Niulii Cemetery, Kohala, Hawaii

The Niuli'i Cemetery is located just past the small village of Hawi towards the Pololu Valley Lookout on the North Kohala coastline of the Big Island of Hawaii. It is known as the LDS Cemetery by local citizens. All pictures were taken by myself in 2002 while on a visit home except those indicated that were taken by Geoff Stafford of Waimea. They are in alphabetical order and since many are related, numbered so you can follow the relationships easier. Corrections and additional information: Email Susan for more Hawaii cemetery information or visit

The directory with names of those interned was a special project Brent Kamaka Cornillez designed and built for his eagle scout project in 1994. Those who are buried there are his family and comprise several generations. His great great grandparents are buried there. The cemetery and surrounding property is where the old LDS (Mormon) chapel once stood. It was owned by the Mormon church as far back as the late 1800's. The property is now privately owned and maintained by the living descendents. Another interesting note are the numbered grave sites. When he started the project, most of the graves did not have markers or numbers. He had many of his kupuna's assist us in locating the unmarked grave sites. He then made cement grave markers for the unmarked graves and numbered all of the sites for the directory. He believes there may be a few grave site that are forgotten. Likewise, there are a couple of graves he doesn't know who is buried there. The list you see is maintained by his mother. It took many months to complete the project. It was a labor of love for the entire family.

Victoria Agnes Pilipi Ah Sam
Feb 14 1918 - Apr 22 1968

Born at Waiakupuka, near Pololu Valley, North Kohala, Hawaii

Parents : Hune Kahoomana Phillip and Rosalia Lono Kealakaa(21)

Victoria married Ah-You You Ah Sam on Oct 3 1936 in Honomakau, Kohala, Hawaii - he died Jun 9 1981 (buried in Hawi County Cemetery) and was the son of Sam Choy Mock (b.Jul 1870 in China) and Mary Kapoeokeolani Kupuka'a - see (32)


John Waikane Cabrera
Dec 8 1940 - Jun 23 1966

Parents: Isabelo Louis Cabrera (1911 - 1955 Asingan Pangasit, Philippines) and Thelma Kaupena Pule (1911 - 1990 Niuli'i, Kohala, Hawaii, buried at Hawi County Cemetery) - they married Dec 11 1937

After living with my husband's family in Honolulu for a short while, Johnnie began tour of duty in Viet Nam on Jan 18 1966 and was killed by hostile action.


Antone Caldeira
Dec 9 1868 - Jul 19 1951

Born in Ilha Da Madeira, Funchal, Portugal

Married: Francisca, also from Ilha Da Madeira, Funchal, Portugal
Children: Blanche, Edward, Clarence

Married: Mary Kuapuu (daughter of Manuela Kuapuu and Kahalemanu Kainaina) on Jul 26 1926

Antone was 31 when he came to Hawaii and he worked as a locomotive engineer for the railroad company. He was quite fair with blond hair and blue eyes

Parents: Antone and Marianna Caldeira


Clement Cazimero
Feb 25 1936 - May 6 1943

Father: Samuel Kakalia Kupuka'a
Mother: Kamakahoohie Puou


Manuel Cazimero
Jun 23, 1940 - Apr 10, 1969

Parents: Antone Cazimero and Lillian Yamamoto

Manuel was training on the Sugar plantation to drive a cane truck.

Wife: Estelle Children: Rocklyn, Tracey and Lance Aaron Cazimero


Thelma Pule Holeso
Sep 20 1933 - Dec 18 1996

Parents: Akoni Pule (26) and Sarah Kekelaokalani Moku (28)

Obituary: Thelma K.P. “Ala” Holeso, 63, of Riverside, Calif., a native of Kohala, Hawaii and a retired Mauna Kea Beach Hotel activities director, died Dec. 18 in Riverside, Calif. Survived by husband Samson K.; sons Randall Pule and Ainsley, triplets: Sterling, Samson and Steven Holeso; daughters Dallas Kuhaiki, JanLuella DeRego and Sherleen Olsen; brother Allen Pule; sisters Rose Lindsey, Margaret Kaoo, Lena Kapeliela and Sarah Pule; 16 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Service: noon Monday, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Call from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Dallas and Ricky Kuhaiki’s home on Hawi Road, above Nakahara Store, and after 8 a.m. Monday at the church. Burial: Old Niuli'i Cemetery. Casual attire.


Samuel Kaliko
Oct 14 1866 - May 30 1951

In the 1920 Federal Census, Samuel was living in Niuli'i with his wife, Keliikauahole, and worked on the Sugar Plantation


Bernard Paahao Kapeliela
Jun 15 1936 - Jun 18 2002

A classmate of my father-in-law

Obituary: Bernard Paahao Kapeliela, 66, of Kohala, Hawaii, a truck driver and mechanic and a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard, died Tuesday in Kohala Hospital. He was born in Kohala, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Lena H.P.; sons Kenneth, Darryl, Helaman and Hansen; daughter Bernadette Lajala; brothers Gabriel and Allen; sisters Glannie Ayoso and Amy Cazimero; 21 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Services: 1 p.m. Monday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Call after 9 a.m. Burial to follow at Niuli'i Cemetery, Kohala. Casual attire. Flowers are welcome.


Dorothy Kaleiolono Kapeliela
Mar 14 1925 - Jun 8 1942

Parents: Gabriel Kaanaana Kapeliela and Mary Ah Kui

Husband: Hiram Cazimero (1926 - 1962, son of Antone Cazimero and Maggie Kamaka Hoohie Kupuka'a)


Kamaile Kapeliela
May 21 1888 - Nov 28 1967

Parents: Kiei Kapeliela and Kahookano Keliipalaualelo

Kamaile was born in Makapala, Kohala, Hawaii and in the 1910 Federal Census was living in Niuli'i

Spouse: Okino Hirashima (1909 - 1947)


Mary K. Akui Kapeliela
Sep 8 1895 - Sep 9 1973

Spouse: Gabriel Kapeliela - married Sep 28 1917

In the 1920 Federal Census, Mary was living in Kapaau, North Kohala, Hawaii and is listed as the adopted daugher of Robert K. Naipo


Mary Joaquin Soares Kapeliela
May 7 1882 - Sep 12 1940

Born in Makapala, Kohala, Hawaii

Parents: Joaquin Soares (buried Hoea Cemetery) and Kamahea Wi

Spouse: Solomon Kaanaana Kapeliela (14) (1875 - 1945) - married Sep 21 1896 at Waimea, South Kohala, Hawaii


Shirley Kapeliela
Sep 1 1939 - Jun 28 1940

May have been born in Kalaupapa, Maui

Parents: Solomon Kaanaana Kapeliela Jr and Violet Kaeha Kapeliela


Solomon Kaanaana Kapeliela Sr.
Sep 18 1875 - Aug 16 1945

Wife: Mary Joaquin Soares (12)
Children: Ipio, Solomon, Kamahea, Kahoonano, and Kaaihue

In the 1910 Federal Census, his family lived in Makapala and he worked on the sugar plantation


Kahele Kekaauwi
May 4 1884 - May 27 1941


Kahookano Keliipalaualeo


Rachel H. Munro
Dec 20 1915 - Apr 10 1968


Antonette K. Nahinu
Oct 2 1958

Parents: John K. Nahinu and Lillian K Cazimero
Her siblings, in order of birth:
Johnette K.M. Nahinu (Emeliano) passed on April 4th, 1993
Ivy M.K. Nahinu passed in Sept. 1959
Paul K Nahinu
Karen M. (Keala) Nahinu (Medeiros)
Aloma (Napua) Nahinu (Bower)
Joy (Kamila) Nahinu (Akima).


Kenichi Okimoto
Feb 28 1920 - Jan 5 1965

Born: Puakea, Kohala, Hawaii

Parents: Tsuneichi Okimoto and Ume


Hazel Nahea Pae
Jan 5 1922 - Aug 2 1922

Parents: Nahea Pae and Kamahea Kapeliela


Rosalia Lono Phillip
Feb 1 1901 - Mar 5 1974

Spouse: Hune Kahoomana Phillip

Mother of Victoria Agnes Pilipi Ah Sam (1)


Mary K. Poliahu
Sep 23 1919 - Jun 25 1974


William Poliahu
Jul 5 1868 - Dec 22 1946

Born: Kawaihae, Hawaii and died: Kapaau, Kohala, Hawaii

Spouse: Kamaile Makuaole Keohuhu (1878 - 1924 and buried in Wailuku, Maui) - married Sep 5 1896 at the Parsonage Of Union Foreign Church, North Kohala District, Hawaii, Hawaii


Farrell McKay Pugmire
Jan 15 1945 - Jul 27 1974

Born in Hilo, Hawaii

Father: Lavon McKay Pugmire of Midvale, Salt Lake, Utah (1919 - 1991 -buried Hawi County Cemetery)
Mother: Louisa Lois Yamamoto of Makapala, Kohala, Hawaii

Brother to Leilani and Luana (her profile was used for the Hawaiian Airlines logo)

Family member, Denney Pugmire wrote: Farrell was named for his father's brother, Farrell. He died so young and it was heart-breaking for everyone. At one time his father, Lavon, was stationed at the lighthouse on the Kohala Coast of the Big island of Hawaii. While stationed there, he attended the Church in Kohala and met Lois Yamamoto, a native Hawaiian girl. They fell in love and were married. While living in Kohala, his job was as a superintendent of a sugar plantation, the Kohala Sugar Company, and he worked there until his retirement.


Daniel Puhipuhi
Oct 1914 - 1917


Representative Akoni Pule
Sep 5 1906 - Feb 20 1971

Akoni Pule highway on the Big Island is named after him

The 1930 Federal Census has him living in North Kohala with wife Sarah (28) and daughters, Sarah (29) and Rose and working as a laborer on the sugar plantation


Cleone Solomon Cox "Kake" Pule Sr.
Jan 15 1921 - Apr 6 1975

Brother of Representative Akoni Pule (26)

The 1930 Federal Census has him living in North Kohala with parents Solomon Pule (30) and Margaret Kahalaopuna Akoni-Pedro. Also with them is his sister, Kupena and brother, Daynes Waipunaokaha (1919-1989 - buried Hawi County Cemetery)


Sarah Kekelaokalani Moku Pule
Apr 24 1900 - Jun 22 1992 (census records show that she was born in 1906 not 1900)

Parents: Samuel Hiu Moku and Sarah Kekelaokalani Popoki

Spouse: - Akoni Pule (26) married Feb 14 1925


Sarah Kekelaokalani Pule
1925 - 1955

Daughter of Akoni Pule (26) and Sarah Kekelaokalani Moku Pule (28)


Solomon Kaliihanapule Baker Pule
Apr 22 1878 - Mar 24 1969

Spouse: Margaret Kahalaopuna Akoni-Pedro (1882 - 1934) - married Jun 12 1904 Niuli'i, Hawaii, Hawaii

Father of Akoni (26) and Kake (27) Pule

In 1920 the Federal Census shows him living in Makapala, North Kohala with wife and sons, Akoni and Daynes and daughter, Kupena working as a laborer with road works


Suse Soares Sr.
Jun 26 1896 - Aug 29 1968

The 1920 Federal Census show him living in Niuli'i with wife Annie Kekaula and adopted daugher Martha Nakia and working as a laborer with the road works

However, the 1930 Federal Census shows he was an inmate at the Oahu Prison, Honolulu, Hawaii while sons, Suse and George boarded with Heloki Mookini's family in North Kohala, Hawaii but records list his son's parents as Joaquin Keokina Soares and Maka Waihokala Naone so I am trying to clear this up.


Thomas Kaawelani Solomon Jr.
Aug 15 1922 - Nov 24 1989

Parents: Thomas K. Solomon and Mary Kapoeokeolani Kupuka'a - in 1930, this family was living in Kapaau and Thomas Sr. was a police officer.

Siblings: Sonny K. and Kawaiani with step-brothers, Ah You Ah Sam, Ah Yun Yau Ah Sam, Joseph Ah Sam and step-sister, Ah Moy Ah Sam - see (1)


Bernard Villanueva


Tina Lehua Yamamoto
Aug 9 1971 - Dec 4 1972