Kaumualii and Kaahumanu seek out Nihoa, 1868.

[Found under: “KA MOOLELO O NA KAMEHAMEHA.”]

Kaumualii built several large houses for Kaahumanu at Papaenaena. When Kaahumanu was staying on Kauai. A great desire grew within her to search for Nihoa, a land that was not known to the new generations. But Nihoa was found in the stories and the mele of the ole people. When Kaahumanu heard the chant of Kaweloamahunaalii.

“Ea mai ana ke ao ua o Kona,
Ea mai ana ma Nihoa
Ma ka mole mai o Lehua,
Ua iho la pulu ke kahawai.”

[The rain clouds of Kona arise,
Rising at Nihoa
At the base of Lehua,
Raining, drenching the river.]

In the mele of Hiiaka—

“Rising at Nihoa,
At the base of Lehua.”

And so forth; and there are a great many mele and prophecies which describe all the lands of Kahiki. Therefore, Kaahumanu decided to go in search of Nihoa, therefore, Kaahumanu said to Kaumualii, “Child, let us go to find Nihoa.” Kaumualii agreed. Two or three boats were made ready for the trip. William Sumner was the captain, and he was the leader; and they indeed found Nihoa in the year 1822, and Nihoa was joined to the Archipelago of Hawaii.

(Kuokoa, 2/1/1868, p. 1)

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Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke VII, Helu 5, Aoao 1. Feberuari 1, 1868.

 

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