The passing of Jack Kuamoo, 1913.


He is one of the members of the Royal Hawaiian Band [Bana Hawaii] established by Professor Northcock, a British man, and under his instruction, Jack Kuamoo acquired a superior talent in playing the smaller drums. There is no one amongst the Hawaiian people and amongst those who play the smaller drums of our band these days that can follow after the talent that Jack Kuamoo had.

In 1895, the Royal Hawaiian Band went to America under the leadership of Professor Libornio, a Filipino, and his abilities in drumming smaller drums diminished in the places where we in the band played. He was a known expert in his talent taught to him until proficient, and it is the old kamaaina of Honolulu nei who are the witness to this.

With his death, he left behind three of his old friends still living: Frank Mahuka, living with his children, grandchildren and many of his family in Kalihi Camp; James Pohina, and the one writing this [Samuel K. Kamakea], still with the band today. All of the old ones of this profession in 1870 have died, and we are the old members left alive today. But we are to follow too on the same path, so who amongst us three will be the one to go after Jack Kuamoo.

Because of the unforgettable remembrances of Captain H. Berger for Jack Kuamoo, he was invited by the members of the Band to offer some dirges at the crypt of Manuel Silva, and the loving invitation by the band was accepted, and at half past three in the afternoon of this Wednesday, the band played some mele kanikau for Jack Kuamoo.

We, the old members of the band, are giving our right hand of true aloha, and join with you O Wife who is left without a husband, and grieve with you, and mourn with you, and carry with you the sadness borne upon you; and may the Heavens wash away all of the streaks of tears from you.

We with sincerity,




[Does anyone know who the Professor Northcock mentioned refers to?]

(Kuokoa, 9/26/1913, p. 3)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LI, Helu 38, Aoao 3. Sepatemaba 26, 1913.

Death Announcements and the importance of checking all available sources.—1912.


Quickly, without any previous knowledge, George Naalehu Shaw left this life, that native son of the Paupili rain of Lahaina, at his home makai of Kakaako, at noontime on Wednesday. Before noon, he was preparing food for him and his wife. He did not reach the place to put the food, when he collapsed and lay on the floor. When the younger sister of his wife saw him lying there, she went to massage him and called out to Mrs. Shaw and others in the house who continued to massage him; but he passed on. He was not sickly, and was in town in the morning meeting with friends.

According to the doctors, he died of heart disease. He was 56 years old. Surviving him are his wife, children, an older brother, and sisters.

His body was carried from the mortuary of Manuel Silva to the cemetery of Kawaiahao yesterday evening.

Aloha to this brother of the land.

(Kuokoa Home Rula, 3/1/1912, p. 1)


Kuokoa Home Rula, Buke X, Helu 9, Aoao 1. Maraki 1, 1912.

[It is important to check all available sources and not just one! Look at this announcement of George N. Shaw’s death in Aloha Aina. Although it may seem short and uninformative, it adds to the information given above!]

George N. Shaw left this life on this past Wednesday; he is well known to Honolulu’s people as Keoki Pia [George Pia]. Aloha to that Hawaiian who has gone.

(Aloha Aina, 3/2/1912, p. 1)

Ua haalele mai i keia ola ana...

Ke Aloha Aina, Buke XVI, Helu 9, Aoao 1. Maraki 2, 1912.

[Even the Vital Statistics column from the Kuokoa that we posted earlier this week, although just two lines, gives added information!]

Vital Statistics column from Kuokoa, 3/1/1912, p. 8.

[I just did a search for “George Shaw” in the Hawaii papers in 1912 on Chronicling America, but found nothing. This does NOT mean that there are no announcements there, because sometimes words and names come out garbled and are not findable using the word search. If you have the luxury of knowing when an event occurred, it is always best to do a manual search of the newspapers around that date!]