Historian J. D. B. Kuakahela dies at sea, 1899.


O Kuokoa Newspaper. Aloha oe:—Please flash across the four corners of Hawaii to Niihau, so that the wife, children and grandchildren see, being that they are in Honolulu, and also all of the friends and fellows of the one who died.

J. D. B. Kuakahela died on the 18th of February 1899 at Milolii, South Kona, Hawaii. When he went and was in the area where he wanted to fish, he was floating; we saw him fishing in that area, between the coast of Kalihi and Omokaa. When we looked once more, Kuakahela was no longer floating in that area, and we thought he sailed to some other place. Some minutes later, pieces of the canoe were seen broken into small bits, his fishing line container [poho aho], and his hat floated upon the shore. That is when we said, that is the canoe of Kuakahela; he is in trouble. I instructed W. J. Kaleimoku to go by canoe to search for Kuakahela, so he went to go look, and a number of hours later, he was found dead.

And thereafter a canoe arrived, and the boys aboard that waa were going fishing without knowing that Kuakahela met with disaster; they were told of the calamity and they went to bring him to the house, and when we got there, the waa with the body of the deceased, J. D. B. Kuakahela aboard, landed. His body was not bruised by the action of the ocean. He was one of the elders of this Church of Miloliii who passed on. Aloha no.

J. W. M.


J. D. B. Kuakahela of South Kona, Hawaii, has died because a wave crashed onto his canoe while he was fishing. While he was living, he instructed that at his death, that he is to be buried with all of his newspapers, and this wish of his was carried out.

[That last comment is awesome. I bet I would have liked this man!]

(Kuokoa, 2/24/1899, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXXVIII, Helu 8, Aoao 2. Feberuari 24, 1899.

Lava destroys the village of Hoopuloa, Kona. 1926.

The Harbor of Hoopuloa is Destroyed by Lava.

On this past Sunday [4/18/1926], the fire of woman of Mokuaweoweo appeared and reached the sea and it swept aside the things blocking its path. When it got close to the upland of Hoopuloa, the flow of lava separated into two, and one of the flows went straight for the village of Hoopuloa and the harbor, and the second flow went towards the village of Milolii. The fiery lava engulfed the harbor and village of Hoopuloa, and now they are but a heap of pahoehoe lava.

According to eyewitnesses of this engulfing lava, it was frightening seeing the lava coming down, and others say that it was truly awesome watching the flowing lava and its sweeping aside of all obstructions in its path.

The last word heard before the the Hoku went to the press was that this Wondrous Woman of Halemaumau returned to her Palace at Kilauea, and she is bringing to life her fires at the famed crater of Halemaumau.

Perhaps her rage has been quenched as the skin of that woman has touched the sea, but the memory of the tragedy which befell the people of that section of Kona is heartbreaking.

[And check out this awesome picture of the tragic event taken by Tai Sing Loo, put up by the Hawaiian Historical Society!]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 4/20/1926, p. 2)

Pau ka Uwapo o Hoopuloa i ke Ahi Pele

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke XIX, Helu 48, Aoao 2. Aperila 20, 1926.