THE CALM SEAS OF KONA
These past days, the Rev. Desha went to Hilo for a conference of pastors held there. He went with Rev. Paul Morimoto and Rev. and Mrs. James Upchurch. Rev. Desha said that this was one of the finest Conferences.
Rev. Desha planned to go to Honolulu once the Conference in Hilo was over for the birthday of his Aunty, Mrs. Bella [Isabella] Desha, and those who know her as Mother Desha. But he gave up this idea to go when he hear that his cousin, Alika Desha, left this life, the youngest son of Mother Desha. How regretful for these young Hawaiians.
Alika [Alexander] Desha was born in Honolulu, and he was forty-nine years old. He was educated at the government schools of Honolulu and Hilo. He married Emma Ukauka of Honolulu and from this union they had five children. For over twenty-five years he worked for the store of P. C. Beamer, his brother-in-law, in Hilo.
The family from Honolulu who came for the funeral was Mother Desha [Isabella Desha], mother of the deceased; Mrs. Ida Becker, sister; David Desha, older brother, Mr. and Mrs. John R. Desha, cousins; and the children, Capt. Adolph Desha, Alec Jr. and Vivian. The funeral was held in the afternoon of Thursday, January 13, 1944. The first funeral congregation was held Elmore Funeral Home for the family and friends. Rev. Moses Moku and Rev. Desha performed the service. The final funeral congregation was held at the Masonic Hall under the direction of the Masons, and there were many friends who came.
The celebration of the birthday of Mother Desha was not neglected, but the children and grandchildren of the one whose day it was gathered in the morning of the Sabbath and honored her with a very nice party. She is eighty years old.
(Hoku o Hawaii, 1/26/1944, p. 1)
Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXVIII, Number 40, Aoao 1. Ianuari 26, 1944.