IT IS PERHAPS WELL THAT WE TALK here about Eleio, the caretaker of Kakaalaneo, one of the Alii of Maui, and thereafter, talk about Kaululaau, the actual son of Kakaalaneo and Kelekeleiokaula, a female alii of Hawaii, the
daughter sister of Kaleihaohia, an alii of Hawaii.
It is said that Eleio was a kahu of Kakaalaneo, an Alii of Maui, and it is believed that Kakaalaneo was the fifth generation of the Maui Chiefs. If their genealogy is laid out correctly from Kumuhonua to Kakaalaneo, then he is the fifth generation.
But as for Eleio, we must talk about him.
Eleio was quick at running, and because of Eleio’s swiftness, Kakaalaneo selected Eleio to fulfill all of his desires from very far away…
[This is the opening of the story of Eleio, which includes the feats of the legendary one, Kaululaau. It was written by W. N. Pualewa and appears in the Kuokoa from 9/5/1863 to 11/21/1863. It also appears in Fornander’s Collection of Hawaiian Antiquities and Folk-lore. This was later was adapted in the Alakai o Hawaii under the title “HE MAU MOOLELO KAAO HAWAII KAHIKO HOONANEA O KA HOME” from 2/14/1935 to 2/21/1935.
I hear the performances on Lānaʻi this past week were fantastic. I wish I could have gone to see for myself.]
(Kuokoa, 9/5/1863, p. 1)