Hawaiians at Harvard, 1908 / 2014.

A Letter From Lands Afar

Cambridge, Mass.,
Nov. 4, 1908.

My beloved father;

For a long time now I have not received a letter from you, and I assume you are in the midst of political battles. I am very interested in the results of the election over there, and I hope very much that you were elected. Please, papa, tell me what became of the elections there. There was not much of great import in the elections here being that it was known in advance that Taft would come out as the new President of America. Taft was elected victoriously, and he was far ahead of his fellow candidates, and maybe you all have heard before the arrival of this letter of mine.

The parade of the Republicans on this past Friday before election day was one of the grandest seen here in the town of Boston. Thousands of students from the colleges joined in this parade, and students from our school, Harvard were out first leading the parade, and I was one among the students marching in this parade beyond compare. We were dressed in crimson caps of the college of Harvard with the school uniform, and each student held a candle in his hand, and the old town of Boston glowed red in its light. The candle-light parade was 11 miles long. We marched on the streets of town, and when we arrived before the Governor, we removed our crimson caps and gave our greetings to the Governor. This was a great parade indeed, and everything went well. It was a Republican Governor that was elected yesterday. Continue reading


One more story from Kalaupapa, 1906.


Mr. Editor of the Kuokoa Newspaper, Honolulu, T. H.

Please insert the activities of the Hoike of the Sunday School of Kanaana Hou, at 9:30 a. m. the activities began, led by L. M. Painamu, assistant Kahu of the Sunday School.

Group Hymn, 36 L. H.;¹ prayer by Rev. D. Kaai; group hymn, 39 L. H.

Hoike of the Men’s Class, led by W. Paoa; speech by Mrs. Lono Lee Shu; hymn 193 L. H., led by Youth; women’s class, led by

J. Kiaaina; speech, Elia Kaaihue; hymn 126 L. H., led by the Youth; Ahahui H. K.² class, led by Mrs. A. Unea; hymn 126 L. H., led by the Youths (f).

Donations from the Sunday School, led by J. K. Keliihuli, $13.65; hymn 191 L. H., led by the women; Youth (m) class, led by J. K. Waiamau; speech, William Notley; hymn 20, L. H., led by the Aha H. K.; youth (f) class, led by J. K. Keliikuli; hymn 88, L. H., led by the men.

Messages of encouragement—J. K. Waiamau, J. K. Keliikuli, S. K. Kaunamano, of the parochial class, led by Kahu Rev. D. Kaai with this class for the entire congregation. Closing Hymn, 30 L. H.; closing prayer, Rev. D. Kaai.

May it please you that the number of students at this hoike were 44: 7 men, 14 women, 11 boys, 12 girls, and 58 visitors, for a total of 102. The exercise went well, and they were filled with joy for Christ, and it was carried out peacefully.

With appreciation,


¹”L. H.” most likely is an abbreviation of the hymnal just published in 1902 by the Hawaiian Evangelical Association, “Leo Hoonani”.

²”Aha H. K.” is short for “Ahahui Hooikaika Karistiano,” which is the “Christian Endeavor Society,” also seen as “C. E.”.

[Many of the names that were mentioned tonight at the talk put on at Native Books appear in this report!]

(Kuokoa, 10/19/1906, p. 6)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLV,Helu 42, Aoao 6. Okatoba 19, 1906.

Rose Kanewanui of Hanalei passes, 1912.


Mr. Editor of the Kuokoa Newspaper, Aloha oe:—Please be so kind as to welcome to a free space in your paper, the words above. Being that on the morning of the Sabbath, June 9, 1912, the angel of death visited our loving home in Hanalei, Kauai, and took the breath of Mrs. Rose Kanewanui, and left behind the body to return to the earth; and the puolo¹ of love is left with the husband, the younger siblings, the children, the grandchildren, the family, the intimates, and friends who grieve after her.

She was born from the loins of Mrs. Paakiha Puniwaa and Mr. Daniela Waiolohia Paniwaa at Hanalei, Kauai, June 17, 1853, and died June 9, 1912, she lived on this earth 58 years, 11 months, and 23 days.

At age seven, she was educated in the English language at the school of Waioli, Kauai, and Miss Abe Johnson was the teacher. At 12, she entered as a brethren of the Church of Waioli, Kauai, under the direction of Rev. Johnson, and she was a member for 47 years, until she died and met with her Lord in that realm of peace where his servants rest.

At 17, she entered into the Kawaiahao Girls’ School which was under the principal Miss Bingham. At 24, in the month of January 1877, we were joined together in the covenant of marriage by Rev. R. Puuki, and from then forth until her passing, we were joined together in the embrace of love for 35 years; and from our loins came 11 children; death snatched 10 and my beloved wife, and I am left with one, and a elder brother and younger brother, along with many relatives.

She was a native and familiar of Kauai of Manokalanipo, and a mother who volunteered her time with church duties and Ahahui C. E. [Christian Endeavor] and she was a member of the Ahahui C. E. of the elders of Waioli.

She was a kind mother, inviting, and welcomed friends to visit our home, and she left me and our child [lei], a daughter and grandchildren and the family to remembering and grieving for her.

Me with sadness,


Hanalei, Kauai, June 14, 1912.

¹Puolo is  a bundle, and is used here figuratively.

[One should not just stop at the regular Vital Statistics Column when looking for kupuna. Rose Kanewanui’s death does not appear in the regular column, but this sweet remembrance by her husband is filled with so much more of her life story than would be given in the Vital Statistics Column. There are so many of these throughout the pages of the Hawaiian-Language Newspapers!]

(Kuokoa, 6/21/1912, p. 6)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLVIII, Helu 25, Aoao 6. Iune 21, 1912.