ʻOkatoba 12: “Hooheno no ka Loio Antone Rosa”

October 12, 1898: In Memoriam – Attorney Antone Rosa

Antone Rosa, 1888. Hawaii State Archives, Call Number: PP-96-13-08.

Antone Rosa, the celebrated Hawaiian lawyer, attorney general, judge, cabinet minister and politician passed away on October 12, 1898. He was memorably referenced as an “ʻahikananā” in Ka Buke Moʻolelo o Hon. Robert William Wilikoki. See Thomas K. Nakanela, Ka Buke Moolelo o Hon. Robert William Wilikoki (1890). In short, that term symbolically likened Rosa to a type of tuna–a fish known for its fierce fighting qualities.

Rosa was reportedly a brilliant and accomplished Hawaiian scholar. Death of Antone Rosa: Noted Hawaiian Lawyer Has Passed Away, Hawaiian Star, Sept. 9, 1898, at 1. Moreover, he had attained “a large and lucrative practice” and retained much of it “until overtaken by illness.” Id. Below is a resolution passed by the Hawaiʻi Bar on October 12, 1898. A short transcription follows.

Available in Judiciary Branch Records, Series 241: Records of the Clerks of the Supreme Court and First Circuit Court – Admin Records, 1898.

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