Julia Cody Goodman, sister of Buffalo Bill, arrives, 1928.


Honoring Mrs. Julia Cody Goodman, sister of the late William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill), a program of Hawaiian dances, songs and ceremonies, is being given this afternoon at the home of W. F. Goodman, 2680 Kaaipu Ave., a son of Mrs. Goodman.

Mrs. Goodman arrived in Honolulu last Saturday for a visit with her son. She is 85 but still active.

The program for today was arranged by J. K. Mokumaia, foreman of the capitol building force, who was a member of the famous Buffalo Bill show during a mainland tour in 1898. There were seven Hawaiians in the company at that time, of whom two survive.

(Star-Bulletin, 6/22/1928, p. 1)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Volume XXXV, Number 11,378, Page 1. June 22, 1928.

Educator Mrs. Clara M. Mokumaia retires, 1940.

Mrs. Mokumaia Will Retire After 35 Years as Teacher


Mrs. Clara M. Mokumaia, principal of Kaloaloa school, was busy checking upon details for a Boy Scouts’ party when we found her for an interview. The sandwiches were being made, cookies were baked and 10 gallons of punch had been ordered. She had put some flowers in the school auditorium to spruce it up a bit for the party.

She had had a busy school day but she was going to return in the evening to make sure that her Boy Scouts had a good time.

“I’m strong for Boy Scout work,” she explained. “Some people object to the Scouts using the school buildings because they might damage them a little but I would rather have better boys than beautiful buildings. It is more than important to have a boy’s life clean and fit.” Continue reading

Passing of J. K. Mokumaia covered in D.C. paper, 1929.


Toured U. S. and Europe as Cowboy and Crack Shot With Buffalo Bill’s Show.

“Two-Gun” Mokumaia, a picturesque character of Honolulu, is dead. He was widely known in Hawaii, and during the last few years, as foreman of the Capitol grounds, he made friends with hundreds of tourist visitors. In his youth Mokumaia, says the San Francisco Chronicle, was a paniolo (cowboy) and became so proficient as a horseman, roper and crack shot that he joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, touring the United States and Europe as a Hawaiian cowboy. Continue reading

Lauhala anyone? 1916.


To everyone who is holding on to lauhala from Hawaii to Niihau; please tell the person whose name appears below by letter.

I want lauhala, but give me notice by letter.


Moanalua, Honolulu, Oahu.

(Aloha Aina, 4/15/1916, p. 4)


Ke Aloha Aina, Buke XXI, Helu 27, Aoao 4. Aperila 15, 1916.

Moanalua: Mele, Moolelo, and Mokumaia, 1922.


O Moanalua haki ke au,
I Kahauiki hemo ka umoki
I ke kula loa hoi o Kalihi,
I Kaiwiula kikiipau,
Kapalama lo’i laiki,
I Keoneula malu ke kiawe,
Leleo i ka lokowai,
Haaliliamanu honi kaua,
Kapuukolo i ka Nekina,
Hololio laau me ka huapala,
Kamanuwai moa liilii,
Hauna ke kai eha oe ia’u,
Hainaia mai ana ka puana,
Moanalua au ha’i ke au.

He mau hiona no Moanalua...

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXI, Helu 35, Aoao 3. Augate 31, 1922.

Some scenes of Moanalua:—The picture on the left is the Valley of Manaiki, where the royal assassins lived. The picture on the top on the right is Mrs. J. K. Mokumaia, and below is the Waialamihi Pond.

[This version of “Moanalua” is taken from a long-running column written by J. K. Mokumaia, a long-time resident of the area, on the history of Moanalua, which he called “Moanalua of the past and Moanalua of the Present.” This series which includes many priceless photographs like those above (which will be seen much more clearly when the newspapers are scanned properly) ran in the Kuokoa from 2/17/1922 until 8/31/1922 (although unfinished, it seems to end on this date).]

O Moanalua haki ke au...

O Moanalua haki ke au…

(Kuokoa, 8/31/1922, p. 3)

Maori visit Hawaii, 1920.

This is Mr. J. K. Mokumaia with the Maori malihini, photographed before the statue of Kamehameha; they are Mr. and Mrs. Clark of New Zealand. The woman is the last kaukau alii [kaukaualii hope loa ??], and they came to do good works by strengthening the missionaries of the Latter Day.

[The text is pretty clear, but during the last decades of the newspapers, you will notice more and more typos, as you can see here.

If the newspapers were reshot clearly, the image would no doubt be much more crisp.]

(Kuokoa, 7/9/1920, p. 3)

Mr. J. K. Mokumaia keia...

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LVIII, Helu 28, Aoao 3. Iulai 9, 1920.

J. K. Mokumaia and Keoni Paakaula, 1927.

One of the reasons i posted the return of the ahuula article is because it reminded me of another post just put up—Moanalua, then and now. 1922.

In the image of the Palace Guards from the day of the return of the feather cape, you can see J. K. Mokumaia in the middle of the front row, and John Paakaula, far right on the back row.

I am wondering if this is the same Keoni Paakaula, the kumu hula of Moanalua. He would in theory be 107 years old in this picture.

[It is always important to look up name variants when you are searching for people (and even places). Biblical names in Hawaiian also appear in English, like “Keoni” and “John”. Also, Biblical names are sometimes abbreviated, like “Jas.” for “James”… It would be very helpful if there was a list of names and their variants up online.]