Monday, April 8, 2013

George Kalauohe

George Kalauohe is an ancestor or a relative, but there's not enough information to place him in the family.  He is related somehow to my Great grandmother Emma K. Hiram Fern.  She mentions him in the kanikau* of her daugther Emma Lahela.  In it she writes "E Maunalua e, ike ae nei papa on i kuu lei ia Emma, ua hell auk la paha mauka o Kamilokapu e ike i kahi ana i holoholo ai, aloha kahi a kuu lei i noho ai me kuu hamaumua, Mr. G. Kalauohe, ua hele mua aku oia."  It was translated as "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."  So it seems it's her 1st born son right?  Well there's a couple problems with that.  The records I have found have all said Emma only had 9 children and George wasn't one of them.  Emma was born in 1872 and in 1898, there is a notice in the newspaper about trespassers being prosecuted in G. Kalauohe's fishing area.  If Emma had George at the earliest age of 14, he'd be about 12 years old in 1898, it's highly unlikely he'd be making that claim at that age.  I theorize that he is Emma's uncle and when she says first-born it's like the senior member in her family?  In the Hawaiian dictionary hanaumua is, n. First-born child, especially the eldest living member of the senior branch of a family; senior, older brother or sister.  So George could also be her older brother, but I haven't found any proof of that.  I also have not found any death or marriage records of any kind about G. Kalauohe.  In 1899 is the last time his name is mentioned in the newspaper.
My great-grandmother named her 1st born son George Kalauohe Ano.  The only other George Kalauohe I could find was on, he married Kapihi Kiiaweawe Kalauohi and they had one daughter, who married Mo'iha Mo'iha.  This is interesting because one of my genetic matches at 23andme has the surname MOIHA.

*kanikau. Dirge, lamentation, chant of mourning, lament; to chant, wail, mourn.  Ke Kanikau, The Lamentations (Biblical).

**kamilokapu.  This is a name not used anymore and I have yet to see it used in the past either.  The closest area to this is Kamilonui valley in Maunalua.

Found at
Honolulu, Hawaii Derectory, 1890 about George Kalauohe
Name: George Kalauohe
City: Honolulu
Occupation: Tailor
Location 2: Kulionou

Various newspaper articles found:

The following is the summary of races and purses won and stakes saved:
Sporting Purse $25
Billy Charlton--”John Bull”……………1
Kalauohe --”Kauau”…………………..2
D. Adams--”Hukaaka”…………………3
~The Hawaiian Gazette, June 15, 1881, page 3.
Article found on

Na Poe i Hookuuia.

                Eia malalo iho ka papainoa o na poe ohumu kipi i hoohuoi wale ia i pau nui i ka hookuuia:
            F. J. Testa (Hoke), Kale Kalaka, Hanale Ferene, Keo Ferene, Keo Aea, Kale Moloteno, Kale Dunwell (Dunewela), Akoni Rosa, Oliva Stilimana, J. W. L. Makuaea, W. F. Kaae, W. F. Renola, Keoni Kipili, a me Hanale Kipili, Papoko, Alani Maka, Pita Kalei, Ki Kila, Kaluahine, Nalei, Kauhai, Davida Paa, W. Paoo, Hale Talabota, Kaapuni, Hookiekie, Piipiilani, H. Kaaha, Olohia, Keaupuni, C. B. Maile, W. H. Kealakai, J. K. Kaulia, Keoni Likikini, W. H. Daniela, J. K. Kaunamano, F. Mahuka, G. C. Kenyon (Keniona), Manuela Risi, Keoki Makamu, G. Kipa, W. Mosemana, Haui, Kaohiwaena, Kalauohe, W. Keliinoi, Waha, R. Napunako Boide, J. Makahi, Moepali, Waianae, Bila, D. Koii, G. K. Kaia, Joe Heleluhe, E. Nore, E. B. Tomasi, Kalauohi, W. Opunui, Makia, Lamalu, S. Luahine, Hanale Wese, Haiela Kapu, Kini, D. Analuhi, Kawohilani, Hale Pinao, J. K. Penikalaka, Manuela Siliva, Unauna, Apelahama Fenana, Keamalu, J. Paoakalani, Kihi, Kaina, Kupono, Hanale Pua, Kahue, Kanekoa, Kaanapu, Kiao, Paiaina, S. K. Pua, J. S. Walker (Woka), Kapeliela, T. W. Rolina, Kapena Loke, Halawale, W. H. Kapu, a me kekahi poe e ae.
            Ua hiki i ka 350 oi aku a emi paha ka nui o na poe i hopuia mai na poe i hele e hana i Laeahi a i na poe i hopuia ma ke ano hoohuoi. He poe Pake kekahi i hopuhopuia. Aloha no paha.

~Ka Makaainana, Vol. 3, No. 3, March 24, 1895 page 6.

*Paiaina, is a name found on the 1920 census with Makea Napahi & Haole Napahi, who are mentioned in the Emma Lahela article as “Mr & Mrs Makea Paao”.  Makea Paao and Napahi Haole married in 1918.
Lawrence L. Paiaina is the head of household and Makea and Haole are his aunt & uncle.
Delinquent Tax List, 1896.
First Division, Island of Oahu, District of Kona.
509 Kalauohe, Geo.       $8 20
~The Hawaiian Star, April 2, 1897, page 7.
Notice is hereby given that fishing is strictly prohibited in the fishing right of Kalua, beginning at Kawaihoa and extending to the boundary of Kulionou, No. 1, Island of Oahu, excepting those who have the right.  Trespassers will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Maunalua, January 25, 1898.
~The Hawaiian Star, January 27, 1898, page 5.
452 Kalauohe, Geo. ………$8 40
~The Hawaiian Gazette, February 7, 1899, page 9.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Emmeline & Ethel

Here is an obit for my great granduncle....
HAIKU, JAMES LOUIS, 57, of 3247 Kaunaoa St., born in Honolulu, March 18, 1890, died in Honolulu, May  5, Friends may call at AKANA’S NUUANU FUNERAL PARLORS from 6 to 9 p.m. , Today, May 6, and after 8 a.m. , Wed., May 7.  Services, 1:15 p.m., Wed. at the chapel of the mortuary under the auspices of the Pentecostal Gospel.  Procession leaves at 2 p.m. for burial in the Diamond Head Memorial Park.  Survived by son, Antonio Haiku; stepson, Thomas Fern; daughter, Mrs. Julia Shilhan; 2 stepdaughters, Mrs. Beatrice Kahoiwai and Mrs. Amy Cruz; 11 grandchildren; 2 sisters, Emmaline and Ethel.  He was a City & County Gov’t employee.

In it, it mentions 2 sisters, Emmaline and Ethel.  So for years and years, we've been searching for these two, but without surnames, it very difficult to find them.  The break came when the 1940 census was released and we found James Louis Haiku age 52, living as a lodger with Charles Atkins age 34, head of household and his wife Emmeline age 39 on Waimanu St., Honolulu.  Could this be his sister?  If so why is he a lodger?  So the next step was to find Emmeline in the other census and look her up on the standard places, ulukau, ancestry, etc...

Records I found:
1930 census there is a Emmaline Kaina, age 28, birthplace Utah, daughter of Nellie Halemann (HOH).  A boarder named Charles Atkens age 22 also lives with them.  Estimated birth year:1902.  Two daughters Henrietta Kaina (9) and Matilda Kaina (8).
Found no Emmaline Alohikea in the 1910 or 1920 census.

Family search "Hawaii, Births and Christenings, 1852-1933"
Emma Alohikea b. 11 Aug. 1902, (Honolulu) Kona, Oahu
Fathers name: W. E. Alohikea
Mother's name: Kaluiumi
(James Louis Haiku named his 1st son Jimmy Alohikea), there is a marriage of David K. Kaina to Emmaline Alohikea, 3-18-1922, Koolauloa, Oahu.  James Haiku was born in Koolauloa and Henrietta & Matilda Kaina's birthdates are around that time.

Still searching for Ethel...

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Conflicting dates: Samuel Silva

Cousin Connie recently brought to my attention the World War I registration card of our Great Granduncle, Samuel Antone Sabino Silva.  On it he states he was born Oct. 11, 1889.  I have him being born Oct. 11, 1892.  Which one is it?

His dates:

-1910 census, Cummins St., he is 17, living with his sister Rebecca and her husband Obed Kaai, the head of household.  Estimated birth year: 1893.  Him, his sister and nieces are noted as 'Chinese', but this is wrong.  CH is caucasian/hawaiian in the Hawaii census, but CH is Chinese in the US census.

-31 Jul 1917-World War I registration card he states he was born Oct. 11, 1889 (28 yrs)

-11 Oct 1917-Marriage certificate of Samuel Silva to Esther Kaialiilii, he is age 24, estimated birth year 1893.

-1920 census (he appears twice).
1) With step father Joseph James Fern & family, he is age 28, estimated birth year 1892.
2) As head of household, he is age 31, estimated birth year 1889.

-8 Aug 1928, voter application.  Samuel Silva of 3511 Hinahina St., age 38, born Oct. 11, 1889.

-1930 census, 3511 Hinahina St, Oahu, he is head of household, age 41.  Estimated birth year: 1889.

-3 Feb 1936-Obituary states he was born Oct. 11, 1892.  Death certificate states date of birth, Oct. 11, 1892.  Informant:Mrs. Emma K. Fern of 3450 Hardesty St., his mother.

It's interesting that when Samuel is the informant of his own birthdate, he's pretty consistent with the year 1889, but when it's someone else informing on his birthdate, it's consistently 1892 or 1893.  Only on his marriage certificate in 1917, where you think he's the informant to his own age, he states he is 24, but hold on.  The license to marry was issued by Palmer P. Woods, who was at the time the personal secretary of Joseph James Fern, (mayor of Honolulu), the step father of Samuel Silva.  Was Palmer the informant on the marriage certificate, having personal knowledge of the family?  Samuel Silva being the stepson of the Mayor of Honolulu, did he even have to appear in person to fill out the license to marry on May 14, 1917 like the general public?  Could Palmer just have gotten the information from Joe Fern?  If Samuel was really born in 1889, what would be the purpose for the others to have him be younger?  Besides the draft registration what would be the advantage of appearing older?  Did four years really make a difference on the draft anyway?

Still so many questions.

Samuel Silva in 1920.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sunday's Obituary: Uncle Archie

My uncle Archie was my grandmother's brother.  His obituary....

Jan. 13, 2013
Archibald Kaleiheana Mahaulu, 93, of Kaneohe, a retired city supplies clerk supervisor, died at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by hanai sons Christopher R., Harold W., Allan G. and Jeffrey B. Ano and Brad Harris; and hanai daughter Mimi Harris. Private services

More about uncle...
He was Archibald Kaleiheana Mahaulu, born December 5, 1919, Honolulu, Oahu.  The only son of Paul & Jane (Hoke) Mahaulu.  His sisters were Jane, Marion (my grandma), Etta and Millie.  He also had another brother Harold and sister Elaine that died in infancy.  He was never married, but my grandmother told my dad he had one son somewhere out there, name unknown.  He served in World War II, but I don't know anything about his time in the service.  In his later life, he lived in a series of vacation homes, where he lived rent free in exchange for upkeep of the homes.  Here on the beaches of Oahu, he made friends with many Canadian tourist, who became lifetime friends.  This mysterious bunch is only known as 'the Canadians'.  At parties, someone would always announce upon their arrival, "The Canadians are here!".
I don't know exactly when he started living with the Harris', but this couple took care of him till the end of his life.  My father said that in the obituary, the newspaper stated that, you could only list immediate family, so the Harris' are listed as hanai (foster) children as well as my father and his three brothers are listed as hanai sons.  He was closet to my father and his three brothers, his four nephews, so in addition to those four, there are 5 more nephews and 5 nieces that survive him.
Uncle Archie in front with leis around his neck, the Canadians and some family.
Uncle Archie in uniform. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Ea O Ka Aina

Mahalo to Kalani Mondoy, for bringing this great resource to our attention!  Links of the ahupua'a for google Earth.  All the Islands....

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Iphoto has a neat facial recognition feature called "faces".  The faces feature searches all the pictures and detects the faces.  You assign a name to a detected face.  Once you've assigned names to a few faces, iPhoto will learn from your input and try to put names to faces on it's own.  Going to the faces pane, you get a corkboard with entries for every person you've identified so far.  Double clicking on a person will take you to two areas.  The top includes all the photos of the person you've identified and beneath a gray bar are other people iPhoto suspects may be the same person.  It's interesting to see what iPhoto guesses.  Bicycle wheels and pizzas are two of the more unusual guesses, but for the most part it guesses very similar looking people.  So I identified the woman on the left as Emele Kaaukai Wright and iPhoto guessed the woman on the right as Emele, along with several other people.  The one on the right is from a photo of a group of hula dancers.  I'm guessing, but I'd say around 1870's?  The one on the left, she looks to be about 10 yrs older, more or less.

Pepehi Kanaka (Murder)

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