PERSONAL REMINISCENCES OF OLD-TIME HAWAII AND NOTED ACTORS IN STIRRING DRAMA
How Many of the Chiefs Joined in the California Gold Rush and Died of Frontier Hardships; Terrors of Smallpox Scourge of 1853 When Thousands Died Throughout Islands
By MARY JANE FAYERWEATHER MONTANO
(Continued from last Sunday)
CAPT. GEORGE BECKLEY, my grandfather, concerning whom I dwelt at length in the beginning of my story of olden Hawaii, keeps well in the foreground of my thoughts, for not only was he the first haole to become a member of our Hawaiian family, but he played an important part in the affairs of the Hawaiian Islands, for whenever the King held council (and I am referring to Kamehameha the Great), he called his haoles in, and Captain Beckley was one of them.
In 1870, whilst I was on a visit to Kona, Hawaii, visiting the home of Judge Hoapili, at Keauhou, we went to see our alii, Ruth, at Hulihee. She pointed out to me the large hau tree back of the house, the old royal palace, and said: Continue reading