Story of Kawelo, 1908–1909.

THE STORY

OF

KAWELO

THE FIERCE FIGHTER OF KAUAI

AND THE OPPONENT OF

KAUAHOA

The Handsome Youthful Hero of Hanalei

“E Kawelo-lei-makua, e pae,
E Kamahana a ka lapa o Puna,
Na maka o Halona iluna,
Kuu haku, kuu lawaia alii o Kauai.”

[O Kaweloleimakua, land,
O Kamahana of the ridges of Puna
The eyes of Halona above,
My lord, my fishing chief of Kauai.]

Maihuna is the father, Malaiakalani is the mother, Hanamaulu is the land of birth of Kawelo.

There are five in Kawelo’s generation, the first being Kawelomahamahaia, followed by Kaweloleikoo, both boys; following was born Kaenakuakalani, a female, and after her was Kaweloleimakua, the one who this moolelo is about, and after him was Kamalama, the beloved younger sibling of Kawelo…

[This is how the moolelo of Kawelo begins as it appears in the Hilo newspaper, Hoku o Hawaii. The story runs from 12/31/1908 to 3/25/1909, and is not attributed to a given writer, however, looking at the other moolelo in the newspaper published around the same time, it is probably submitted by William Hyde Rice.]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 12/31/1908, p. 1)

HE MOOLELO NO KAWELO

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke III, Helu 36, Aoao 1. Dekemaba 31, 1908.

A mysterious story from Keaukaha, 1915.

A MYSTERIOUS RESTRAINT

Written in the English-language newspaper, Hawaii Herald of Hilo, was a truly strange story about some Hawaiian women here in Keaukaha, and here are some of what we translated.

On this past Christmas, Kawaikuhea and Elena, women who live in Keaukaha, went to pick opihi on a rocky island off of Keaukaha; they swam out for perhaps close to a hundred yards. Elena jumped into the water first and Waikuhea followed, but Waikuhea was the first to reach the rocky island and began to pick opihi, but while she was picking opihi, she heard the cry of Elena saying, “Auwe, I am dying. Aloha to [my] grandchildren.” Kawaikuhea¹ looked to where Elena was floating, and saw her floating easily upon the water. Seeing her friend floating there, Kawaikuhea spoke to Elena, “Hey you blundering woman, swim over here and I will help you”. Continue reading