On the moving of the Na-ha Stone to Hilo Library 100 years ago, and its history (2 of 6), 1915.

…the bitter words of Keawemauhili for his charge, Naeole gathered the young leaves of the bitter gourd [ipu awaawa] and broiled them until cooked, and fed them to Kamehameha as if it were young taro leaves,  and it is said that Naeole did this so that the biting and bitter words of Keawemauhili for his charge were neutralized, and those words spoken were those famous words of Hawaii nei of the olden days. “Nip the bud of the wauke while still young.” [“E o-u ka maka o ka wauke oi opiopio.”]

When Kamehameha grew older, and his own father, Keouanui, died, believed to have “been fed a cup of koheoheo by Alapainui here in Hilo,” [“hanai apu koheoheo ia e Alapainui ma Hilo nei,”] that is given poison in his food; Kalaniopuu, Keoua’s elder brother, was in the district of Kau, but moved forth to war with Alapainui, and war was fought where Kalaniopuu retreated. Afterwards war was waged upon the Son of Alapainui, and he died near Kawaihae, and all of Hawaii Island became ruled by Kalaniopuu.

While Kalaniopuu lived in Kohala, Kamehameha was living in Hilo those days, and when Kalanniopuu heard the words, “Nip the bud of the wauke while young,” [“E o-u ka maka o ka wauke oi opiopio,”] he soon sent a Royal Messenger, that being Naone, to fetch Kamehameha in Hilo, for Kamehameha to live in his court, and when the young alii Kamehameha arrived, and when the crying of Kalaniopuu and the Young Kamehameha ceased, an alii named Kaiokuanuiakanaele stood and spoke these words before King Kalaniopuu and the high chiefs gathered at court:

 “Hear me, O Royal One, and all of the chiefs assembled here, I have something to say before you all, and that is this. I wish to assemble all of the Kahuna, the Seers, and the Necromancers; and for them to give their views on this one here (Kamehameha). They will take a look and reveal what they see for him, and they will show their thoughts before us all. What will this one be like in the future?” These words of this Chief before Kalaniopuu and the other high Chiefs of the land were appropriate.

The male Kahuna were commanded, and the group of female Kahuna were also invited, and they were asked to give their prophecies as to the state of the young Chief Kamehameha.

The male priestly class did their observations and they revealed their understanding, that being that Kamehameha would become a famous warrior, and their would be no opponent to stand before this tremendous chiefly warrior, there would be absolutely none who would blow this young Chiefly warrior aside for he would be a warrior of the windy days and not the clear calm days of Kona. When the knowledge of the male kahuna class was done, the female group of kahuna were called, and at that point the women kahuna famous for divination stood up, and these are their names: Kahookahikuaa (f), a female Kahuna famous of Waiakamalii, Kohala, Hawaii; Kamalelemauliokalani (f), a female Kahuna of Pihanaakalani in Wailua, Kauai, and a high Chiefess of the land that snatches the sun of Manokalanipo [Kauai]. Kanoena (f), a female Seer [Kaula wahine] of Kealia, South Kona, and her partner female Kahuna, Kalaniwahine, a high Chiefess, and to her belonged the prostrating kapu, and the only Chiefess whose umbilical cord is placed at Hikiau Heiau at Napoopoo, South Kona.

When this group of female Priests and Prophets [Kilokilo] made their observations, the revealed what they saw; the first line was just the same as the group of male Kahuna, but the very last Priestess revealed what she saw, that being the High Chiefess Kalaniwahine. This is the Chiefess who stood before the Alii and spoke her words without obscuring her explanations; and she commanded the Alii who gathered at the court of Kalaniopuu to listen to her words, and at this time that sacred Chiefess kneeled down before King Kalaniopuu and before the young Chief Kamehameha as well, and spoke these important words:

(Until next week.)

(Hoku o Hawaii, 12/9/1915, p. 2)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke 10, Helu 27, Aoao 2. Dekemaba 9 1915.

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