Death of Frank Pahia, 1923.



At 4 o’clock on Thursday afternoon past, the messenger of death visited the home of Frank Pahia, an important Hawaiian, who carried out the work of the people for half a century, and [the messenger of death] took his life breath and left his cold body, the dust returning to dust at the cemetery of the Hawaiian church in Kaneohe, after he was sick for a short time.

He was born in Kukuipahu, Kohala, Hawaii, on the 1st of January, 1847, and at his rest, he was 76 years old and a few days over. He became a widower six years ago, and he left behind three children, Mrs. William Henry, the widow of the first Sheriff of the Territory; William Henry; Henry Pahia, a surveyor; and John I. Pahia, a watchman for the lighthouse.

Frank Pahia was highly educated at the schools of Kohala, here in Honolulu, and finally at the college of Lahainaluna, the school famous in that time as the Light not extinguished by the Kauaula wind.

Frank Pahia held many government jobs outside of his regular vocation of surveyor; he was the deputy sheriff of Hawaii at Hilo, and when he returned to Oahu nei, the was deputy sheriff for 16 years for here in the district of Koolaupoko. He was one of the members of the legislature in the time of the Monarchy for two seasons.

Heeia is where he lived the last days of his life. In 1916, his partner left him and he lived alone until his death.

While he held all sorts of positions, he carried out his duties with impartially and righteously; there was seen at all any blemishes in his work in all the positions he held.

He was kind and had an open heart, and he was a redeemer for the people of this land, and a parental figure for the district in which he lived.

(Kuokoa, 1/11/1923, p. 3)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLII, Helu 2, Aoao 3. Ianuari 11, 1923.

Hawaiians slighted? 1914.


Honolulu, Apr. 17—We hear from the word that is buzzing on the streets that Palmer Woods [Pama Woods] has been selected as Land Commissioner [Lunaaina] for the Territory of Hawaii in place of Joshua D. Tucker [Iosua D. Tucker], and Sheriff Jarrett [Makai nui Jarrett] in place of High Sheriff Henry [Makai Kiekie Hanale]. The reason for this decision by the Governor to select Palmer Woods for this position was because of the objection by the United States Attorney from Tennessee to select a Hawaiian in a position under the Federal Government, although the Governor wanted to appoint Palmer Woods as Marshall [Ilamuku] in place of Hendry. The people of the state of Tennessee are infamous for their contempt of people of dark skin, and perhaps that is one reason that place does not desire Native Hawaiians. Through this we should recognize the nature of the Democrats in America, as this sort of action creeps all the way here to Hawaii nei.

[For some reason, the first 11 and a half years of Hoku o Hawaii (including the issue in which you can find this article) is not available yet online!]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 4/23/1914, p. 3)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke 8, Helu 46, Aoao 3. Aperila 23, 1914.