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Rev John A Waiamau

Rev John A Waiamau

Niulii, Hawaii County, Hawaii, USA
Death 23 Sep 1901 (aged 63)
Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Burial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
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Rev. John Waiamau.

On Monday, the 23rd day of Sept., after a long season of feebleness, died Rev. John Waiamau, who has been easily one of the first men of the native ministry.

He was born in Niulii, Kohala, Sept. 26, 1837, was a pupil of Rev. Elias Bond, also of Rev. D. B. Lyman, and later he attended Lahainaluna and was under Revs. J. F. Pogue and C. B. Andrews. He was a member of the famous class which graduated Revs. O. Nawahine, A. Pali, H. Manase, W. N. Lono and others. He took his theological course with Father Alexander at Wailuku and the men mentioned above were with him. He was settled at Lihue, Kauai, March 15th, 1865, later at Kailua, Hawaii, and finally, in 1884, at Kaumakapili, in this city, where he was pastor till the end of the year 1896.

Few men have exercised a wider influence over the churches than Mr. Waiamau. He was a wise man and had a noble presence and an effective address. His manner was kindly and he was loved by his brethren.

He was especially effective in council. When some knotty, difficult question was being discussed and everything was in a snarl, he would rise and state the case with such dispassionate clearness as to carry conviction to the most prejudiced of his brethren.

Last July the pastor at the leper settlement was in the city on a leave of absence, and it happened that he was delayed in his return. In excusing himself he said, among other things, that he was staying with Mr. Waiamau and he was getting such help from him by way of counsel and instruction in matters of church government that he fain would prolong his stay.

Mr. Waiamau was once unpleasantly under the influence of King Kalakaua, but he saw his mistake and draw back in time to save himself. No man felt more keenly than he the issues of the day and he forgot himself in his desire to serve the people. He was a patriot and reformer and stood for clean government.

We loved him for his goodness as well as for his wit, his wisdom, and gracious personal qualities.

Mr. Waiamau was happy in his home life. He was blessed with a companion who was helpful in his ministry and who made his home-life happy. He was the father of fourteen children, six of whom are living and some of them possessed of families of their own.

[The Friend, Volume 59, Number 10, 1 October 1901; made available online by Mission House Museum, accessed 11-3-2012]

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 100120046
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rev John A Waiamau (26 Sep 1837–23 Sep 1901), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100120046, citing Kawaiahao Church Cemetery, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Roselei (contributor 47673030) .