ENJOYMENT TO PASS THE TIME.
THE STORY OF LONOIKAMAKAHIKI, THE EXPERT ALII WHO HAD NO EQUAL AT CONTESTS OF WIT, AND AT WAR.
(Written by Z. P. K. Kawaikaumaiikamakaokaopua)
Lonoikamakahiki was born in the land of Napoopoo, at the base of the cliff of Manuahi, South Kona, Hawaii. Keawenuiaumi was the father, Koihalawai was the mother; and it was in Napoopoo where he was raised until adulthood; his caretakers were Hauna and his younger brother Loli.
These two men had one wife. They did not want two wahine, and they were both very nice; they did not fight or argue and there was no dissension between them over this one woman. When Lonoikamakahiki was young, he began to think.
When Lonoikamakahiki was looking at the many items of entertainment of his father placed in the royal house, and he saw the ihe pahee placed there, he looked for a long time and after a while he asked his caretakers:
“What is that long thing hanging up there in the house?”
The kahu responded: “A spear fot the game of pahee [ihe pahee].”
Lonoikamakahiki asked further: “What is its value?”
The kahu said: “If there are two people who want to do some betting, the go to the spear throwing grounds [kahua pahee] and when they get there, they propose a wager, and they then proceed.”…
[This is the opening of the story on Lonoikamakahiki that was written by the famous historian Z. P. K. Kawaikaumaiikamakaokaopua, a pen name for Z. P. Kalokuokamaile. It appears in the Kuokoa from 3/20/1924 to 10/30/1924.]
(Kuokoa, 3/20/1924, p. 2)