Kamaka Stillman refutes the story about Naeole raising Kamehameha, 1911.

A Response by “O-u-ka-maka-o-ka-wauke-oi-opiopio.”

Mr. Editor of Ke Au Hou:

With appreciation:—Please allow me my clarification pertaining to the one who raised Kamehameha I that was shown in the newspaper “Kuokoa Home Rula” on the 10th of February past, 1911, which said that it was Naeole. But forgive me for the tardiness of my response, for I soon received my issue of that paper mentioned above from a friend last week, and in order that the actual person who raised Kamehameha I is made known, that it is not Naeole as is being stated, that is why I am publishing this without intent to elevate chiefly genealogy, for the rude statements are embarrassing; there are so many people who are associated with alii, and covetous of alii who have genealogies that are printed in books. Pertaining to the parentage of Kamehameha, here it is: Continue reading

William Panui talks about fishing, 1989.

[Found under: “Storytelling now a respected art”]

William Panui: Fish tales

Pacific Islands: Reef fishing on the Big Island

William Panui was adopted by his grandparents and grew up on land the family owned at remote Keei Beach on the South Kona coast.

His grandfather—Lui Kauanoe Panui—only spoke Hawaiian and taught him the old ways of fishing. “The old techniques depended on what was available,” he said. “Now you can just go to the store and buy everything you need.” Continue reading

The passing of Abbie Puaoi, 1918.


O Kuokoa Newspaper, Aloha oe in sadness:—I ask for your patience in carrying my parcel of sadness in some space of your delicate body, and may it carry it forth and announce to the multitudes of family, companions, and friends of my dear wife, who live from the east where the sun rises at Kumukahi on the island of Keawe, all the way to [the west] where the sun sets at Lehua, that my dearly beloved wahine, Abbie Puaoi, has left this life, and has glided away on the path taken by all living beings.

She left me and our beloved lei [children] mourning in sadness and heart-wrenching sorrow in the morning of Friday, June 28, 1918, half past seven o’clock, after just being ill for one week. Auwe, how sorrowful!

My dearly beloved wahine was born in Hookena, South Kona, Hawaii, on the 22nd of December, 1887, from the loins of her parents, Mr. John Nahinu and Mrs. Kapule Nahinu. She was taken to hanai when she was a baby by her hanai parents, Mrs. Louisa Aukai and Joseph I [?? Mrs. Louis Aukai Josepeh I], of Nawiliwili, Kauai; and so that is how she was separated from her parents and lived on the island that snatches the sun [Kauai]. Continue reading

Daniel Akana Ku, Jr., musician, 1927.


Expert Guitar and Steel Player.

This is a picture of a Hawaiian boy skilled at the steel guitar and the guitar, and Mr. Sam Ku, Jr. is his older brother. He was born in Honolulu; his mother is Mrs. Elena Mahu, and Sam Ku, Sr. is his father, one of the guards at the insane asylum.

They have two sons; it is Sam Ku, Sr. [Jr.], his older brother, who is travelling about foreign lands as an expert at playing the steel guitar, and this skill that he has is what his younger brother is using on Kauai; he is totally knowledgeable and proficient in this.

In his infancy, he was taken as a hanai by Albert Akana and Mrs. Mary Akana Mahu, and because of the frailty of his foster parent, he returned to Kauai until the passing from this life of his adoptive parent, this past August; he remains with his mother and it is he that is taking care of her and her needs.

(Kuokoa, 10/27/1927, p. 4)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXVI, Helu 41, Aoao 4. Okatoba 27, 1927.