B. L. Koko tells the story of Lonoikamakahiki, 1865.



Kalani was the father and Haumea the mother, born was Lonoikamakahiki from Haumea and Kalani; He was taken as hanai by Hauna of Kaikilanialiiwahineopuna [?? Hauna o Kaikilanialiiwahineopuna] until he was grown; the chiefs went to bathe in the ocean, and after they had bathed, the two of them went upland to warm themselves.

While the two of them were warming themselves, Kaiklanialiiwahineopuna said to Lonoikamakahiki, “let’s play konane (the konane played with pebbles).” “Yes,” said Lonoikamakahiki, and they laid out the pebbles upon the board and the two began to play [uhau], and in that first match, he lost to his sister; the two played once again, and he lost once again to his sister; they played for the third time, and that Chief lost once more; after this third loss of Lonoikamakahiki, the Chief grew irritated for just losing…

[This is the opening of one of the stories of Lonoikamakahiki found in the Hawaiian Language Newspapers. It was written by B. L. Koko of Kaualaa, Wailupe, Oahu, and runs in Au Okoa from 9/4/1865. There is criticism of his telling and Koko ends his story on 10/23/1865. He states at his closing that what he wrote is all he knows, but those who know the story well most likely know more things. And if his kupunakane know more, that he will submit it.]

(Au Okoa, 9/4/1865, p. 4)


Ke Au Okoa, Buke I, Helu 20, Aoao 4. Sepatemaba 4, 1865.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s