Opening of S. N. Haleole’s telling of the story of Laieikawai, 1862.

THE STORY

OF

LAIEIKAWAI.

INTRODUCTION.

{Pertaining to Laieikawai.—The Moolelo Kaao was held by the one publishing this story in his Book of Moolelo for eighteen years and three months, beginning in the month of August, 1844. And the one with the Book of Moolelo comes Kailiokalauokekoa. But it is not only these stories in the Book of Moolelo; the moolelo of Painahala as well, has been preserved in the month of October, 1847. The length of this story is like the story whose title appears in this introduction; being that Laieikawai is 375 pages and Painahala is 363; but the telling of Painahala is almost the same as Keamalu, except the grandmother is different.

The moolelo o Kualii, Moikeha’s and Lonoikamakahiki’s are included in this Book of Moolelo.

And being that great benefits were given to this writer of moolelo, these moolelo were all given to the Kuokoa newspaper.

All of you, watch the Kuokoa newspaper from here on, it will give you joy, as is the want of some.

S. N. Haleole.

[Laieikawai appeared in the Kuokoa from 11/29/1862 until 4/4/1863. This moolelo was printed as a book soon thereafter, and in 1918, it was translated by Martha Warren Beckwith, and published as “The Hawaiian Romance of Laieikawai.”]

(Kuokoa, 11/29/1862, p. 1)

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Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke I, Helu 53, Aoao 1.

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