<![CDATA[jbkresearch.com - Blog]]>Mon, 20 Sep 2021 20:23:52 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[George "Jobo" Montgomery]]>Mon, 20 Sep 2021 15:07:31 GMThttp://jbkresearch.com/blog/george-jobo-montgomeryOur Dad was born on September 25, 1906 in Niumalu, Kauai, Hawaii.  His area of birth is near the Nawiliwili Harbor which can be seen as you are flying into the Lihue airport.  As the aircraft is banking to the right upon approach, you will see the harbor and just beyond that is the Niumalu area.  From what I remember of my Dad, he was a quiet guy, kind of a loner, worked for the City and County of Kauai (Road Crew), good throw net fisherman, lived a very simple life.
Dad was a very heavy smoker, generally he would use the tobacco from a small bag and roll it into the brown paper used in today's generation for pakalolo.  He was very good in rolling the cigarette with one hand, licking the edge of the paper then seal it.  I also saw him once adding a green substance with the tobacco before sealing it.  I think it may have been some additive that helped with his breathing because he had a bad case of Emphysema.  Like I said previously, he was a very simple guy, I never saw him angry, I remember when he disciplined me, it was very casual and soft, nothing harsh. 

He was a good throw net fisherman, knew the fishing areas in Anahola for certain kinds of fish that we wanted to eat.  He also would mend his own net when there were holes in it.  Generally, it would only take one throw to catch the kind of fish he was after.  If he caught more than he needed, he would share with the neighbors.

When he retired in 1959, I believe, he took a trip to Los Angeles where he visited Aunty Moki and I think Uncle Junius and Nane and their families.  It was in L.A. that he passed away on November 20, 1960 and laid to rest at the Westminster Cemetery.  Many years later, he was brought back home and buried next to his Dad, Mom, and siblings Hannah and Eddie in the Lihue C&C cemetery in Lihue, Kauai.

<![CDATA[Kahanu Info]]>Tue, 31 Aug 2021 04:00:00 GMThttp://jbkresearch.com/blog/kahanu-info I would like to share some information regarding our Mom, referred as Tutu from this point, about her parents and other relatives that may clear up some information that I learned while doing family research.  Her parents, William Alapai Kahanu (1880-1913) and Mary Kalua Hepa (1870-1909) had four children from this marriage.  Kaha (1900-Dec), William Alapai Kahanu (1901-1907), Elizabeth Holoaumoku Kahanu (1902-Dec), and then Tutu (1908-1993).  When Tutu was one year old, her Mom passed away.  When she turned five, her Dad died. 

From this point, research shows that she was listed under the family of David Kalauniuohua Kahanu (1877-1961) and Alice Kalaeionalani Miller (1875-1970).  David Kahanu was the brother of Tutu's Dad, thus I believe accounted for the placement of her name under his name.  The question here is what happened to her sister Elizabeth Kahanu.  I have not been able to find any information at this time.  Elizabeth should have been at least 11 or 12 years old.  I think research is justified to find out who took care of Tutu's sister, hopefully there is some information out there.

There is a four year gap at this time when research shows that on November 11, 1918, Elizabeth, at age 16, married Hosea Kaina Lovell Sr, age 19, in Anahola, Kauai. 

In June 2021, I met Nalani Kaneakua online who informed me that her Dad was Hosea Kaina Lovell Jr and her grandmother was Elizabeth Kahanu, Tutu's sister.  Nalani's dad and his family lived across the street from my Dad, so I was very familiar with that family.  In fact, Hosea Jr had two children at that time, Solomon Keala and Althea Kalei.  Hosea Jr and I are first cousins.  This meeting with Nalani brought me about as close to the Kahanu bloodline thus far.

Nalani also mentioned that she used to help Tutu clean limu and this relationship developed into one that Nalani learned a lot about the ways of the ocean from Tutu.  Nalani honored Tutu with a beautiful post that is shown at the top left when the Kahanu Ohana is opened. 

Ironically, Nalani and I have never met, other than online, since I was away in school at Kamehameha and other parts of the world in my later years.  Hopefully we will meet soon.

Nalani has been carrying on a tradition started by her father 30 years ago where limu is grown and studied in baskets in the ocean.  This tradition is shared with the youth who are interested in preserving the traditions of old.  I believe one of her websites is: Koolau Limu Project. She is also involved in several other projects to help protect the aina and other Hawaiiana subjects.