Hawaiian returns home to Hilo after living in Boston for 50 years, 1917.


In the morning of last Friday, the steamship Matsonia docked in Hilo nei, and aboard the ship was Mr. Benjamin Keolaokalani Pitman [Pittman], the brother of the recently deceased Mrs. Mary Ailau. He left left Hilo when he was 10 years old, and went back with his father to the city of Boston, and he has lived there for a full 50 years, and this is the first time he has returned to see the place where he was born.

He is a direct cousin to George Mooheau Beckley, as their mothers were sisters; Kinoole is Mr. Pitman’s mother, and Kahinu is George C. Beckley’s. The two of them were daughters of the Alii Hoolulu who hid the bones of Kamehameha Ka Na’i Aupuni. He [Pittman] went with his people on a tour to see the fire of the enchanting woman of the pit, and on their return, they were entertained at the home of Mrs. Maraea Wilipaona [? Mrs. Maria Wilfong], and Mrs. J. D. Lewis and Mrs. Wilfong put on a luau to honor this Hawaiian Alii. On this trip of his to his homeland, accompanying him were his wife and some friends from Boston. On Saturday evening, he and his wife left for Honolulu, and from their they will return to his home in Boston. He is now a Millionaire living in Boston.

[Unfortunately, the digital images of the Hoku o Hawaii newspaper are only available online from 5/31/1917, and so the issue in which this story appears is not available yet (along with the ten years of newspapers that come before it).]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 2/8/1917, p. 2)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke 11, Helu 37, Aoao 2.

Secret Societies in Hawaii, 1914.

The Representatives of the Secret Societies Off To San Francisco

From the left to right—William Beers, Charles H. Rose, H. Pereira. On the second line below, from the left, John E. Garcia, E. J. Rego, Gaspar Silva. On the very bottom, James K. Kaulia.

Aboard the steamship Manoa leaving this port for the Golden Gate of San Francisco, rode some representatives of secret societies [hui malu] of Hawaii to join with other secret societies of the Pacific in their biennial meeting being held on the twelveth of this May, spending three days in meetings with these societies before their activities are let out.

The representatives of hundreds of secret societies will attend this great meeting, and at the conclusion of the annual men’s gathering, then the women will hold their meeting for they have established societies on the same foundation as the men.

The representatives from the various secret societies of Hawaii nei headed for this huge gathering in San Francisco are:

From the secret society of Court Camoes, H. Pereira and E. J. Rego. From the secret society Court Lunalilo, C. H. Rose and James Kaulia. From the secret society Court Maunakea, W. H. Beers and B. F. Shoen. From the secret society Court Valley Island, J. E. Garcia.

The representatives meeting at the women’s gathering are: Gaspar Silva, Mrs. Silva, and H. Pereira from the Camoes; and Miss D. M. Osorio and B. F. Shoen from the secret society of Maunakea.

The secret society representatives from Honolulu will be travelling to the Golden Gate in three trips; this Tuesday, some of them, Charles H. Rose, James K. Kaulia, H. Pereira, E. J. Rego, and John Garcia, boarded the steamship Manoa.

Tomorrow, the second of this month, Gaspar Silva and Mrs. Silva will board the Mongolia; and on the Matsonia of The sixth, W. H. Beers, Miss M. Osorio, and B. F. Shoen will leave, and it is from Hilo that they will board that steamship.

When all of the representatives reach San Fransico, they will come under the care of a committee set aside for that purpose, and there are people there who are kamaaina of Honolulu who await happily to see these keiki of the Territory.

[These all fall under the Ancient Order of Foresters.]

(Kuokoa, 5/1/1914, p. 1)

Na Elele o na Hui Malu no Kapalakiko

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LII, Helu 18, Aoao 1. Mei 1, 1914.