1859-1934

July 11, 1859, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii.

July 22, 1934.

Homelani Memorial Park, Hilo, Hawaii.

Son of John Rollin Langhern Desha and Eliza Brewer Desha, Stephen was educated in the Hawaiian schools, the Royal School and North Pacific Institute in Honolulu. He outlived four wives: Hatie Kamaka (1883), Mary Kaakopua Kekumano (1884), Rose Kapu, and Julia H. Keonaona (1913).

Desha was pastor of Napoopoo Church (1884-89) and Haili Church of Hilo (1889). He became supervisor of the County of Hawaii when the county government was inaugurated in 1905, and was elected to the third Board of Supervisors in 1909. In 1907, he became editor and business manager of the newspaper Ka Hoku o Hawaii. He served as a delegate to the second International Congregational Council, Boston, Massachusetts, in September 1899, and in the Hawaiian territorial senate, 1913-17. He was known as a Hawaiian orator and authority on Hawaiian legends. He belonged to the Kamehameha, Kauikeaouli and Hawaii Ponoi Lodges, Chiefs of Hawaii. Desha’s works include:

  1. Po la`i e, Po Kamaha`o