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. 

Pepehi Kanaka (Murder)

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