The meeting of Kalaniopuu and Cook, 1867.


The Era of Kalaniopuu, 1779. Pertaining to the Death of Captain Cook, that is Lono.

On the 24th of January, Kalaniopuu and his warriors returned from Maui and landed at Awili in Kaawaloa, and stayed at Hanamua at Keaweaheulu’s place, but they were also on Maui at war with Kahekili.

Kalaniopuu saw the many women were at the ocean on the ship to prostitute themselves [hookamakama], so Kalaniopuu forbade women from going down to the ship. And the haole saw that the women were not coming to the ship, so the haole went into the uplands of Napoopoo and at Kahauloa, and on this side of Kaawaloa to solicit prostitution, and the women received a great amount of foreign rubbish [opala].

Kalaniopuu acted generously toward Captain Cook, and gave him pigs, taro, sweet potato, bananas, this and that, and he also gave him ahuula, mahiole, kahili, feather lei, fine wooden bowls, handsome kapa of all sorts, choice ahuao mats of Puna and fine garments of hinano—And Captain Cook gave Kalaniopuu some rubbish—(It is said that the hat that Captain Cook gave to Kalaniopuu is in the woven casket (kaai) of the head of Keaweikekahialiiokamoku.)

On the 4th of February, Lono sailed on his ship outside of Kawaiahae; Lono saw that one of the masts of his ship was rotting, and he decided to rebuild it, so he returned and docked his ship at Kealakekua, and rebuilt it. And the people saw that the ship was there again; the women associated with the men—but not as many as before, so the men were puzzled. Some said, “they are not gods, they are men, they are haole, from the land of Kukanaloa folks are these men.” Some said, “they are gods indeed”—others said, “The story of Kane, Kanaloa, Ku and Lono; they are from Kahiki, they do not sleep with women, but Lonoikamakahiki, he is a deified man, not a true god.” One man stated, “The women who go to the ship say that they cry out in pain when the women pinch their sides, and the haole say that the women are like owls with long nails and that they scratch like ducks [? kaka]; the words of the haole are not understood.”

Therefore, the Hawaiians found fault and pushed Lono into becoming angry—perhaps the god would not become incensed for there were offerings of pigs, garments, red fish, bananas, coconuts; and Lono is a kindly god. So then the men went aboard the ship and took some iron from the ship; the haole saw things being taken from the ship and they shot their guns and fought with the Hawaiians. The haole grabbed a canoe of one of the alii named Palea, the aikane of Kalaniopuu; he resisted and held off the haole. Another haole came with a piece of wood and struck Palea down. Palea’s men saw this and they jumped upon the haole men. Palea rose and put an end to the fighting. And because they were afraid that Lono would kill them, the men stopped fighting.

[This episode in Kamakau’s great history is found in translation in Ruling Chiefs, pp. 101–102.]

(Kuokoa, 2/2/1867, p. 1)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke VI, Helu 5, Aoao 1. Feberuari 2, 1867.


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