More on traditional stories, and variation within, 1862.

About Kaao and Moolelo.

O Readers of kaao, we have seen the story of Kailiokalauokekoa that was published by S. Hinau, and it was just completed with the 5th installment [this series, “He Moolelo no Kailiokalauokekoa,” probably started on 10/24/1861 (which is missing) and S. Hinau closes his telling on 12/5/1861]; S. N. Haleole has just started that story again [which begins with genealogy, on 12/12/1861, restarts with installment 6 on 12/19/1861, and probably ended with installment 10, on 1/30/1862 (which sadly is also missing)], and with that retelling of the story, there has been quite the uproar. Those who are with Hinau say that his is correct, and those that read Hinau’s first fault Haleole’s publishing of Kailiokalauokekoa, as if there is but one person who retained this story on this solid earth. The actions of these people are unbelievable.

Those people go on and on saying, “oh please! this series is so misguided and not like Hinau’s”; further more, “Who has heard those oli which were chanted by Kailiokalauokekoa? and who kept those mele?” Auwe! Is there only one school where it was taught? Is it only Hinau who has kept this story? No, there are many people today. So stop with your unfounded ideas.

(Hoku o ka Pakipika, 1/16/1862)

No na Kaao a me na Moolelo.

Ka Hoku o ka Pakipika, Buke 1, Helu 17, Aoao 4. Ianuari 16, 1862.

2 thoughts on “More on traditional stories, and variation within, 1862.

  1. Interesting that the multiple perspective of a ka’ao had to be addressed in those times. I wonder who was making the fuss? It would be fun to see some of the comments/contributions that prompted this article. Mahalo for you work!

  2. I wish i had the answer to that! This perhaps might be the first time a Hawaiian kaao/moolelo printed in the paper was contradicted (by S. N. Haleole basically saying that S. Hinau didn’t have the whole story). I am not certain, but up until this point, kaao or moolelo (whether foreign or Hawaiian) were printed, and that was that…
    Regardless, there is this sort of critique and defense of variation in Hawaiian traditional stories seen often in the papers. I will try and put up more of this sort of commentary in the future.
    ▼Just a thought, but this topic would be great for a thesis!

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