Clarice B. Taylor writes more on the Beckleys, 1960.

Clarice B. Taylor’s

Tales about Hawaii

Ho Ľopololei: Beckleys

Well I did it. I fell into the common error of confusing the Beckley names.

In the July 5 installment of the story on the Beckley family, I said “Emma Nakuina was the mother of Fred Kahea Beckley.” By making the error, I learned something new.

The Beckley names are confusing because the names are repeated in each generation and sometimes among cousins.

Confusion is compounded by altering the sequence of the name. For instance Captain George Beckley and Ahia named their eldest son Frederick William Malulani Beckley. Continue reading

Clarice B. Taylor on the Beckleys, 1960.

Clarice B. Taylor’s

Tales about Hawaii

Captain George Beckley and Family

The Beckleys are a proud family. They have a right to be.

Their story is well known because each generation of Beckleys has produced a writer, one who could tell the family stories and keep them before the public. The most prolific of these writers was the late Ahuena Davison Taylor, wife of the late A. P. Taylor.

Beckleys married writers. Prominent was the late Emma Nakuina, mother of Fred Kahea Beckley, who wrote authoritative legends and a paper on the old water right system of ancient Hawaii. Continue reading

Emma Kaili Metcalf Beckley Nakuina, 1847-1929.

END COMES TO MRS. NAKUINA

Was First Woman Judge Under U. S. Flag; Daughter of Hawaiian Chiefess

The first woman to be a judge in Hawaii under the American flag, Mrs. Emma Kaili Metcalf Beckley Nakuina died early today at the home of her son, Fred Beckley, in Kaimuki. She was born March 5, 1847, in Manoa valley, Oahu, the daughter of Theophilus Metcalf, a sugar planter, and Kaili Kapuolono, chiefess of Kukaniloko. Continue reading

The passing of Mrs. Kahalepulu Kainoalau, 1894.

Set Aside Her Burdens.

My dear mother moved on [? newa] to the other world after 79 or more years in this world, she being Mrs. Kahalepulu Kainoalau, and she left me, her youngest child. There are many of us, and they did not see her last breath. She was born in North Kona, Hawaii of Kalapawai (m) and Hokii (f) Continue reading