Strange report, 1902.

David Kanewanui, of the editorial staff of the Kuokoa, accidently shot himself last evening while handling a revolver which he didn’t know was loaded. The ball entered his cheek, so it is reported, and is now lodged in the back of his head, and to probe it at present is very much feared.

[It is best to check all sources and not to rely on just one article!]

(Independent, 5/7/1902, p. 3)

David Kanewanui...

The Independent, Volume XIV, Number 2201, Page 3. May 7, 1902.

Please don’t play with firearms. Who knows what far-reaching effects it may have! 1902.


Because of a tragic accident of circumstance, the editor of this paper has been struck by misfortune, at the hands of one of his friends, Dan Io, on the evening of this Tuesday, at the club house of the boys of Kamehameha on Fort Street. The first report received by this office, the pistol bullet just grazed his cheek, and the injuries sustained were not that severe, but he was nonetheless taken to the hospital.

According to the latest report received by this office yesterday morning, it stated that the injuries sustained by Mr. David Kanewanui were very severe. Doctors Taylor and Wayson searched for the bullet that hit Mr. Kanewanui in the cheek, while progressing carefully, however they did not find a trace. This bullet hit the cheek bone, and perhaps travelled behind the head.

While David Kanewanui was enjoying his time with his friends, on the evening of Tuesday, May 6th, at the Boys’ Club of Kamehameha School on Fort Street; the gun with the evil bullet was being played with. Mr. Kanewanui entered from another room, and soon thereafter, this Mr. Io shot, but the gun did not fire. After David stepped outside, this Mr. Io aimed that gun that did not fire, but the strange thing is that the gun did fire, and David Kanewanui was shot by a bullet from the pistol.

Mr. Kanewanui stated that this shooting was not malicious, but it was an unexpected accident; therefore, that gentleman to whom belonged this evil lead, was saved. Mr. Kanewanui will perhaps spend ten days in the hospital, whereupon he will return once again to this office.

(Kuokoa, 5/9/1902, p. 6)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XL, Helu 19, Aoao 6. Mei 9, 1902.

Newlyweds, 1913.

Mistakenly Shot His Wife with a Gun

Because he mistook his wife to be a robber, Sam Aki, an engineer for the steam engine of the Pioneer Mill in Lahaina, shot his wife by mistake, and the bullet pierced her body although it is believed that she is not facing danger and will escape death.

This shooting by mistake took place this past week. The wife woke up to pull down the window while it was raining, and that is when she was mistaken for a thief, like what is being heard; but to his surprise, it was his own wife.

The woman is twenty-one years old, and they have been married for only seventeen months.

(Kuokoa, 10/17/1913, p. 1)



Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LI, Helu 41, Aoao 1. Okatoba 17, 1913.