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

Clarice B. Taylor’s

Tales about Hawaii

Hoʻopololei: 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.

The English portion of his name, Frederick William, was probably for a prince in the royal family of England. At the time the Beckley boy was born Frederick William was a very popular name.

Malulani was the name of the boy’s maternal grandfather.

Instead of being called “Frederick William,” this Beckley boy was called “William.” Most records give him as “William Malulani.”


This first Frederick William named his son Frederick William Kahapula Beckley and it was this Frederick William who married the well known Emma Metcalf who later became Emma Metcalf Nakuina.

Frederick William Kahapula Beckley and Emma Metcalf had a son whom they named Frederick William Kahapula Beckley and called “Junior.” This young man became the adopted child of Kamehameha V and it was to him that the land known as Helumoa (now a portion of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel grounds) was given.

Frederick William Kahapula Beckley Jr. is the Beckley commonly known as “Professor Beckley” because he taught in his latter years and wrote good articles on Hawaiian food, medicine and the language. He lived until 1942.


Fred Kahea Beckley, one-time keeper of the Royal Mausoleum, was not a Beckley. His father was Kahea and his legal name was Kahea. His mother was Maraea Beckley, sister of Frederick William Kahapula Beckley.

Maraea’s three sons, Frederick, Benjamin and George, all changed their names to Beckley when they joined the British army in World War I. Beckley, being a British name, was much easier to use than their Hawaiian name Kahea.

George Kahea Beckley came home from the war a real hero. He had won the British Cross and had been presented to the Prince of Wales.

Let us hope that this explanation of the Beckley names will make everything pololei with the family.

(Star-Bulletin, 7/18/1960, p. 26)


Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Volume 49, Number 200, Page 26. July 18, 1960.


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