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Hanama`ulu Cemetery 

Hanama`ulu Plaza at the base of Kalepa Ridge
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Photo: Karl Lo | June 2004

Kalepa Cemetery
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Photo: Florentino "Tono" Duterte | July 2005

THE HANAMA`ULU EXPERIENCE is also recorded on stone -- at the Kalepa Cemetery.

Located at the base of Kalepa Ridge, Hanama`ulu Cemetery is also known as Kalepa Cemetery.

As in other plantation towns throughout the Hawaiian Islands, the ethnic groups that made up the town of Hanama`ulu lived in camps that were clearly drawn along ethnic lines. 

And as in life, the town's residents were segregated in death.  The Portuguese were buried at the Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery, and Kalepa Cemetery had its Japanese and Filipino sections.

The Chinese buried their dead at Kapaia Chinese Cemetery. The closest cemetery to Hanama`ulu for other ethnic groups was Lihue Public Cemetery.

With the opening of Kauai Memorial Gardens in the mid-1960s, burials at Hanama`ulu Cemetery became part of the past. And some families exhumed their loved ones for reburial at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

Kalepa Cemetery: Japanese Section
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June 16, 2005 | Photo: Karl Lo

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Photo: Florentino "Tono" Duterte | July 2005

Too young to die!
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Photo: Florentino "Tono" Duterte | July 2005

Kalepa Cemetery | Filipino Section
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June 16, 2005 | Photo: Karl Lo

TORIBIA VASQUEZ at the Filipino Cemetery.
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June 16, 2005 | Photo: Karl Lo




The inscription, written in Spanish, reads:
MURIO EL DIA 1
DE ABRIL 1917
40 ANOS DE
EDAD

Translation:
DIED THE 1ST DAY
OF APRIL 1917
AT 40 YEARS
OF AGE






Filipinos, especially those who were schooled before the turn of the 20th century, could
read and write in Spanish. Since Toribia Vasquez was buried at Kalepa Cemetery, instead of at Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery, it's logical to assume that she was Filipino with a very Hispanic name. It is common knowledge that the Spaniards who colonized the Philippines bequeathed to their descendants and to others Hispanic names.

"Index to Filipino Passengers, 1900 - 1952" lists Toribio Vasquez, 37, born circa 1877, arriving in Honolulu on  the steamer Chiyo Maru on March 27, 1914. 

CLICK to learn about Toribia Vasquez's relatives and their search for her grave site.

Sprucing Up Kalepa Cemetery
for the 2005 Hanama`ulu Town Celebration

PERFITUA OCAMPO at the Filipino Cemetery
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June 16, 2005 | Photo: Karl Lo


With families and relatives gone, graves are in need of weeding and tombstones show their need for maintenance. Many graves are without markers, and markers are displaced here and yonder.

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Photo: Florentino "Tono" Duterte | July 2005


The Committee That Cares -- Eddie Sarita, Florentino "Tono" Duterte, Patricio "Pat" Ramelb, Arthur Maghanoy, Pastor Roy Sasaki and their helpers -- cleaned Kalepa Cemetery
in 2003, when it was in need of hoeing and major cleanup.

For the Hanama`ulu Town Celebration on July 16 & 17, 2005, Eddie, Tono, and Pat made sure that relatives and friends who visited the cemetery during the celebration would not be disappointed. The trio dedicated two days of weeding and sprucing up the Filipino Cemetery.

On Sunday afternoon, the second day of the celebration, Eddie Sarita took a a carload to the cemetery, and Pastor Roy walked with another group.

Rose dela Cruz Carvalho of Lihue and Connie Macaraeg Laforga of Suisun City, CA, expressed their appreciation for the condition of the Kalepa Filipino Cemetery.

From all reports, others who visited the cemetery were pleased.

 

Sprucing Up Kalepa Cemetery
for the 2006 Hanama`ulu Town Celebration

Peter Rayno Jr. and his committee are committed to taming the weeds and keeping the cemetery presentable to family and friends who may be visiting from afar, and searching for the grave sites of loved ones. Needless to say, they welcome help.

 

Message of Appreciation

11/9/06 09:26 AM

My thanks to all you who have helped with the upkeep of Kalepa Cemetery. I happened on the Hanama'ulu Town Celebration website and saw the pictures of the cemetery. Up until now, I didn't know the actual name. My grandparents are buried there, and it's been years
since I've seen it. It was actually very touching to see the pictures, especially since I no longer live on Kauai.

On behalf of the Marquez family, I sincerely thank you.

Cynthia Cezar McDonald
(Hermenia Marquez Cezar's daughter)

P.S. Hi Uncle Pat! (Ramelb)
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November 9, 2006

Dear Cynthia:

Greetings from Sunny Poipu!

I knew your mother ... which leads me to the conclusion that you grew up in Koloa. I'm glad you visited the Hanama`ulu Town Celebration website. How did you happen to find the site?

Thank you for taking time to write. I'll forward this correspondence to Angie Ramelb Green, in the hope that she will give your Uncle Pat your greeting.

Eddie Sarita, chairman of the Hanama`ulu Town Celebration, is always happy to get appreciative word on the cemetery. I will share you e-mail with him as well. Don't worry, as a matter of policy, and respectful of privacy, I will delete your e-mail address in the forwarded messages.

I hope you will visit the website again soon and often.

Peace and aloha,

Catherine Lo
Historian/Webmaster
HANAMA`ULU TOWN CELEBRATION

 

Kalepa Cemetery Maintenance Update

Peter Rayno, Andy Domingo and Arthur Maghanoy continue to do maintenance work at the cemetery. Eddie Sarita has been providing the group with requested equipment and supplies to control the weeds.

Posted Nov. 13, 2006

 

Copyright 2006 Catherine Pascual Lo
May/June 2006 | Updated Sept. 2006

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