Changing values and the sad end to Kahaulelio’s Fishing Traditions, 1902.

With the death of David Kaukaha Kanewanui (Kamehameha class of ’94), editor of the Kuokoa and great advocate of traditions, and the rise of the young inexperienced editor, David Laanui A-i (Kamehameha class of ’93), the treatise on traditional fishing techniques by Daniela Kahaulelio was found no longer important. It came to an abrupt end without being completed. This short blurb was all that I could find explaining its demise.

 Mamuli o ka nui o na mea hou, ua waihoia kekahi mau moolelo kumau a o na mea hou ka i okomoia aku ma ko lakou wahi.

Because of the great amount of news, several regular moolelo were put aside, and replaced with other new material.

[See more here from Nanea Armstrong-Wassel. See more here as well from a previous post on Kahaulelio’s fishing treatise.]

(Kuokoa, 7/11/1902, p. 6)

Mamuli o ka nui o na mea hou...

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XL, Helu 28, Aoao 6. Iulai 11, 1902.


With the death of David Kaukaha Kanewanui, the rest of the fishing descriptions are now lost. 1902.

Because of the amount of new items, some regular columns were put aside and the new things were put in their place.

[With the new editor of the Kuokoa, the paper’s focus changed. This short paragraph is all there was that i could find to explain the abrupt ending to the column. David Kanewanui, i am sure, would have completed the priceless fishing descriptions and would have gone on to do so much more. Don’t play with guns…]

(Kuokoa, 7/11/1902, p. 6)

Mamuli o ka nui o na mea hou...

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XL, Helu 28, Aoao 6. Iulai 11, 1902.

“All subjects were handled for what he believed to be the best interests of the Hawaiians…” 1902.

Ka ʻOihana Lawaiʻa: Hawaiian Fishing Traditions

Ka ʻOihana Lawaiʻa: Hawaiian Fishing Traditions

If you haven’t seen this book on fishing and so much more by Daniela Kahaulelio yet, it is one of the stories David Kanewanui, editor of the Kuokoa, knew was important for him to print for the youths of his time, and perhaps more importantly, for those of today and tomorrow. Kanewanui writes:

“…O ka ike i loaa i na kupuna o kakou ke nalowale loa aku nei a he mea maikai e paa kekahi oia mau ike, ame ke ano o ka lakou kii ana i na ia o ka aina, maloko o kekahi buke a i ole maloko o kekahi mau nupepa i hiki ai ke hoomanao mau ia e like me ka loihi o ka loaa ana o kekahi mau Hawaii hiki ke huli i keia mau ike waiwai a hik i ka pau pono ana, e loaa ana no keia pomaikai i ka lehulehu. Ma na ike e hoonaauao ana i ka lehulehu malaila ko makou hooikaika, a aole ma na nuku waiwai ole.”

“The knowledge possessed by our kupuna is disappearing, and it is good to record some of that knowledge, along with how they caught the fish of the land, within a book or within some newspapers, so that they can always be recalled as long as there are Hawaiians who can seek this treasured knowledge until it is exhausted, and its benefits will be for all. Through knowledge will the public be educated, and this is our focus, and not worthless complaining.”

(Kuokoa, 2/28/1902, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XL, Helu 9, Aoao 2. Feberuari 28, 1902.

English version of David Kanewanui’s Death Announcement, 1902.



THE many friends of David Kanewanui will learn with sorrow of his death, as the result of the gunshot wound received the evening of May 6. It occured early yesterday afternoon at the Queen’s Hospital.

David Kanewanui was born on the Island of Kauai twenty-six years ago. He graduated from Kamehameha School in 1894 and shortly afterwards accepted a position as teacher in the school at Olowalu, where he taught for two years. From Olowalu he went to the Hilo Boarding School, where he taught for another two years, coming from there to Honolulu to take a clerkship in the Auditor’s office.

Something over a year ago the Gazette Company was fortunate enough to secure his services as editor of the Nupepa Kuokoa, which position he filled with ability up to the time of the accident.

The popularity and circulation of the Kuokoa grew under his editorship, for his heart was in his work and he felt that he was doing something for his people. All subjects were handled for what he believed to be the best interests of the Hawaiians, and this being recognized, gave him great influence.

He was always courteous and pleasant and was a great favorite with his co-workers and with the young Hawaiians, many of whom looked to him for counsel and advice.

A fine baseball player, he was a member of the Kamehameha team and was captain of the Hawaiian Gazette Co.’s team.

The funeral, to be announced after the post-mortem, will take place from Kamehameha chapel.

(Hawaiian Gazette, 5/23/1902, p. 5)


The Hawaiian Gazette, Volume XXXVII, Number 39, Page 5. May 23, 1902.

Strange report, 1902.

David Kanewanui, of the editorial staff of the Kuokoa, accidently shot himself last evening while handling a revolver which he didn’t know was loaded. The ball entered his cheek, so it is reported, and is now lodged in the back of his head, and to probe it at present is very much feared.

[It is best to check all sources and not to rely on just one article!]

(Independent, 5/7/1902, p. 3)

David Kanewanui...

The Independent, Volume XIV, Number 2201, Page 3. May 7, 1902.

Please don’t play with firearms. Who knows what far-reaching effects it may have! 1902.


Because of a tragic accident of circumstance, the editor of this paper has been struck by misfortune, at the hands of one of his friends, Dan Io, on the evening of this Tuesday, at the club house of the boys of Kamehameha on Fort Street. The first report received by this office, the pistol bullet just grazed his cheek, and the injuries sustained were not that severe, but he was nonetheless taken to the hospital.

According to the latest report received by this office yesterday morning, it stated that the injuries sustained by Mr. David Kanewanui were very severe. Doctors Taylor and Wayson searched for the bullet that hit Mr. Kanewanui in the cheek, while progressing carefully, however they did not find a trace. This bullet hit the cheek bone, and perhaps travelled behind the head.

While David Kanewanui was enjoying his time with his friends, on the evening of Tuesday, May 6th, at the Boys’ Club of Kamehameha School on Fort Street; the gun with the evil bullet was being played with. Mr. Kanewanui entered from another room, and soon thereafter, this Mr. Io shot, but the gun did not fire. After David stepped outside, this Mr. Io aimed that gun that did not fire, but the strange thing is that the gun did fire, and David Kanewanui was shot by a bullet from the pistol.

Mr. Kanewanui stated that this shooting was not malicious, but it was an unexpected accident; therefore, that gentleman to whom belonged this evil lead, was saved. Mr. Kanewanui will perhaps spend ten days in the hospital, whereupon he will return once again to this office.

(Kuokoa, 5/9/1902, p. 6)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XL, Helu 19, Aoao 6. Mei 9, 1902.