43rd birthday of John Kekipi Maia, 1922.



On Thursday the 13th of this month of April, held was a service to commemorate the birthday of Rev. John Kekipi K. Maia, the replacement for his father who is at rest, Rev. Kekipi Maia, and his elder brother who is at rest, John E. K. Maia, at the Christian Science [Hoomana Naauao] church.

He has been sojourning in this world for 43 years, and has spent three years as the kahu of Ke Alaula o ka Malamalama and president of the Christian Science of Hawaii began by his deceased father, Rev. John Kekipi Maia. Continue reading


Diamond Kekona passes away in Germany, 1922.

That Hawaiian Boy Dies in Germany

Diamond Kekona Grew Weary of This Life After One Week of Being Ill.


It was His Wife Who Announced the Sad News to Honolulu nei on Monday

On Monday, this town received the sad news about the death of Diamond Kekona, the son of D. K. Kekona of this town, in Berlin, Germany, on the 13th of last month, February.

It was Mrs. Diamond Kekona, the wife of Kekona, who sent the sad news of the death of her husband to Mekia Kealakai, the leader of the Royal Hawaiian Band [Bana Hawaii], because he was a friend of the young Kekona and his wife when they were all living in London.

A letter was also received by Mr. D. K. Kekona, the father of the young man, confirming the news about the passing of his son.

Diamond Kekona was born on the 6th of October, 1890, so at his death, he was thirty-three years old and some.

Diamond left Honolulu in 1905 for New York, with a group of singers and musicians. He spent many years in America in this occupation.

During the great war of the world, Diamond Kekona was in England, and he enlisted in the service under Britain, going off to war in France and Belgium. He married a British woman and had two children, however the two of them died.

At the end of the war, Mr. and Mrs. Kekona lived in Belgium, and just last year they went to Berlin, Germany, where they met up with Joe Puni, William Kanui, and Joseph Nihali [?]; but according to the letter of Mrs. Kekona, he did not get along with Joe Puni, and they did not talk.

Mr. Kekona was not sick for long before he died, it was just a week; and in the letter his wife wrote to Mr. D. K. Kekona, she told him of her intent to return the body of her husband to London to bury, in her homeland, close to her home.

With the passing of this Hawaiian youth in foreign lands, he left behind, grieving for him: his young British wife; his grandmother, Mrs. Makalohi, who is 91; his father, Mr. D. K. Kekona, working in the sheriff department and a pastor of the Christian Science Church [Hoomana Naauao]; two younger brothers named Hugo and August Kekona; and their sister, Mrs. Lonohira [Mrs. George Lonohiwa]; and a big family.

(Kuokoa, 3/22/1922, p. 1)

Make Ia Keiki Hawaii Maloko o Kelemania

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXI, Helu 12, Aoao 1. Maraki 22, 1922.

“He has gone forever, but memories of him shall not be forgotten.” 1932.


Last week, the last rites were carried out on the body of Joseph Kahahawai, the one who was shot by some soldiers after they kidnapped Kahahawai from the courthouse.

Kahahawai went to show himself before the officials, or those of the court, and when he exited from that office, he was pointed out by a women sitting upon her car to some other haole people.

When one of the two of them saw that Kahahawai was coming out, one of the haole went and said to Kahahawai to go with him, and showed Kahahawai a written document, and that was when Kahahawai agreed to go with him to the side of the car, but not the car belonging to the woman who pointed Kahahawai out; he went and death was sentenced upon him without him knowing the consequences of him agreeing to accompany these haole.

On Sunday was the funeral rites, and his body was laid to rest at Puea Cemetery on School Street.

As was reported in the papers, the funeral was large as the buddies and friends of the boy went along with his body to the graveyard.

The first services over his body was held at the Catholic church, and thereafter he was taken to the graveyard, and there, Rev. Robert Ahuna of the Christian Science Church held the last rites over the cold body of the child of whom the parents said their child was not at fault.

The Rev. Ahuna spoke before the congregation gathered together [?], “This kind of thing has not been seen here in Hawaii, but now this cruel deed is taking place because the law was taken into the hands of some people.”

There were thousands of people who came to Puea Cemetery.

Because there were so many people, they tried to move apart the people standing, as the hearse could not enter.

After the services by Rev. Ahuna, that famous hymn was sung, the hymn sung always at graveyards when someone is buried. That hymn is “Ka Lani Kuu Home [Heaven is My Home],” and after it was over, that beloved song of Hawaii nei, and a Nationalistic song for Hawaii’s locals [Hawaii Ponoi] was sung, and then dirt was covered over the child of Hawaiian parents who are loved.

He has gone forever, but memories of him shall not be forgotten.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 1/19/1932, p. 3)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke, XXV, Helu 33, Aoao 3. Ianuari 19, 1932.