OCTOBER 13, 1896


Born circa 1836, on the island of Niihau, David settled in Honolulu where he owned a large homestead in the Palama area. In the election of 1890, Pua ran successfully for the House of Nobles (upper house) as a Hawaiian National Reform Party member and sat in the legislative assemblies of 1890 & 1892 during the reigns of King Kalākaua & Queen Liliʻuokalani. After the overthrow of the monarchy in January 1893, Pua and his son Sam (also a member of the legislature) opposed the provisional government which created the Republic of Hawaii and which sought annexation by the U.S. Pua then became an executive member of Hui Aloha ʻĀina (Hawaiian Patriotic League) founded to protest annexation and to represent the case of the monarchy to President Cleveland’s Commissioner, James H. Blount. In 1895, Sam Pua was arrested & convicted of treason for his part in the unsuccessful 1895 revolution to restore the monarchy & David Pua retired from politics. He died in Honolulu.

 "David William Pua Dead," Evening Bulletin (Honolulu), 10/13/1896. p. 1.  Retrieved 9/25/2022, Evening bulletin. [volume] (Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii]) 1895-1912, October 13, 1896, Image 1 « Chronicling America « Library of Congress (loc.gov)
Photo:  Author unknown, circa 1893. Public Domain.  Source: Extracted from image available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3b42806.

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