Leila L. Haiku-Tombstone Tuesday
This picture was taken by Geoff Stafford, who volunteers his time and taking pictures of gravesites on the Big Island.
Lihue, Kauai, March 1 (by Radiophone). - A 22 year-old waitress who spent last night her favorite way - dancing at a nightclub - was killed today when the car she was driving hit an embankment and turned over on Wilcox Road in Nawiliwili, Kauai. Police identified the woman as Leila Haiku, of Hanamaulu, a waitress at the Coco-Palm Lodge at Wailua. Her death leaves her daughter, Lynn, 5 an orphan. She worked on the 5 p.m. to midnight shift. The accident happened about 6 a.m. near the Nawiliwili bulk Sugar Plant, police said. They did not know where she was headed for. They said Miss Haiku had just turned a curve when her car apparently swerved across the road and glance off a dirt embankment. Police said the car turned over several times and landed on its roof about 100 feet away from where it hit the embankment. Miss Haiku was thrown out of the car. Police said she apparently died instantly. She was pronounced dead upon arrival at Wilcox Hospital. Surviving is a brother, Antone. The traffic death was the third on Kauai this year. According to her girl friend, Lihue Alexander, also an employee of the Lodge, they both went night clubbing until about 2 a.m. this moring. Miss Alexander said Miss Haiku “really enjoyed dancing . She was happy-go-lucky and was well-liked by everyone.” Shocked at hearing about the tragedy, Miss Alexander said a good part of last night, both of them discussed plans to fix up a new apartment they were to move into shortly in Lihue.~March 1, 1956, Honolulu Star-Bulletin.