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Aloha to all the places my child stayed

This is part of a longer article written in the Hawaiian language newspapers by Mrs. Emma K. Fern, my great-great grandmother.  Her daughter Emma Lahela, was shot and killed by her 3rd husband Lui Hookano.  This article was translated by a friend of a descendent of Lui Hookano.  This snippet deals with all the places Emma Lahela stayed in her life....



My daughter was born at Kapaia Kauai, December 4, 1895, and died on March 4, 1924, a full thirty years and three months...

Oh Kaua'i, you will never agian see Emma, never again see her in your surging waves.
Alas, my child loved traveling to this place.

Oh Maunalua, perhaps you have seen my child Emma, going to the uplands of Kamilokapu, the beloved place my child stayed with my first-born, Mr. G. Kalauohe who had first come here.

Oh esteemed Kawaihoa, you will never again see Emma, at the water's edge of Maunalua, and likewise you, Kuli'ou'ou, will never again see her traveling to the water's edge of my beloved birth…

Pa-u Rider Pictures

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My great-great grandmother was known to be a pa-u rider in the parades.  I found a set of pictures of her, or which I thought was her, until I saw the date listed as June 11, 1900.  Well, if that date was right, she would be 8 months pregnant.  Would she be riding horseback pregnant?  So began my quest to find the 'correct' date of the pictures.  I ordered them from Bishop museum and the date given on the back is 1900-1910, but I've seen pictures from the set, dated besides June 11, 1900, dated before that.  The book I found it in said it was 1900, but that Princess Kaiulani was in them so it couldn't be 1900, because she died in 1899.  Previously research by cousin Connie concluded that it was probably between 1906-1909.  I also saw the guy in white in another picture dated 1907.  Then I found this book with a picture from the set, dated 1905.
Based on what everyone is wearing, the set of photographs looks like they were taken all on the same day and theres even a film…