Clarice B. Taylor on the Beckleys, 1960.

Clarice B. Taylor’s

Tales about Hawaii

Captain George Beckley and Family

The Beckleys are a proud family. They have a right to be.

Their story is well known because each generation of Beckleys has produced a writer, one who could tell the family stories and keep them before the public. The most prolific of these writers was the late Ahuena Davison Taylor, wife of the late A. P. Taylor.

Beckleys married writers. Prominent was the late Emma Nakuina, mother of Fred Kahea Beckley, who wrote authoritative legends and a paper on the old water right system of ancient Hawaii. Continue reading

Emma Kaili Metcalf Beckley Nakuina, 1847-1929.


Was First Woman Judge Under U. S. Flag; Daughter of Hawaiian Chiefess

The first woman to be a judge in Hawaii under the American flag, Mrs. Emma Kaili Metcalf Beckley Nakuina died early today at the home of her son, Fred Beckley, in Kaimuki. She was born March 5, 1847, in Manoa valley, Oahu, the daughter of Theophilus Metcalf, a sugar planter, and Kaili Kapuolono, chiefess of Kukaniloko. Continue reading

Emma Nakuina tells the story of Hiiaka, 1883.


A Hawaiian Legend by a Hawaiian Native. A Legend of the Goddess Pele, Her Lover Lohiau and her Sister Hiiakaikapoliopele.

The crater of Kilauea on Hawaii, is the residence of the Goddess Pele. She had eight sisters, all called Hiiaka, with some distinguishing ending, as Hiiaka-noholae, (Hiiaka living on the headland), Hiiaka-wawahilani, (Hiiaka the heaven breaker,) Hiiakaikapoliopele, (Hiiaka in Pele’s heart) etc. The latter commonly called the Hiiaka is the heroine of this legend. Pele had also several brothers Kamohoalii, Lonomakua, Lonoonolii, etc.

All her brothers and sisters were subordinate to her, but Kamohoalii was her favorite brother and Hiiakaikapoliopele the favorite sister. Tradition is not very explicit as to the source of Kamohoalii’s power, but he has always been regarded as the very sacred royal brother of Pele. The brothers and sisters seem to have had great respect foreach other and never trespassed on one another’s privileges, or interfered with each other ‘s actions. Uwekahuna the high bluff of the crater walls beyond the sulphur banks is supposed to contain a large cave, his dwelling, and the bluff is known as “Ka-pali-kapu-o-Kamohoalii” (the tabu cliffs of Kamohoalii.) Smoke from volcanic fires has never been known to be blown against them. True believers stoutly insist that smoke could never by any possibility bend or be blown against it, as that would be a gross violation of the royal privileges of the sacred brother. Continue reading

More about snow on Molokai, 1912.

We received word saying that some precipices of the Olokui Mountain, Molokai is covered with snow; it was half a century ago when snow first fell on that island. The Koolau side of Molokai is tremendously cold. [He muekekei hoi a kau hapa mai, hoi ka mehana a ka wili huluhulu. ??]

[Although the previous article says Emma Nakuina thought there never was snow on Molokai before, this here seems to say that snow was recorded on Molokai some time before this!

And does anyone have clarity on the last sentence of the article?]

(Kuokoa Home Rula, 3/15/1912, p. 1)

He lono kai loaa mai nei...

Kuokoa Home Rula, Buke X, Helu 11, Aoao 1. Maraki 15, 1912.

If you think we’ve been having strange weather lately… Snow on Molokai? 1912.



On her way home from Molokai, Mrs. Emma Nakuina brought proof of snow [hau sano] falling on Molokai, and you can clearly see the whitening of the mountain tops behind Pukoo with snow. In the history of the inhabitation of Molokai, there has never been seen this amazing thing on that island from the beginning, and this is the first time that snow has been seen falling on Molokai. According to Mrs. Nakuina.

H. D. Bowen stated that snow fell in great quantities on the mountain behind Pukoo, so that you could see clearly the patches of snow in many places on the ridges as well as down in the valleys.

You can see the snow all the way from the harbor of Pukoo and the shore, according to Mr. Bowen. He has some land next to [illegible because of fold] and while he was there, he saw the snow.

I believe this is the first time that man remembers that snow fell on Molokai, said Mrs. Nakuina.

So it is perhaps because of the cold we’ve had these past days that snow fell on Molokai. According to the scientists, the time is coming where the tropic zone will become arctic, and will be covered in snow. Could this be the beginning of this?

[See the article from which this was translated [?] and more in The Hawaiian Star, 3/11/1912, pp. 1 & 5.]

(Aloha Aina, 3/16/1912, p. 1)


Ke Aloha Aina, Buke XI, Helu 11, Aoao 1. Maraki 16, 1912.

Monument to Kamehameha III planned by Daughters of Hawaii, 1911.

Monument Planned

Daughters of Hawaii Plan to Build Monument to Kamehameha III

In a meeting held by the Daughters of Hawaii at the residence of Mrs. L. A. Coney, on Richards Street last week, to think over the subject of building a monument to the alii, Kamehameha III, at Keauhou, Kona, Hawaii; it was undertaken and considered with much enthusiasm by all members present.

The place mentioned above for the building of monument is currently upon lands of the Bishop Estate, and is a very good area desired for that planned project. The ladies named below were chosen as a committee to decide the kind of monument that would be appropriate to be built at that place.

Another subject on the agenda of that meeting was the considering of a proper name for the park in Nuuanu, the first home of Queen Emma Kaleleonalani, and they decided that the park would be called “Emalani Park,” after Queen Emma. Mrs. Ellen Weaver was the committee chosen to go to meet with the Chief Executive Officer of the Campbell Estate. The last subject of that meeting was the decision to send letters of sympathy to Mrs. Nakuina for the passing of her loved ones, her husband and their daughter; with consideration of other small organization business—the presentation by the regents of their annual reports, and as a result of these presentations, the remaining funds of the organization was made clear.

(Kuokoa, 10/27/1911, p. 1)


Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLVII, Helu 43, Aoao 1. Okatoba 27, 1911.