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!]