the corresponding secretary [kakauleta] of the Hawaiian Mission, and at the grave by Rev. William K. Poai, the overseeing committee of the church, and present were the members of the Aloha Lahui Association [Ahahui Aloha Lahui] of Lahaina, and she was laid to rest in the cemetery of the church.

With her passing, she left behind her beloved husband, Rev. Samuel Peter Kaaia; their daughter, Mrs. Lowell K. Kupau [Elizabeth L. Kupau]; and 9 grandchildren, who grieve in love for her; and so too the family. How sad!

It has been resolved by us, the members of the church of Waianae, Oahu, along with the Church overseeing committee, Rev. William K. Poai, by way of our committee, to join with your, our Father Missionary, Rev. Samuel Peter Kaaia, your daughter, with your grandchildren and all of your family, in carrying the grief and sadness that has befallen upon you all, and we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, that He give us all relief.

We also resolved to send a copy of this to the husband who is without his intimate, travel companion, and fellow worker to make known to the church of the small islands of Marshall [Makala] and Gilbert [Gilibati], and the family, and one copy to the Friend [the church paper], and one copy to the Kuokoa Newspaper.

Sincerely,

HARRY G. POE
Committee Chairman

HENRY KAPELA

LOWELL K. KUPAU

[There is much history in the Hawaiian newspapers waiting to be found! Although the huge tome, “Partners in Change: A Biographical Encyclopedia of American Protestant Missionaries in Hawaiʻi and their Hawaiian and Tahitian Colleagues, 1820–1900” put out by the Hawaiian Mission Houses came out not that long ago, it does not seem to include Hawaiians sent as missionaries by the Hawaiian Board.

Meanwhile, “Nā Kahu: Portraits of Native Hawaiian Pastors at Home and Abroad, 1820–1900,” also published recently, has a listing for S. P. Kaaia, but no real information about Elizabeth, except that she is the daughter of J. H. Pahio and wife of S. P. Kaaia. It mistakenly gives her name as “Elizabeth Konoho.” You would imagine missionary wives played an important role, and should be acknowledged.]

(Kuokoa, 8/13/1925, p. 4)

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Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXIV, Helu 33, Aoao 4. Augate 13, 1925.

Death of Elizabeth K. Pahio Kaaia, 1925.

MISSIONARY TO MARSHALLS AND GILBERTS DIES

The death of Mrs. Elizabeth K. Pahio Kaaia, wife of Rev. Samuel Peter Kaaia of the Waianae church, occurred Sunday at their home in Waianae. Mrs. Kaaia was 74 years old. Continue reading

Kanoho Pahio, former student at Waialua Girls’ Boarding School, 1881.

[Found under: “NA LETA A NA HAUMANA O HALEIWA, WAIALUA.]

Arno, Dec. 1, 1881.

Miss Mary E. Green. Much aloha to you:—

I am only sending a letter to you now. The Hoku Ao landed on Nov. 23. There was a lot of news in the letters and newspapers. Continue reading

Rev. L. H. Gulick, 1862.

We learn that Rev. L. H. Gulick [? Orramel H. Gulick], late missionary at Micronesia, has been called by the Protestant Church at Kau, Hawaii, to preside over that church, vice Rev. W. C. Shipman, deceased. Whether the call will be accepted or not we have not learnt, Mr. Gulick being now in California.

(Polynesian, 2/8/1862,  p. 2)

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Polynesian, Volume XVIII, Number 41, Page 2. February 8, 1862.

Descendants of Hawaiian missionaries to Micronesia, 1951.

MICRONESIAN MISSION DESCENDANTS PAGED

Editor The Star-Bulletin: May I be permitted through the medium of your column to call the attention of the descendants of the Hawaiian missionaries to a great event which linked the lives of their ancestors to the ministry in Micronesia and elsewhere in the Pacific ocean? Continue reading