Letter from Joseph Kekipi, 1916.

A Musical Band of Hawaiian Youths in America

Standing from the left: David Kaahili, Prince Jack Heleluhe, John Nakeleawe; Sitting below: Miss Amy Awai, Joseph K. Kekipi.

The photograph above, is of some Hawaiian youths that are travelling around America while working, singing and playing music. Their names are above, and they faces are familiar to Honolulu’s people. Continue reading


Joseph Heleluhe, 1900.



Keakealani was the man. Kalehuna was the woman. Born was Keawemainui (m).

Keawemainui was the man. Kaleikumaielani was the woman. Born was Kuhailiilii (f).

Kuhailiilii was the woman. Alapai was the man. Born was Keaweopala (m).

This was Alapai, the King of Hawaii. The one who crushed a number of Rulers [Alii Aimoku]. Alapai died at Kikiakoi, Kawaihae, in the year 1753, and Keaweopala his child became the ruler of the districts [okana] of Kona, Kohala, Hamakua, and Hilo, in 1753.

Keaweopala was the man. Namoe was the woman. Born was Kanekoa (m).

Kanekoa was the man. Molao was the woman. Born was Kanoa (f), Kanepipi (f), and Kapela (m).

Kanoa was the woman. Heleluhe was the man. Born was Keoki (f), Kaioewa (f), Joseph Hewahewa Kaimihakulani Heleluhe (m), Kanoa (f), and Ana (f).

Joseph Hewahewa Kaimihakulani Heleluhe was educated in the district schools of Puna, his land of birth, and educated at Hilo Boarding School [Kula Hanai o Hilo].

He graduated, and then lived in Kau, and did physical labor. He moved to Honolulu and lived with King Kalakaua, and after Kalakaua was done, he then lived with Queen Liliuokalani as her Steward [Puuku], and remained in that capacity until they went to America in 1896.

On that journey to America, upon him was also placed the duty of secretary to Queen Liliuokalani.

He received that position because of his propriety, and his meticulousness.

They went once again to America in 1899 and returned home to the aina on June 4, 1900; he left behind his labors and hardships of life in this world on July 8, 1900.

He left behind him, his Royal Mistress [Haku Alii], his wife, his mother, a number of sisters, his children, and his friends.

He was an amicable man with an open heart, and the voice of his Queen was important to him.

He was a true patriot, and he was an envoy from the Hawaiian nation to America.

He was born in Kapoho, Puna, Hawaii, on June 2, 1855. He made 45 years old and 16 days.

(Aloha Aina, 7/28/1900, p. 1)


Ke Aloha Aina, Buke VI, Helu 30, Aoao 1. Iulai 28, 1900.

Wakeke Ululani Heleluhe passes away, 1921.


After being ill for some time, Mrs. Wakeke Ululani grew weary of this life, at six in the evening of this past Monday [11/21/1921], at her home on 13th Avenue in Kaimuki, being eighty or so years old.

Mrs. Wakeke Ululani Heleluhe was born on Maui, however, for thirty years, she was a companion to Queen Liliuokalani, from the Queen’s young days, until Liliu passed on.

In the last days of the Queen’s life, Mrs. Heleluhe was constantly before her, watching over her care, just as the days when Liliu was reigning as monarch of Hawaii nei, and everywhere that the Queen went, she went as well.

Once when the Queen went to Washington, Mrs. Heleluhe was in her retinue.

Mrs. Wakeke Heleluhe was a member of the Kaahumanu Society [Ahahui Kaahumanu]. Her husband, Joe Heleluhe, who passed long ago, was the Queen’s secretary during her reign.

Surviving her is a son and daughter of theirs; the son, Jack Heleluhe, is working in America singing, and when the steamship Hawkeye State arrived in Honolulu some weeks ago, he was one of the people on the ship, on his way to Baltimore.

As for the daughter, Mrs. Myra Iona, she is one of the women who attended Queen Liliu while she was living, and she went along twice with the Queen to Washington.

At 3:30 in the afternoon of this past Tuesday, her funeral was held, from William’s Mortuary her earthly body was laid to rest at the cemetery in Kamoiliili.

[The Queen writes of her stay in Washington D. C. in 1897:

“In the early part of May it became necessary for my companion, Mrs. Kia Nahaolelua, to return to Honolulu. Three months was the length of time I had expected to be absent when I asked her to accompany me; but five months had passed away, and her husband and large family of children needed her. So I sent her to San Francisco under the charge of Captain Palmer, where he was to meet Mrs. Joseph Heleluhe, and conduct her to Washington.”

The Mrs. Joseph Heleluhe sent for here is Wakeke Ululani Heleluhe.]

(Kuokoa, 11/25/1921, p. 4)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LIX, Helu 47, Aoao 4. Novemaba 25, 1921.