Elizabeth Kupau remembers time in the Gilbert Islands, 1947.


At least four persons in Honolulu are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the American Board of Missions’ auxiliary schooner Morning Star VI.

The tentative arrival date for the Micronesia-bound missionary schooner is October 16.

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Mrs. Elizabeth Kupau of 643 Lana lane sailed to the Gilbert islands in 1898 aboard the Morning Star V. At that time she was a year old.

Her father was the late Rev. S. P. Kaaia whose pastorate had been located at Puna, Hawaii. Continue reading

On the death of Elizabeth Kawahinenohomaunaokilauea Kaaia, 1925.


The Almighty Father in heaven was kind to take the greatly loved mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Kawahinenohomaunaokilauea Kaaia from this disheartening life to eternal life.

She was a member of the church of Waianae, Oahu. She was a patient mother and was always strove do to the good works of her Lord in this church, and because the weakness that came upon her body, she could not participate bodily in the work for the last year of her life.

She was a kind mother and welcoming, and had an open heart, and she was hospitable to everyone who came to the home of her and greatly beloved husband, Rev. Samuel Peter Kaaia.

She spent 74 years old, 5 months and 10 days, and on the 12th of July, 1925, at 8:15 a.m., she grew weary of this life,and returned to the beauty of the home to rest for always which her Lord had prepared.

Her last service was held in the church by Rev. Henry P. Judd, the corresponding secretary [kakauleta] of the Hawaiian Mission, and at the grave by Rev. William K. Poai, the overseeing committee of the church, and present were the members of the Aloha Lahui Association [Ahahui Aloha Lahui] of Lahaina, and she was laid to rest in the cemetery of the church.

With her passing, she left behind her beloved husband, Rev. Samuel Peter Kaaia; their daughter, Mrs. Lowell K. Kupau [Elizabeth L. Kupau]; and 9 grandchildren, who grieve in love for her; and so too the family. How sad!

It has been resolved by us, the members of the church of Waianae, Oahu, along with the Church overseeing committee, Rev. William K. Poai, by way of our committee, to join with your, our Father Missionary, Rev. Samuel Peter Kaaia, your daughter, with your grandchildren and all of your family, in carrying the grief and sadness that has befallen upon you all, and we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, that He give us all relief.

We also resolved to send a copy of this to the husband who is without his intimate, travel companion, and fellow worker to make known to the church of the small islands of Marshall [Makala] and Gilbert [Gilibati], and the family, and one copy to the Friend [the church paper], and one copy to the Kuokoa Newspaper.


Committee Chairman



[There is much history in the Hawaiian newspapers waiting to be found! Although the huge tome, “Partners in Change: A Biographical Encyclopedia of American Protestant Missionaries in Hawaiʻi and their Hawaiian and Tahitian Colleagues, 1820–1900” put out by the Hawaiian Mission Houses came out not that long ago, it does not seem to include Hawaiians sent as missionaries by the Hawaiian Board.

Meanwhile, “Nā Kahu: Portraits of Native Hawaiian Pastors at Home and Abroad, 1820–1900,” also published recently, has a listing for S. P. Kaaia, but no real information about Elizabeth, except that she is the daughter of J. H. Pahio and wife of S. P. Kaaia. It mistakenly gives her name as “Elizabeth Konoho.” You would imagine missionary wives played an important role, and should be acknowledged.]

(Kuokoa, 8/13/1925, p. 4)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXIV, Helu 33, Aoao 4. Augate 13, 1925.

Death of Elizabeth K. Pahio Kaaia, 1925.


The death of Mrs. Elizabeth K. Pahio Kaaia, wife of Rev. Samuel Peter Kaaia of the Waianae church, occurred Sunday at their home in Waianae. Mrs. Kaaia was 74 years old. Continue reading

Mrs. Naomi Kekela passes away, 1902.

Expression of Gratitude


At 2 p. m. on August 30, 1902, at the home of Mrs. Susan Kekela, one of their daughters in Waianae, the angel of death came to take the spirit of Mrs. Naomi Kekela, and left behind her cold body in sadness.


The procession took place from the home where she died until the church, at 3:30 p. m., the services were held.

The words were related to the husband, children, and grandchildren of the deceased, and they were related to all the mourners in the church house. The congregation was filled with grieving hearts remembering the one who passed. The last words were of the pastor. Here is the essence of the words: “Mrs. Naomi Kekela passed on, for her eternal rest. Her work with us is over. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”

It was the father Rev. J. Kekahuna who concluded the services for the deceased, and the earth returned to earth, as the saying goes: “You are earth, and you shall return there.” And Mrs. Naomi Kekela lay at the cemetery of the church of Waianae, and on the last day, Jesus will return, and everlasting beauty will be resurrected, made ready for his people who he chose from amongst this world.

With this, know, O faithful, and friends from Hawaii to Kauai, Mrs. Naomi Kekela is one of the first female missionaries from amongst Hawaii’s own women, sent to the Archipelago of Nuuhiwa for foreign service, by the Hawaiian Board of Missionaries [Papa Hawaii].

The two of them lived in that land proclaiming the light of life through Jesus, for 40 years or more. They returned to Hawaii to retire.

Left behind is her beloved husband, Rev. J. Kekela, and 4 daughters, and her grandchildren. There are a number of children and grandchildren in Nuuhiwa who are grieving here [there?] for their dearly beloved mother.

Mrs. Naomi Kekela was afflicted with a painful illness of the chest, and it is this pain that sapped her strength, and she went on the path of no return.

The Lord will ease His devout from sadness until He returns.


Waianae, Sept. 1, 1902.

(Kuokoa, 9/12/1902, p. 5)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XL, Helu 37, Aoao 5. Sepatemaba 12, 1902.