S. M. Kamakau, whose writings provided much of the material used by author Alexander in his “Brief History” which appears weekly on these pages, will be honored on Monday as a collection of his manuscripts is published by the Kamehameha Schools Press under the title of “Ruling Chiefs of Hawaii.”The 440-page book, regarded as an invaluable addition to works on Isle history, goes on sale tomorrow at the Bishop Museum and at leading Honolulu book stores.
[This famous Hawaiian was born in Ewa, at Mokuleia, Waialua, on Oahu, on the 29th of October, 1815. His father was Kapakanaka, the child of Kuhemu, the child of Haupu. His mother was Kaaoaoakahaiaka, daughter of Leihulu and Kaonohiakala. He wed his wife, S. Hai, who is grieving, at the sheltering breadfruit of Lele, Lahaina, on the 24th of November, 1844. During their days together living quietly, they had seven children, four who died and three still living. He was known by the lahui as one who kept the genealogies of the alii of Hawaii nei, and the history of this archipelago, and with his death, it is like Hawaii has been dealt with a great loss of an adviser in such things, being that it was as if he was the only one who reached such a rank. (Lahui Hawaii, 9/7/1876, p. 2)]
(Star-Bulletin, 3/5/1961, Hawaiian Life Section, p. 23)