|Birth: ||Mar. 4, 1890|
|Death: ||Jun., 1910|
Brooding over being separated from his wife who would have secured her divorce from him on the grounds of non-support this morning, if she had lived, caused John Aki, an employee of J. Hopp & Company, to fire three shots which instantly killed his wife Hattie, the murderer then turning the gun on himself and blowing out his brains. The double tragedy took place a little after six thirty on the road leading up to Punchbowl from Summit lane.
The unfortunate woman was the daughter of John McCarthy and Louika Kalauawa, having been born on March 4, 1890. John Aki, was, according to friends, about twenty-two years old, having been in Hopp's employ for some time. Three years ago the mismated couple were married, two children, a girl of two and a boy of one, being the result of the union.
The woman, who has been living with her grandparents, Kekiokalani and Kalauawa since her marriage, was on her way to see them this morning before going to court, when she met her husband who asked where the children were. Hattie replied that they were at home, and before she had a chance to say another word, Aki whipped out an Iver-Johnson 38 caliber revolver and fired three shots in rapid succession which took effect, one entering the right breast and two at the base of the skull. As soon as he had fired the last shot at his wife, he placed the gun at the front of his head over the right eye and blew his own brains out.
When the police arrived they found the body of the man across the woman, with blood trickling from the hole the single shot had made that ended his life. Mrs. Needham, who lives at the corner of the land where the double tragedy too place, states that Aki had been talking to her for several minutes before his wife came up the land, from the Emma street car. "Aki was in good spirits when he was talking to me," Mrs. Needham said, "and did not seem to have any idea of committing such a terrible crime a few minutes later."
One of the dead woman's relatives, who arrived on the scene a little before nine o'clock, stated that Aki had never supported his wife from the day they were married, and that his brother had supported the two children of the dead couple.
Deputy Sheriff Rose was advised of the tragedy at his home a little after eight o'clock, and arrived shortly before nine. A coroner's jury was immediately sworn, the inquest to be held tonight at seven thirty in the sheriff's office at the police station.
The bodies were removed to the morgue and will be buried this afternoon.
[The Hawaiian Star, 9Jun1910, 2nd EDITION]
Haleaka "Hattie" Kalauawa and John Aki were married on 9Mar1907 in Honolulu. Their two children were Lani (May1907-Jan1991) and Edward Kaluna (Nov1908-Aug1963).
Note: volunteer contributor (Steve Bear) searched State death records which indicate Haleaka was buried in Puea in Kahili. There are Aki family plots in Puea, but, Haleaka's burial location cannot be found.
Created by: Roselei
Record added: Oct 17, 2012
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