Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Kohala Families

NOTES AND CORRECTIONS: The following article is from a column titled "Little Tales of Old Hawaii", that ran in the Star Bulletin in the 1950's, written by Clarice Taylor.  Her source is unknown.  Lincoln descendants and researchers have brought to my attention errors in this article, the biggest being the main person discussed, George Lincoln was really named Lorenzo Lincoln.  

From the book "Ancestors and Descendants of Nedabiah Lincoln, Sr., Volume I" by Albert J. Clarke II: "The eldest son Lorenzo born 1808 (from passport) left the area about 1833, arriving in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) in 1836.  He most certainly was the first Lincoln settler there.  He married  in 1839, had four sons and was divorced in 1858.  He died in 1866."  He list Lorenzo marrying Ka'aia Kuawalu (Kaaea in this article) on Jan. 19, 1839.  

Lorenzo's obituary appears at the end of this article.

The Hawaiian people of Kohala are all one big family, each of the old families claims relationship to the other.  Back in ancient days, the Kauai and Oahu alii claimed descent from the triplet sons of Laa-mai-kahiki's sons were born of three different wives.  They were called triplets because their births occurred on the same day.  The Kohala people claimed descent from a far more fabulous descent from a far more fabulous event.  Their ancestress was a chiefess named Kanoena who gave birth to ten children at one time and raised everyone of the ten to adult life. They were called Ka hanaumi-a-Kanoena, The ten children of Kanoena and expression became a family byword.  Even today, old time Hawaiians will meet each other and say, I'm a Kanoena to denote the fact that they come from Kohala.  This legendary multiple birth is indicative of the respect the Hawaiians had for large families and the joy they took in large numbers of children. 

Representatives of Hawaii off for St. Paul

~from the Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Wednesday, June 16, 1909.

Four delegates of the Christian Endeavor of the Territory of Hawaii, each representing an island, left on the Matson steamer Hilonian for the mainland yesterday, their destination being St. Paul, where they will attend the convention of the Christian Endeavorers. Those leaving were Rev. Moses K. Nakuina, president of the Christian Endeavor Society of the Territory, delegate from Hawaii; Judge William Werner, delegate from Kauai; ex-Judge Peter N. Kahokauluna, delegate from Maui, and Judge Archie S. Mahaulu, delegate from this island. A stay of five days will be made on the Coast,during which time the Hawaiian delegates may visit the convention of the C. E. organization in Pasadena. At the expiration of the five days they will, with three hundred other delegates from the State of California, board a special train en route to St. Paul, where the great meeting will be held. The St. Paul convention meets on July 7 and closes on the evening of July 12. The expenses of each of the Hawaiian delegates is borne by the members of the Christian Endeavor on the island which he represents. The delegates were given a great send-off down at the wharf yesterday morning just before the steamer sailed, being laden with leis.

Courthouse at Waialua Opened with Big Luau

October 20, 1913.

Between 150 and 175 residents of Waialua and vicinity and visitors from all parts of the island attended the big luau on Saturday that celebrated the opening of the new courthouse.  Many city officials motored down for the luau; in fact, the city hall was practically deserted all day.
Mayor Fern was toastmaster at the luau and confessed this morning that he called on everybody present, he believed, for a speech.  The quantity of food furnished the guests was enormous and all the visitors report a good time.  Judge Archie S. Mahaulu, the Waialua magistrate and well-known throughout the island, was one of the principal speakers and expressed the appreciation of the Waialua district residents for their new structure.
The luau took place in the hall near the courthouse, and there was a plan on foot to kidnap Deputy City and County Attorney P. L. Weaver so that he would miss the eating and the speeches.  He was enticed into a cell in the prison division of the courthouse and the lock was snapped.  However, the captors relented and let Deputy Weaver out with the impression that he had been accidently locked in.
Ewa’s new courthouse has been finished, and as soon as the yard is cleaned up and grassed, Ewa people are going to give a luau that they say will surpass that at Waialua.

Mayor’s Luau Great Success

Hawaiian Banquet Finds Ready Favor With Distinguished Guest.
~Pacific Commercial Advertiser, September 4, 1909.

Twelve hundred guests were entertained at the Hawaiian luau given at the Seaside last evening by Hon. Joseph J. Fern, Mayor of the City and County of Oahu in honor of the members of the Congressional party.  It was an elaborate spread and the novelty of the function appealed strongly to the Congressmen but being their first attempt to master the art of eating poi with fingers they ate sparingly of the Hawaiian delicacies.
The Mayor’s luau was probably the largest function of the kind attempted in many years and to the credit of the Mayor, it may be said that it was one of the most successful, for the imued pig and fish were placed warm in the coverings of ti leaves before the guest, numerous as they were.
The luau was given on the lawn beneath the trees between the hotel lanai and the seashore, a perfect location for such a function.  Electric lights in the trees with strings of flags and pennants of many hues formed a festive ensemble above the long tables, a dozen in number, which were laden with Hawaiian delicacies.  There were calabashes of poi, fish and pig in ti leaves, opihis, taro and sweet potato, kulolo and coconut dessert.  The tables were overspread with ti leaves and ferns.  A corps of young Hawaiian women, each wearing an ilima and maile lei over her holoku, attended to the wants of the army of guests, and everything passed off pleasantly.
At 7:30, the hour named for the luau to begin the dancing pavilion and the border of the lawn were crowded with guests.  At this time the Mayor and Mrs. Fern, Supervisor Logan and daughter, Secretary and Mrs. Rivenburgh, received the Congressmen in the lanai.  After all the guests had been seated at the tables other than the Mayor’s table, the Mayor led his special guests in and when all were seated the feast became a merry one.  The Hawaiian band stationed under the hau tree arbor played during the progress of the luau and a couple of flashlight pictures were taken of the festivities.
Following the luau a hula was given on the lanai which was of particular interest to the Congressional party, being the first they had ever seen.  The two young women giving the dance were attired in white blouses and red skirts with red anklets over their bare ankles.  The dances were given to gourd and chant accompainiments, and were generously applauded.
A quintet club furnished music for dancing which continued until almost midnight.
Among the distinguished guest besides the members of the Congressional party were United States Senator Dillingham who arrived on the Alemeda yesterday, Governor and Mrs. Frear, Secretary of the Territory Mott Smith, Captain Rees, U. S. N. ; Major Ray, U. S. A.; Major Dunning, U. S. A. ;Captain Marix, U. S. M. C., and Mrs. Marix, Paymaster and Mrs. Hornberger, government officials from all departments and a very large representation of townsfolk.

Court Beauties of Fifty Years Ago

By A. P. Taylor, Honolulu, Hawaii Territory, Sunday, June 12, 1910.

About half a century has passed since the glorious reign of Kamehameha IV and his beautiful consort, Queen Emma, days of court life which commanded the admiration of distinguished royal guests of foreign nations, days rises(?) a coterie of beautiful Hawaiian women comprised the train of the Queen(?), whose charm of manner and ease(?) caused many a heart-flutter among the foreigners who were guest of the monarch.  Of all that galaxy of Hawaiian beauty only two or three remain alive, and like the Empress Eugenie(?), the most beautiful woman atop(?) a European throne in her time, they too have become more or less obscure as time and politics have changed the trend of lives and careers.  Of all who were gathered about the throne of Kamehameha IV, only Queen Liliuokalani, Mrs. Nakuina and Mrs. Pratt remain alive.
The Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, great granddaughter of Kamehameha I, ranked next to her cousin, the Royal Princess Victoria Kamamalu, at the court.  Next came the High Chiefess Lydia Kamakaeha (afterwards Queen Liliuokalani).  Next came the High Chiefess Elizabeth Kekaaniau (Mrs. Pratt), then the High Chiefess Mary Ann Kinoole Pittman (Mrs. Ailau), then Miss Martha Swinton and Miss Nancy Sumner.
Miss Mary Ann Kinoole Pittman, court lady, was the third bridesmaid of Queen Emma, when she married Liholiho, Kamehameha IV, Princess Victoria being the first bridesmaid, and the High Chiefess Lydia Kamakaeha (Queen Liliuokalani) being the second.  Miss Pittman was considered a very beautiful girl, her complexion being marvelously clear.  She was a daughter of Benjamin Pittman, a capitalist, and her mother was the High Chiefess Kinoole, who with her sister Kahinu Beckley, were known as the Princesses of Hilo.  She was a court favorite.  The homes of her parents in Hilo and Honolulu were the centers of much social activity.  After Mrs. Pittman's death the family moved to Boston.  A brother, Benjamin Pittman, is a member of the firm of Hollinger & Co. 


Originally posted on: Friday, April 2, 2010

I’ve been researching my hawaiian side for so long, my haole side has been sadly neglected.  My mom is from Ohio and like my dad, not much genealogy was done in her family.  A few family legends have been passed down, mainly from mom’s aunt Georgia (my grandmas sister), the family story teller.  Georgia’s father Marion, was put in a boys home at age 8, when his mother died, along with his older brother William Henry Lee.  Their younger sister Ida, was given to distant relatives.  What happened to their father Carry Lee?  Well that was the main mystery.  He was such a big mystery we nicknamed him the ‘vapor’.  Aunt Georgia insisted he was related to General Robert E. Lee.  Well, after searching and searching for years, my mom and I came up empty looking for the ‘vapor’.  This past march, I decided to give it one more shot.  I searched and searched and it was about 1 in the morning and I felt I was close to discovering where Carry was and I told myself not to quit this time and then I figured it out.  It was a record we had come across before, but disregarded because it was a 1 yr old girl named Carey, but following the same family through the census, the 1yr old girl suddenly becomes a 12 year old boy, with brothers and sisters and a mother and father.  Amazing the vapor suddenly materialized! 

Was he related to Robert E. Lee?, well, yes he was related to a Robert E. Lee, an uncle who was named Elsworth Robert Lee, who just switched his names.  I felt bad for Aunt Georgia cause her daughters always teased her about her stories.  That myth squashed, I searched to find more about my newly discovered 3rd great grandparents, William & Eliza Lee.  They came from Pennsylvania and were part of the Society of Friends of Berks Co., otherwise known as Quakers.  Ah, that explains the funny looking outfit in the one photo passed down to my great grandfather.  I looked up the Quakers at wikipedia and this group at Oley Valley (now Exeter)., is also where Daniel Boone & Abraham Lincoln have ancestors from.  And according to, William’s mother was Mary Boone.  Not only did Williams father marry a woman named Mary Boone, but his own mother was named Mary Boone.  Wow.  So a William Lee marries Mary Boone and their son also named William Lee marries a woman named Mary Boone.  Following those Mary Boones, they are indeed related to Daniel Boone as cousins.  And following other lines I came across the name Sarah Lincoln, could she be related to President Lincoln?  Yes, she was his great grandaunt. 

Wow, so from a vapor I have ancestors related to a president and american folk hero, and the Lee family going all the way back to England.  I still need to find out what happened to Carry Lee, but I’d say it was pretty productive night for staying up till 2 in the morning.


I’ve been using this iweb blog for a couple a days now and I’m wondering if it’s any better than any other blog site out there?  I haven’t even run across iweb blogs anywhere on the web.  Does anyone use them?  Any serious blogger.  I find it convenient to use it, but I could learn to use something else I’m sure......

Things I like....
-Ease of use.

Things I don’t like...
-You can’t privatize selected entries.
-You can’t disable comments on selected entries.
-Blurb does not support ‘slurping’.

The thing I hate the most though, is how it’s set up for only a passive blogger.  Meaning a new person into blogging, but who most likely will make a few entries every now and then, then get bored and forget it.  It sort of reminds me of those cd racks (before ipods).  You would buy these little rack, shelf thingys to put your cd collection and most would hold like 10 or maybe 20, or more.  Their basically made for a passive music listener who listens to the same thing over and over, but if your a real music lover, forget it, their useless.  I have over 300 cds and what about expanding your collection?  Like your gonna fill up the rack and then that’s it.  You’ll never buy music again.

I do get certain products are clearly targeted toward a specific person, but honestly I can’t say who exactly that is.  For someone like me who’s been blogging on livejournal since about 2003, you become accustomed to certain things and an introduction to blogging experience that the iweb blog has, just won’t do. 

I’ll have to figure out where I want to take my blogging experience.

iWeb FAQ-Tutorials, Tips & Tricks.

There is Beauty at Kewalo

This is my second book in my genealogy series of books.  This volume includes all the research I’ve done on my great-great grandmother, Emma Fern, who is said to be the daughter of Queen Emma.  Although I haven’t found any conclusive evidence of this, I’ve gone ahead and included Queen Emma’s genealogy and relatives in the book.  I feel showing their pictures does show a family resemblance, but not everyone in my family is pleased that I’m saying these things.  They want conclusive proof, but where do I get it from?

The story in our family is that Queen Emma had a baby and that baby was put into hiding, for fear that it would be put to death.  This is also the same story told about King Kamehameha and Queen Kaahumanu.  The trouble comes because there are few records from the time of Emma Fern’s birth.  Also, if your in hiding, all your documents would reflect your foster parents, so what help would those be to me, I already know this information.  Simply put, short of a DNA test, I really don’t know how to prove it.

The title to the book is the first line in Emma Fern’s mele inoa or name chant.  Written by her grandmother, it tells of her birth at Kewalo.

Hawaiian Language policy

I don’t like diacritical markings in the Hawaiian language.  I know why their there, because you want people to pronounce the word correctly.  I get that.  But for me, I just prefer not to have them in the word.  I don’t know hawaiian fluently or even a beginners level, only what allot of hawaiian people would know growing up here, but I’ve read so many hawaiian language newspaper articles to know a few more then the average person.  I find I enjoy reading the old papers out-loud much more then I do reading the new hawaiian language articles they have in the Honolulu Advertiser or any new publication written in hawaiian and it’s only because of the okina’s.  Their just distracting.  Maybe if I were fluent I’d feel differently, I can’t say.  Those fluent in hawaiian don’t really say anything about it.  Seems to just be the instructors who make a fuss.  I also don’t use them in my own genealogy.  That’s mainly because when I did, I found I had duplicate entries of the same name only because the okina was in the wrong place.  I just don’t use them in surnames & especially the hawaiians with one name.  So that’s why you won’t find them used very often if at all in this blog.  I basically follow the policy set forth by the Council on Native Hawaiian Advancement, which I found on Edgy Lee’s facebook profile......

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Pepehi Kanaka (Murder)

The following English and Hawaiian language newspaper articles deal with the murder/suicide committed by my 3rd great grandfather, Samuel Sm...