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Lucy Kaheiheimalie Kaopaulu K. Peabody

Cover Image: Masthead of Ka Hoku o Hawaii published on September 18, 1928.

Aloha Nūhou Monday!

Lucy Peabody, confidant and lady-in-waiting to Queen Emma, was the founder of today’s Kaʻahumanu Society.

The Henriques Collection in the Bishop Museum Archives consists of photographs, mele, letters, and memorabilia of the Henriques, Peabody, and Rooke families. Contributions come from Lucy Peabody as well as from her niece, Lucy K. Davis Henriques, and her husband, Edgar Henriques. The photo below is part of the Collection.

Image: Lahilahi Webb, “Hoomanao Aloha.” Ka Hoku o Hawaii, September 18, 1928, p. 4.

A Loving Remembrance

All of the Officers and Members of the Parent Kaʻahumanu Society, Number I of Honolulu, Oʻahu, give their great appreciation to the Junior Kaʻahumanu Societies from Hawaiʻi, great island of Keawe, and Kama’s Maui and Bays of Piʻilani, all the way to the island of Manokalanipō that snatches away the sun, for your joining in the grieving together, mourning together, and carrying the sadness that has befell upon us all together, for our President Lucy Kaheiheimalie Kaopaulu K. Peabody.

She has gone peacefully, leaving to sleep the sacred sleep of Niolopua, sleeping the sleep of summer and sleep of winter. With great regret and lamentation, for Kaʻala is heavy with tears of dew. The dew that moistens the lehua of Kanoenoe. A mist of love, a breath of the Waikōloa wind. Aloha. Aloha for the patient mother who has passed on. She felt aloha for all of her fellows.

It brings joy to her to see all of us within the embrace of a love and unity. Our joint voices in prayer ask of the heavenly powers to lighten the spirit of our dearly beloved president in the world beyond. May the love of God be with you until we meet once again.

Lahilahi Webb,
Secretary of the Kaʻahumanu Society of Honolulu

(Hoku o Hawaii, 9/18/1928, p. 4)

The article appearing in Ka Hoku o Hawaii seems to have a number of typographical errors. Luckily a similar article can be found in Ke Alakai o Hawaii, September 13, 1928, p. 1, which clears them up.

Image: Lucy K. Peabody seated at the dining room table of “the old cottage”; Nuʻuanu, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi. Henriques Collection, Bishop Museum Archives. SP 59349.

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This post is part of He Aupuni Palapala: Preserving and Digitizing the Hawaiian Language Newspapers, a partnership between Bishop Museum and Awaiaulu with assistance from Kamehameha Schools. Mahalo nui loa to Hawaii Tourism Authority for their support. Learn more about this project here.

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