James Keau in Tonga, 1892.

JAMES KEAU IN LIFUKA HAAPAI.

Lifuka Haapai, April 23, ’92,

Dear younger brother

Capt. J. Kaai;

Aloha oe: I have time write a  letter to you, for it has been a long time being apart from you all, but I am now sending this letter to you with much aloha. Continue reading

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Hawaiians deported from Samoa, 1891.

Hawaiians From Samoa

Aboard the steamship Zealandia which landed this past Saturday, these Hawaiian friends came back from Samoa due to the deportation proclamation by King Malietoa, and their passage was paid for by funds from the Legislature which was set aside. Here are their names: Kimo Kukona and wife, Kawelu and wife, Kaolola, Kaluna, Moanalua, and Kahinu. They said that life in those islands was comfortable, and suitable for the health, but they could not stay long because of King Malietoa’s deportation order. There is much leprosy spreading there.

Hairama Kaumialii and Mose wed Samoan wives. The latter named is a sailor on the Kaimiloa who abandoned ship at Samoa. They both will return under the deportation law. Kauaua, a sailor from the Kaimiloa who fled, assimilated to the Samoan way of life, and is covered in a tattoo. These are the Hawaiians who remained and are preparing to return: Mose, Kaliko, Kauaua, Keoni, A. B. Kaaukuu, Mrs. Maria, Lui, Mrs. Akahi, Luna, Miss Kalua, Mrs. Kaulahao, Kanaauao, Kamaka, Kauaki, Meekue, and Hailama Kaumialii. As for James Keau, he is well off, living in the islands of Tonga, and is far from the authority of this expulsion order by King Malietoa.

[If some of my posts look familiar to some of you, they are being reposted from my old Hoolaupai Facebook page. They cannot be easily found on that page, and that was one of the major reasons for starting this one. Here at least i can do tags and categories, and hopefully that makes them easier to find. Google also does a pretty good job of making them searchable!]

(Kuokoa, 1/17/1891, p. 2)

NA HAWAII MAI SAMOA

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXX, Helu 3, Aoao 2. Ianuari 17, 1891.

James Keau writes from Apia, Upolu, Samoa, 1887.

[Found under: “Correspondences from Friends”]

From Samoa.

Apia, Upolu, Samoa, Oct. 19, 1887.

Aloha to you and your whole family:

Here I am in Samoa in good health.

I am very taken by this land; life is good. The lay of the harbor is fine. If it was built well like the harbor of Honolulu, then this one would be better; currently, there are many lovely huge wooden houses and life here is somewhat like that in Hilo, but perhaps it is better here.

There is much food in this land, and fruits like coconuts, bananas, oranges, breadfruit, mango, and much more; life is easy here; the people are pleasant, people do not make trouble, they do not think much of work, they just go about their way.

Their bodies are bare: the men, women, and children as well; they have big bodies, and they cover their privates; some of them wear clothes as we do, and so do some men [?]

I will be going to Savaii, a large island like Hawaii, and there I will board a steamship and return to Honolulu in the month of December.

I am looking for all sorts of things to sell there; many haole acquaintances put in orders, and that is what I look for; coconut bowls are mainly the goods that I bring back, as well as some other things.

There are many things which this place is blessed with, and I feel that if I were to live here, I will have a blissful existence. Your friend, JAMES KEAU.

Paeaina [probably from the newspaper Ko Hawaii Paeaina (of which the May to December 1887 issues are missing…)]

(Kuokoa, 11/5/1887, p. 4)

Mai Samoa Mai.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXVI, Helu 45, Aoao 4. Novemaba 5, 1887.