On the death of Elizabeth Kawahinenohomaunaokilauea Kaaia, 1925.

EXPRESSION  OF LOVE FOR MRS. ELIZABETH KAWAHINENOHOMAUNAOKILAUEA KAAIA

The Almighty Father in heaven was kind to take the greatly loved mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Kawahinenohomaunaokilauea Kaaia from this disheartening life to eternal life.

She was a member of the church of Waianae, Oahu. She was a patient mother and was always strove do to the good works of her Lord in this church, and because the weakness that came upon her body, she could not participate bodily in the work for the last year of her life.

She was a kind mother and welcoming, and had an open heart, and she was hospitable to everyone who came to the home of her and greatly beloved husband, Rev. Samuel Peter Kaaia.

She spent 74 years old, 5 months and 10 days, and on the 12th of July, 1925, at 8:15 a.m., she grew weary of this life,and returned to the beauty of the home to rest for always which her Lord had prepared.

Her last service was held in the church by Rev. Henry P. Judd, the corresponding secretary [kakauleta] of the Hawaiian Mission, and at the grave by Rev. William K. Poai, the overseeing committee of the church, and present were the members of the Aloha Lahui Association [Ahahui Aloha Lahui] of Lahaina, and she was laid to rest in the cemetery of the church.

With her passing, she left behind her beloved husband, Rev. Samuel Peter Kaaia; their daughter, Mrs. Lowell K. Kupau [Elizabeth L. Kupau]; and 9 grandchildren, who grieve in love for her; and so too the family. How sad!

It has been resolved by us, the members of the church of Waianae, Oahu, along with the Church overseeing committee, Rev. William K. Poai, by way of our committee, to join with your, our Father Missionary, Rev. Samuel Peter Kaaia, your daughter, with your grandchildren and all of your family, in carrying the grief and sadness that has befallen upon you all, and we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, that He give us all relief.

We also resolved to send a copy of this to the husband who is without his intimate, travel companion, and fellow worker to make known to the church of the small islands of Marshall [Makala] and Gilbert [Gilibati], and the family, and one copy to the Friend [the church paper], and one copy to the Kuokoa Newspaper.

Sincerely,

HARRY G. POE
Committee Chairman

HENRY KAPELA

LOWELL K. KUPAU

[There is much history in the Hawaiian newspapers waiting to be found! Although the huge tome, “Partners in Change: A Biographical Encyclopedia of American Protestant Missionaries in Hawaiʻi and their Hawaiian and Tahitian Colleagues, 1820–1900” put out by the Hawaiian Mission Houses came out not that long ago, it does not seem to include Hawaiians sent as missionaries by the Hawaiian Board.

Meanwhile, “Nā Kahu: Portraits of Native Hawaiian Pastors at Home and Abroad, 1820–1900,” also published recently, has a listing for S. P. Kaaia, but no real information about Elizabeth, except that she is the daughter of J. H. Pahio and wife of S. P. Kaaia. It mistakenly gives her name as “Elizabeth Konoho.” You would imagine missionary wives played an important role, and should be acknowledged.]

(Kuokoa, 8/13/1925, p. 4)

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Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXIV, Helu 33, Aoao 4. Augate 13, 1925.

No fooling in Lahaina a hundred years ago, 1916.

ALL WERE DELIGHTED

Mr. Sol Hanohano, Aloha oe:—Please allow me some open space on the wings of  the seagull of ours, so the words above have somewhere to nest.

While everyone was sitting around in the shade of the ulu grove of Lele, enjoying the softly blowing Ma-aa breeze, the local wind of the land, the people were surprised to see a notice put up: “Band concert tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock p.m. The Lahaina Public Band will give a public concert under the banyan tree, court house grounds. All welcome! Come one! Come all!”

And being that it was on the 1st of April that this announcement was seen, and the words said that it was the following day at 3 o’clock p.m. that the band would play, Apr. 2, 1916, the announcement was not reliable, because it was the 1st of April, maybe the intent of that announcement is an April Fool; so when going to the place directed, you would find something like the kids saying, “Go to school, tell your teacher you’re a fool,” but for this,  “Go to courthouse grounds, and call yourself you’re a fool!”

But these guesses were put aside until the prescribed time was at hand, and the band members were indeed seen seated in the place made ready for them. And for the first time, the realization came that this was not an April fool.

When the clock struck 3 o’clock, we saw Lowell Kupau bow and as he rose up he was holding his instrument, and with a wink of an eye, the voice of the band burst forth. It was just so lovely! it was a beauty that could not be faulted for they were only taught for a very short few days. The songs played were “Kaua i ka la i pohina,” “Silver Threads Amongst the Gold,” “Maui Beauty me Roselani,” composed by William J. Coelho. “Maui no ka oi,” composed by Rev. S. Kapu, “Mai poina oe ia’u,” and “Aloha oe.” “Hawaii Ponoi.” Continue reading