Sweet Emalia is out in Honolulu! 1908.


Police Court Judge Frank Andrade this morning felt that he sat on the edge of an active volcano, for through the window over his starboard shoulder, up from the pit at the bottom of which in a cell grovelled Sweet Emalia, came discordant beseechments for a renovation of the universe and the making of a new world.

It was difficult to size up the merits between a man with an attacking hoe and a gentleman with a damaged cow when such sounds soared benchward.

“Has not the doctor been sent for to examine Sweet Emalia?” inquired His Honor.

Chief of Detectives Kalakiela stated that he had been summoned.

Then Emalia took up singing, having torn her garments to shreds, and this was less upsetting that her howling and cursing.

Emalia was taken to the station about breakfast time today from the parish of Kalihi. Neighbors rang in, calling loudly for Thwing or Parkhurst, declaring that a large lady who had forgotten her wardrobe was roaming the streets. The patrol wagon hurried out and Emalia was found without covering, making morning calls on the neighbors.

When she sighted the hurry-up she hastened to her home and donned a garment in which she was taken to the police station. There having the covering of a cell, she found the clothing superfluous and straightway made fricasee of them. She is alleged to be insane.

A lolo or stupid boy received the court’s attention. He was charged with vagrancy, sleeping in sawdust in the back parlor of a planing mill. He was open-mouthed and stare-eyed and committed to be examined with Sweet Emalia by Dr. Moore, Dr. Emerson taking a vacation.


[After coming across this article from 1908 showing Sweet Emalia out in Honolulu, I am now thinking that the Emily Kaihumua sent to Kalawao in 1906 and being examined there in 1909 by Dr. Goodhue might not be the same person…

Hopefully one day soon, all the Hawaiian-Language Newspapers will be rescanned clearly so that if there is ever enough money to do once again an OCR project, or a hand transcription project, it can be done accurately so that hopefully we can find each and every available article that could clarify what became of Emalia, or any other person or event in Hawaiian history for that matter!!]

(Hawaiian Star, 8/13/1908, p. 5)


The Hawaiian Star, Volume XVI, Number 5708, Page 5. August 13, 1908.

Emalia Kaihumua in Kalaupapa and more, 1909.

The News of Kalaupapa.

Aloha no:—

Please be so kind as to allow a space on your deck for the few news items of this land of the sick, and it is for you to carry it away.

Movies are being showed all the time here, and the patients are very happy. There was an announcement for the patients who want to be seen by the doctors, an a portion of the patients came to the house of the doctor to sign up as per the offer. There were some people who hesitated and did not go to sign up. And as a result, the Doctor and the Superintendent sent a man from the workshop [hale oihana] to go amongst the houses to sign up those who wanted to be examined by the Doctor. The total of those who went to sign their names is 55, and they are who are listed below and the doctor they chose:

The Men. George Kukapu, William Limalu, William Kaha, Kealawaiole, Kelii Makakoa, Herbert Kaleleiki, D. Ku, Joe Kauhane, Peter Akim, Kalunakaahele, Leong Tung, Liloa Lovell, Hairam Pahau, Kaaihue, Hulihee, Hoaeae Nailima, Kuheleloa Liilii, ???? alewai Nailima, Bainamu, Solomon Momoa, Pakoma, ??? Kapela Maialoha, Kaeha, James Harvest, Naihe and Jon Waiwaiole, Total 27.

The Women. Kawai, Bela Liilii [? Kela Liilii], Kaua Lihau, Pelekila Ioane, Hanapule, Kauwe, Lizzie Aiamanu, Ane Mcmillan, Ellen Mcmillan, Emily Kaihumua, Ane Kekoa, Kailianu Kapiioho, Kala Opu, Rosse Meyer, Pahupiula, Rmma Kuaokala [? Emma Kuaokala], Loika Pauole, Holo Kapela, Makanui D. Umi, Nui, Agnes Holstein, Mary Naeole, Victoria Kaai, Mary Maialoha and Kamai Naihe. Total 25. These patients above are for Dr. Goodhue. For Dr. Wayson. Mary Kapukana (f), Malaia Makaula (f), and Kanaue (m). Total 3. The people who signed up at their own homes total 53; all together that makes 108, counted along with those chosen by the Legislature [Ahaolelo].

With great aloha for my lahui.



Kalawao, Molokai, Aug. 27, 1909.

(Kuokoa Home Rula, 9/3/1909, p. 3)

Na Mea Hou o Kalaupapa.

Kuokoa Home Rula, Buke VII, Helu 36, Aoao 3. Sepatemaba 3, 1909.

Emalia Kaihumua abused, 1906.


Emalia Kaihumua was attacked by her husband yesterday, the woman’s jaw being broken by a blow from a demijohn. She was taken to the police station for treatment and an investigation disclosed the fact that she was in all likelihood a leper, so she was ordered to the detention station at Kalihi.

(Hawaiian Star, 1/29/1906, p. 8)


The Hawaiian Star, Volume XIII, Number 4322, Page 8. January 29, 1906.

Tragic follow up to Emalia Kaihumua, 1906.


This past Sunday, January 28th, the husband of Emalia Kaihumua beat her and her jaw was dislocated, because she was struck with a wine bottle. That woman was taken to Kuapapanui, and tended to.

Later, Dr. McDonald of the Board of Health came and examined the injury, and after his examination of some of the flesh of that woman, he gave orders to have the injured woman to the Quarantine Station in Kalihi.

From this it is understood that Emalia is suspected of having leprosy, and that is possibly why she was taken to the quarantine area of the sick.

(Kuokoa, 2/2/1906, p. 4)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLIV, Helu 5, Aoao 4. Feberuari 2, 1906.

Sweet Emalia out and about, 1901.

[Found under: “LOCAL ‘HAWKSHAWS’ OWN UP IDENTITY … Sweet Emalia Denied the Oft-Repeated Impeachment]

“Sweet Emalia” was brought before the bar of justice to answer to the charge of being drunk. The fair defendant denied the soft impeachment, meanwhile shedding a copious flow of tears. Emalia was given a reprimand and discharged.

[Yes, Emalia Kaihumua made it out from the insane asylum!]

(Honolulu Republican, 6/2/1901, p. 1)

"Sweet Emalia" was brought...

The Honolulu Republican, Volume II, Number 305, Page 1. June 2, 1901.

Back to Sweet Emalia, 1897.

[Found under: “THIS AND THAT.”]

Sweet Emalia, that is Emalia Kaihumua, is now in the insane asylum [halemai pupule].

[After finding this abrupt notice, one would assume that now that Emalia was admitted into the insane asylum, other than escape, there would only be one way out…]

(Makaainana, 4/5/1897, p. 8)

Aia o Sweet Emalia...

Ka Makaainana, Buke VII—-Ano Hou, Helu 14, Aoao 8. Aperila 5, 1897.

More on Emalia Kaihumua out and about, 1901.

Sweet Emalia and Moanalua.

Their Problems Before the Court

Moanalua is a youth that we often see with a woman’s necklace all the time, and a women’s pocketbook. He is somewhat feeble-minded, and is always smiling. Moanalua is the name that people know him by, but his real name is something else.

He was arrested for stealing a suit and a pair of slacks from Keoki Woolsey’s place in Waikiki. He did not want a lawyer, and did not want to contest his guilt, and his case is left for the circuit court.

As for Sweet Emalia, she was enjoying the tasty water, swipe [suaipa], and after being filled with this intoxicating liquid, she went along with the two aikane, Kapahu and John Richard [?] on a car ride, in the evening of this past Sunday. The horse was exerted as they sped along King Street, and from the car came that song often heard from children on the streets, “There’ll be a hot time, in the old town, tonight.” This car was seen by a policeman as it sped on crazily, and he called out to stop, but the driver misheard and thought he was being told to speed up; and when the were caught, all the steam was exhausted from the horse resulting from it being run hard. Sweet Emalia and her riding companions were taken to jail [Halewai], and there she entertained the peace officers with her funny antics.

That Emalia was detained with another woman in a single room, and it wasn’t long when they began to display their skill in boxing. The rumbling of the earth was heard, and it was three large officers that separated the two women fighters.

Sweet Emalia was fined $12, and her fellow joy riders were each fined $2.00. Another suit was filed for injuring her companion, but it was dismissed.

(Kuokoa, 10/4/1901, p. 5)

O Sweet Emalia me Moanalua.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXXIX, Helu 14, Aoao 5. Okatoba 4, 1901.