More on Kanehoalani, 1885.

[Found under: “NA NU HOU HAWAII.”]

D. Napela acquired at Kahananui, Molokai, on the 3rd of August, a wooden God idol which people called Kanehoalani. It is believed that this god idol was carved in Tahiti as an image of a man. For it has a head, ears, eyes, nose, mouth, a torso, hands, and feet. Perhaps some centuries ago, this idol came from Tahiti and resided at Piliwale on Molokai, according to the stories of the people. And from Piliwale, it was taken and cared for in the uplands of Kalae, and because the kii was pleased with Kalae for its serenity, he was delighted and remained there for a long time. Kuakala’s kupuna cherished and worshipped this idol at Kalae. When Kuakala moved to Kahananui, the kii was brought along, being taken great care of from the time of ignorance up into this world of enlightenment. When Kuakala recently passed in 1884, his children were very afraid to go near the kii lest they die. This was the residence of Kuakala, where the kii was left within, and the doors were locked, and the kii was left to stay all alone. D. Napela heard of this and went to fetch and received the key of the house from the wife. He entered the house and searched and found the kii wrapped in a pink cloth. He took it outside, and showed it to the fearful people who believed death would come if the kii was taken; here is the god image, and I am not dead, for there was no death for him, being that it was only wood.

[Compare this article to the one previous.]

(Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, 8/22/1885, p. 2)


Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, Buke VIII, Helu 34, Aoao 2. Augate 22, 1885.

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