Kamakau’s story of Lonoikamakahiki, 1871.


Pertaining to Lonoikamakahiki: Lonoikamakahiki was the child of Keawenuiaumi, the alii of Kau and Puna, and reigned over the entirety of those sections of Hawaii. He married a chiefess, Kaikilanikohepanio, from amongst the granchildren of Laeanuikaumanamana, and from the two of them were born the sons, Keawehanauikawalu and Kaihikapumahana, and the two of them became ancestors of chiefs and commoners. When Lono ruled, he was a chief who did not listen to nor heed the advice of his kahuna and counselors [kakaolelo], so some of his counselors left to find a good master [haku]. And that is why Lanahuimihaku folks left, to find a master who would follow and listen to their advice; they searched for a haku for themselves, and they lived went to live with Kailikapuakuihewa on Oahu, believing that he was a chief who was upright and who listened to everything the kahuna and kakaolelo instructed….

[S. M. Kamakau’s telling of the story of Lonoikamakahiki ran from 1/12/1871 to 2/2/1871 in the newspaper Au Okoa. It can be found in Ruling Chiefs, pp. 47–63.]

(Au Okoa, 1/12/1871, p. 1)


Ke Au Okoa, Buke VI, Helu 39, Aoao 1. Ianuari 12, 1871.

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