SOME OLD MELE OF HAWAII NEI.
Mr. Solomon Hanohano, Editor of the Kuokoa Newspaper:—Please publish the following mele from times past, when the land was filled with alii.
This is a name song [mele inoa] for the royal one Ahumanu [Kaahumanu], which was inherited by Kaumakaokane II, the mother of Kuakini (John Adams Cummins) during the youth of Kaumaka, and that royal woman [Kaahumanu] then called Kaumakaokane, by the name Papaleaiaina.
This name is the name that Kalaniahumanu [Kaahumanu] called the Royal One, Paiea Kamehameha I, and it is answered to today by the granddaughter of the Hon. J. A. Cummins, that being Matilda Papaleaiaina Walker Constable.
It would be best that these jewels of Hawaii nei be shown, for some of us will live on as teachers for the impertinent questions, as like the one who questioned in the Advertiser newspaper, about my dear brother, the Hon. J. A. Cummins, the “backbone” [iwikuamoo] of the chiefly ones who have passed into the next realm.
Kaumakaokane he inoa,
Hanau a koa he kupuna,
Eia ua aliiwahine nei,
Ke holo mai nei o ka moku,
Me ka hae o kau weloweloula,
Ku’ilua ka pu,
He aloha ia,
Aole i ike ka haole,
Wahi a Kalanikauleleiaiwi,
Iwi ka maka,
Holoholo ka onohi,
Lele ka puuwai i ka makemake,
I ka wai olu o Lanipo-e,
Nau ke ku’i haukeke ka auwae,
I hemahema i ka wa kamalii,
O ko’u wa naaupo no ia,
E laua la e,
Papaleaiaina kuu aloha e—
O kau ka haili aloha i o’u nei,
O ka welelau o kuu lima ka i pa aku,
Pa i ka lihi o Kilauea.
And here is the genealogy of the lei to adorn the neck of Ahia (Mrs. Capt. George Beckley), that being John Adams Cummins.
Liloa is the father who dwelt with Akahiakuleana, born was Umi. Umi, dwelt with Piikea, born was Aihakoko, Kumulaenuiaumi. Kumulaenui, dwelt with Kumunuipawalau, born was Kekapuhelemai; Kekapuhelemai dwelt with Piilani, born was Lonoikauakini.
Lonokauakini, dwelt with Kapukaheiau, born was Lonoikahaupo; Lonoikahaupo, dwelt with Ninauaiwi, born was Kekapalakea. Kekapalakea dwelt with Kelahuna, born was Kowali; Kolwali dwelt with Kaumaokaokane, born was Keaweaua. Keaweaua dwelt with Kaahaiku, born was Keauiaole; Keauiaole dwelt with Liloa, born was Kaumakaokane, Kameeiamoku.
Kaumakaokane (f) dwelt with Thomas Cummins, born was John Adams Cummins.
Kelahuna (f) is a descendant of Kelahunapaikua (m) and Ahia (f) and Kelahunapaikua (m) is a child of Kakuhihewa and Kolimoalani, that being Koaekea (f), the grandchild of Akahinuikameenoa (f), the woman that I placed a kapu upon.
Kelahuna (f) is the younger sister of Kamehaiku, these being female alii of Kau, Hawaii, and Kamehaiku is the woman of Keeaumoku, the father of Kaahumanu who slept with Kalanianoano and begot Kanehoa, the grandfather of Kaleianoano, Hoapili, and so forth, as well as Jesse Hakainai [Makainai ?], and so forth.
Sincerely, this is I
Ako-kuia ka hale lehua o ka manu,
Kauwewe i ka liko o ka ohia,
He uanoe he uaawa no ka mauna,
Uli ka nahele o Ookuauli,
Uli ka nahu hoomau a ka makani,
A makani a lei a lea,
Lea i na kauna ami a ka ua,
Alohi Maukele anapa i ka la e,
Okioki a hoe,
O ke aho no ia a ka ua Polohinalo,
A pikipiki ka lei,
Me he nu’a kapa la,
Popo ka lei a waiho malie,
Nana aku o kuu apana hala iuka o Panaewa,
Mamina ino no kuu kula lehua,
A’u i kawili mua ai,
Ua maka-pa ua eena ka manu,
He ena kai olohia ia no ke kanaka e—
The is the origin of my name from the heavenly one, Kauikeaouli; Kekulani is the name appended to Keoni Ana Opio [John Young, Jr.] when Kauikeaouli died and returned.
E o mai oe i kou inoa e Kekulani,
O ka lani no ka i ku,
I ka papa holu i ka makani,
A o oe no ke o mai e,
MARYJANE AHIA AHUENA KEKULANI MONTANO.
(Kuokoa, 3/31/1927, p. 1)
Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXVI, Helu 13, Aoao 1. Maraki 31, 1927.