The Royal Men and Royal Women Who Knew English.
The Royal Men
Kamehameha, Ka Na’i Aupuni
Liholiho, Kamehameha II
Kaumualii (the High Chief of Kauai)
Humehume, George P. Kaumualii, Jr.
Kuakini (John Adams)
Kalanimoku (Bill Pitt)
These High Chiefs of Hawaii nei, the men and women and important advisers of Kamehameha, all of them knew English. They were not limited at all, as if it was part of the Hawaiian language.
Do remember, my conversation companions of the Hoku o Hawaii, the delicacies from which you get your fill, O Hawaii, which come from your kupuna, they will never be all consumed by us by gorging, as long as you continue to subscribe to our beloved spokesman, so that you may keep seeing the fatty delicacies of the birthing Stones of this land. There were many other alii who knew the English language, but these should suffice; and amongst the makaainana, the language of the haole (English) was wide spread; it was most widely known by the children, from those of the high to low classes.
[This is from a regular column called “Na Iliili Hanau” [The Birthing Stones], written by George K. Kane, Sr., speaking on a variety of historical topics.
(Hoku o Hawaii, 4/8/1942, p. 4)