Kamaka Stillman refutes the story about Naeole raising Kamehameha, 1911.

A Response by “O-u-ka-maka-o-ka-wauke-oi-opiopio.”

Mr. Editor of Ke Au Hou:

With appreciation:—Please allow me my clarification pertaining to the one who raised Kamehameha I that was shown in the newspaper “Kuokoa Home Rula” on the 10th of February past, 1911, which said that it was Naeole. But forgive me for the tardiness of my response, for I soon received my issue of that paper mentioned above from a friend last week, and in order that the actual person who raised Kamehameha I is made known, that it is not Naeole as is being stated, that is why I am publishing this without intent to elevate chiefly genealogy, for the rude statements are embarrassing; there are so many people who are associated with alii, and covetous of alii who have genealogies that are printed in books. Pertaining to the parentage of Kamehameha, here it is:

Keaweikekahialiiokamoku (m), dwelt with Kalanikauleleieiwi (f), born was Kameeiamoku (m); Kameeiamoku (m) dwelt with Kamaka’imoku (f), born was Keoua, the fahter of Kamehameha I. This is his mother’s [side]: Kalanika’uleleieiwi (f) shown earlier dwelt with another man, who was Kauauanuiamahi, born was Ha’ae (m); Ha’ae (m) dwelt with Kukelaokalani (f), born was Kekuiapoiwa, the birth mother of Kamehameha I.

Kamehameha I was born of Kekuiapoiwa at Ainakea, Kohala, Hawaii, for that is where they lived, and that is where Kalakaua searched for and found and constructed a memorial to Kamehameha there; it was not upon a canoe, in Kokoiki or at Halawa as is supposed. This is the story of his birth:

When Kekuiapoiwa and Keoua heard of the idea of the alii to secretly kill the child when he was born, for he would be a boy who would rebel, as foretold by the kahuna when his mother was pregnant, and that is why it was said, “Nip off the bud of the wauke while it is still young [E o-u ka maka o ka wauke oi opiopio];” a means was sought to save him and to care and raise him. When Kekuiapoiwa had birth pangs, her attendant got ready a runner [kukini] to that the child from Ainakea to the cliffs of Awini that you had to swim around to pass; that is where Kahaopulani dwelt; this woman who was a chiefess raised Kamehameha I on her own milk, not with sweet potato or by other means which has been made up, for Kahaopulani bore her own daughter at that time, she being Kuakane, the one who shared her mother’s milk with Kamehameha I; and when this boy grew older, it was Kahaopulani who personally returned him to Keoua to live in Halawa. Keliimaikai also, the younger brother of Kamehameha, was raised at Awini, by Kahaopulani. This is the truth, and why is it not known?

This is the royal genealogy of Kahaopulani: Kauhiaimoku-a-kama (m) dwelt with Kaleimakalii (f), born was Kaaloikanoa (f); Kaaloikanoa (f) dwelt with Umihulumakaokalani (m), born were three children, they being Palena, Paia, and Luahine (m); Luahine dwelt with Hikuikekualono (f); born were 4 boys and one girl, she being Kahaopulani, the one who raised Kamehameha I; and Kahaopulani dwelt with Ki’oula (m), born was Kuakane (f), the one who drank of the same mother’s milk as the Chief [Kamehameha]; Kuakane dwelt with Kamoeau (m), born was Akimakaokalauhue (f); Akimakaokalauhue (f) dwelt with Kamalanaikuaheahe (m), born was Kapiimoku (f); Kapiimoku (f) dwelt with Kekahili (m), born was “O-u-ka-maka-o-ka-wauke-oi-opiopio” (Mrs. Kamaka Stillman), a to her was born Keaopolohiwa, a daughter, and many grandchildren.

Second Part:—Kaaloikanoa, daughter of Kauhiaimokuakama, dwelt with another man, Kaniauepa, after the death of Umihulumakaokalani, and born was Kapupuulaokalani and Kalani-kiki-wahi-kalani, and from there was born Kanaina, the father of King Lunalilo and the Chiefess Hakaleleponi [Kalama].

These is the genealogy of my ancestress, Kahaopulani, the one who raised Kamehameha I at Awini and his younger brother Keliimaikai; Naeole did not raise him in Halawa like what is being spread about; and this story is heard and memorized in Kohala Nui and Kohala Iki.

I stop here with much aloha for the typesetting boys of the press and the Editor. Sincerely,

Mrs. Kamaka Stillman.

Kauluwela, Oahu, May 8, 1911.

[Did you check out this weeks “Welo Hou” post? It is a mele about precisely about this story! Check it out by clicking here.]

(Au Hou, 5/10/1911, p. 23)


Ke Au Hou, Buke 2, Helu 19, Aoao 23. Mei 10, 1911.


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