|Birth: ||Mar., 1875|
|Death: ||Sep., 1917|
J.P. Alohikea Meets His Death
In common with a good many other Hawaiians, J. P. Alohikea, the well known harness maker and upholsterer of Lihue, went down to the shore Thursday evening to fish for ala-lau'a.
An experienced fisherman he went to that point on the rocky coast between the outer and inner lighthouse known as Pukaulua, a famous fishing hole, and was sitting there on the edge of the same when an unusually large swell rolled in and swept him off the narrow ledge of rock and into the boiling cauldron.
Thence the receeding surge carried him into the open sea. In the process he was doubtless more or less bruised and mangled so that he was unable to help himself effectively. William Hookano, who was near by, heard his call and tried to reach him with a long fishing rod, but in the fierce surge the bamboo was broken to fragments, and Hookano was warned of the futility of throwing himself into the sea to save his friend.
In the darkness and roar of the surge the unfortunate man was soon lost.
In Memoriam J.P. Alohikea
By accident a few days ago death took from our midst a more than usually capable and attractive Hawaiian who will be much missed in the community, in a business as well as social way.
The deceased was 46 years of age, born at Kaupo, Maui, where he spent his boyhood. He received his higher education at Lahainaluna, where he received also his bent toward mechanical interests as well as a measure of facility therein. There also his musical gifts were cultivated. He secured his trade training in Honolulu with the Schumann Carriage Co. and later with Pilipo.
He came to Kauai about 15 years ago, and was for many years in the employ of Mr. Rice as harness maker and upholsterer; for three or four years back he has been conducting an independent business of his own.
More even than most Hawaiians he had a very engaging personality,--dignified, courteous, genial and kindly, he commended himself to every one who [k]new him. In addition to this he was one of the very few Hawaiians who could conduct a business venture successfully, and make it pay, while giving satisfaction.
Mr. Alohikea was a man universally respected, a man of character, a strong man in the church, ready and helpful in all church matters.
Especially was he an indispensable factor in all song contests, concerts, hoikes etc since he was an excellent musician and a fine choir leader.
He leaves a widow and three daughters to mourn his loss.
[both articles appear on the same page of The Garden Island., September 11, 1917]
Alohikea's wife was Kaili and his three daughters were Alice, Rachel, and Charlotte.
Body lost at sea
Created by: Roselei
Record added: Oct 17, 2012
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