George Makalena and others with the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show want to come home, 1899.

Hawaiian Rough Riders

Four of the Hawaiians who were with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show are at San Francisco rooming in a big building opposite the Occidental on Montgomery. The boys, who hope to get off for home by Manoa, are: K. Nakea, Hoapili, Kipi and Makalena. Continue reading


George Healii Kahea Beckley awarded military medal, 1919.


For the past year,  there has been no word to his family, and they did not know whether he was dead or not. However, during the past couple of weeks, a letter arrived written by him from Britain.

Four years ago, George Healii Kahea Beckley left Hawaii for America. in 1914, he departed America aboard the steamship Missourian, full of mules to take to France for the armed forces of Britain.

He got off the ship in France, and entered the battlefield with the British Army; he was shot and returned to Britian.

After he recovered, he joined the war once again on the east side at the Balkans and Salonika; there he again faced injury: he, a friend, and his cousin Hoapili from Hawaii. The three of them were returned to Britain to the Hospital.

Thereafter, he was not heard from again, but last week, his cousin, Leander Beckley,  of the group of car drivers of Fort Street, received a letter from him.

The letter was written on the 22nd of December, saying that he was in Britain, and in good health. He is awaiting his discharge, and then he’ll return home.

[I am not sure about the first reference to “four years ago” and then “1914”… Also, does anyone know who this Hoapili refers to?]

(Aloha Aina, 2/8/1919, p. 2)


Ke Aloha Aina, Buke XXXIV, Helu 5, Aoao 2. Feberuari 8, 1919.