Friends of Hastings Cemetery

Dr. Malcolm & Annie Makalua

GC A20

Makalua Matthew Manuia,

aged 61, died 31st December 1928

Makalua Annie Clementina

aged 65, died 5th November 1927

Matthew Makalua, a cousin of Queen Kapi'olani of Hawaii, was enrolled at St. Chad's, a preparatory school in Denstone, England as part of King Kalakaua’s educational experiment. (Kalakaua, on a world tour, visited the Brasseys.)

In a July 1884 report, Makalua received a "Good" for General Conduct, Divinity, German, Euclid, History, and Declamation.

His Guardian, Manley Hopkins wrote to Honolulu,

“Mr. Makalua is just the contrary (a fellow Hawaiian described  as dull) —quick, mercurial, all sided; able to do something of everything; and is very taking in society: But I fear without much backbone to his character. I had a letter from his Tutor two days ago complaining that he is not working as well as formerly: does not prepare his work, etc, etc. I have written at once to him very seriously, I told him that if he does not pass his matriculation examination (it is about six weeks hence) I do not see any use in his remaining in England.”

Makalua was summoned home by the "Reform Cabinet", but in November of 1887, Manley Hopkins wrote the Hawaiian government asking that Makalua be allowed to finish his training, explaining that if he returned to Hawaii now all would be lost.  Makalua and several of his instructors also wrote asking permission for him to finish medical school.

On January 14, 1888, the London Consulate acknowledged receipt of a telegram advising them that Makalua should remain in London until completing his studies. Mathew thanked the Hawaiian government and told them he would probably earn his diploma in July of 1890.


In London, 1884

Hastings & St. Leonards Observer, January 5, 1929

A popular and highly esteemed member of the medical profession, Mr. Matthew P. Makalua died on Tuesday at 30 Warrior Square.

He was noted for his philanthropy, and both he and his wife, who died 14 months ago, were intensely interested in all work for the poor.  

Dr Makalua was the originator of the scheme for the Druids' Tinfoil Cot in the Royal East Sussex Hospital, and he watched with enthusiasm the healthy growth of the tinfoil fund.

He was medical officer of the L.G.O.C. (London General Omnibus Company) Convalescent home, Caple-ne-Ferne, where his popularity was great.

Hastings and St Leonards Observer - Saturday 12 November 1927


Mrs. Anne Clementina Makalua, wife of Dr. Matthew M. Makalna, of 37, Pevensey-road, St. Leonards, died on Sunday.  The funeral was on Wednesday, requeim mass being celebrated at the Church of St. Thomas of Canterbury.

The interment was the Borough Cemetery, the Rev. Canon Segesser and Father Le Warne officiating.  By request, there were no flowers, but a few were sent by relatives and intimate friends.

The mourners were: Dr. Makalua and son, daughter-in-law. sisters and brothers, etc.  The whole of the funeral arrangements were admirably conducted by Mr. Arthur C. Towner, 25 and 69, Norman-road, St. Leonards.