Death announcement for John W. Moanauli, 1913.


He Grew Weary of this Life at His Daughter’s Place in Waikiki.

After many months of his body growing thinner with sickness, the Honorable J. W. Moanauli passed away, this Monday morning at the home of this daughter, Mrs. Kanakanui, in Waikiki.

He was seen for many sessions of the legislature in the past, a representative from the island of Hawaii; and there were many important positions that he held during various times, up until he went to sleep for all times.

The Honorable Moanauli was born in Kohala, Hawaii. He was the child of Kainapau, the first cousin of the kaukau alii Naihe of Kohala, and his mother was Namoomoo, who was a kaukau alii from Kohala.

It was at Lahainaluna School where he was educated during his youth, and he was a lawyer practicing law. For a number of sessions of the legislature, he was chosen as the representative from Hawaii, and outside of that position, he was a judge, as well as a sheriff of Hawaii for several terms.

In the year 1881, J. W. Moanauli married Mrs. Henry A. Beers of Honolulu, and he leaves his widow and children and many grandchildren behind to grieve for him.

Mr. Moanauli was a stepfather [makuakane kolea] to Mrs. S. M. Kanakanui of Honolulu; Mrs. James Cornwell of Waikapu, Maui; William Henry Beers, the county attorney [loio kalana] of Hawaii; and Mrs. Namohala of Hilo.

[Much of the more detailed genealogical information is usually available outside of the regular Vital Statistics Column. Many times beginning in the early 1900s, there is a photograph attached to death notices.

Compare this to the Vital Statistics Column announcing John W. Moanauli’s death in the same issue of the Kuokoa.]

(Kuokoa, 1/24/1913, p. 1)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLIX, Helu 4, Aoao 1. Ianuari 24, 1913.

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.

Alii of Fatu Hiva, 1867.

[Found under: “LOCAL NEWS: OAHU”]

The Body of Kieekai.—This kaukau alii from Fatu Hiva [Fatuhiva] to Honolulu by the Honorable John Papa Ii [Ioane Ii], and he came here in search of health. It was Ii who cared for him at his own home along with some others, and Kieekai died. At the death of this kaukau alii, The Honorable One spent his own money to purchase the three caskets for the body. Being that the Hokuao is on its way to Fatu Hiva, he asked the Hawaiian Board of Missions [Papa Hawaii] to return the body to the land of his birth. It was agreed to, and when the Hokuao left, the body was taken. The Honorable One is appreciated for his fine care.

(Kuokoa, 3/30/1867, p. 2)

Ke Kupapau o Kieekai.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke VI, Helu 13, Aoao 2. Maraki 30, 1867.