Manuia Maunupau, old-time Kona fisherman, passes away, 1940.

Noted Isle Fisherman Who Taught Rulers, Will Be Buried Today


Manuia Maunupau Dies In Honolulu After Long Career On Kona Coast

A famous old-time Hawaiian fisherman, one who taught Island royalty the art, will be laid to rest here this afternoon when Manuia Maunupau of Kailua, Kona, is buried.

Mr. Maunupau died Sunday night at the home of his son, Thomas K. Maunupau, 3326 Hoolulu street, after an illness of three months. He was 68 years old and had come to Honolulu in February for medical treatment.

Born In Honolulu

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Silva’s mortuary, where the body has been on view since last night. Interment will take place Puea cemetery.

Mr. Maunupau was born in Honuakaha, this city, but spent his boyhood days in fishing at Kuhio and Kaupulehu, two of the old-time fishing villages in that section of Kona called “the waste and waterless Kekaha.”

Knew Waters

It was from his father, Maihui, that he learned the various methods of fishing. He knew the names and location of the koas or fishing grounds, particularly those surrounding the area know as Haleohi’u, “the house of many fish tails,” which is located between Keahole Point and Kuhio.

Mr. Maunupau knew the landmarks of these fishing grounds: their characteristics, such as depth, current and the kinds of fish that are found there. He knew the stars, current and the winds.He knew every rock and reef offshore and could steer a canoe or boat blindfolded along the west coast of Hawaii.

Royal Fisherman

For a short time, Manuia Maunupau was a mate on a schooner owned by George McDougall, who was then doing business in Kailua, Hawaii, more than 40 years ago, and which ran between West Hawaii ports and Honolulu.

J. B. Curts, manager of H. Hackfeld & Co., Ltd., of Kailua, Hawaii, hired him as a pilot to steer lumber vessels when they were…

(Honolulu Advertiser, 3/26/1940, p. 1)


The Honolulu Advertiser, 84th Year, Number 19,145, Page 1. March 26, 1940.

Funeral Services Scheduled For Famed Island Fisherman

…sighted off Keahole Point.

Mr. Maunupau was at one time keeper of the famous canoe “A,” now in the Bishop Museum, and was head fisherman for Queen Liliuokalani, Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole and Prince David Kawananakoa whenever they happened to be in Kona. He taught the prince-delegate how to catch ahi and other deep sea fish.

Crew Captain

It was through contact with Prince Kalanianaole that Maunupau was made coach and captain of the famous Kona crew which defeated all comers for the canoe paddling championships of the Islands in 1906, 1907 and 1909 in Honolulu harbor. This crew was never defeated in any race.

Mr. Maunupau was the last of that fisherman crew who made history 34 years ago.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Emily K. Maunupau, three sons, Thomas, Joseph and Sam, and a daughter, Mrs. Rebecca I, all of Honolulu, children by his first wife one step-son, Joseph K. Kopa; three step-daughters, Mrs. Emily Keanaaina, of Kona, Mrs. Bessie Kekaulike, Mrs. Lucy Manginsay, both of Honolulu; two sisters, Mrs. John Kumuhone of Kona, and Mrs. Isabel Kaai of Honolulu; 34 grandchildren, besides many nieces and nephews.

(Advertiser, 3/26/1940, p. 2)


The Honolulu Advertiser, 84th Year, Number 19,145, Page 2. March 26, 1940.


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