THE FIERCE FIGHTER OF KAUAI
AND THE OPPONENT OF
The Handsome Youthful Hero of Hanalei
“E Kawelo-lei-makua, e pae,
E Kamahana a ka lapa o Puna,
Na maka o Halona iluna,
Kuu haku, kuu lawaia alii o Kauai.”
[O Kaweloleimakua, land,
O Kamahana of the ridges of Puna
The eyes of Halona above,
My lord, my fishing chief of Kauai.]
Maihuna is the father, Malaiakalani is the mother, Hanamaulu is the land of birth of Kawelo.
There are five in Kawelo’s generation, the first being Kawelomahamahaia, followed by Kaweloleikoo, both boys; following was born Kaenakuakalani, a female, and after her was Kaweloleimakua, the one who this moolelo is about, and after him was Kamalama, the beloved younger sibling of Kawelo…
[This is how the moolelo of Kawelo begins as it appears in the Hilo newspaper, Hoku o Hawaii. The story runs from 12/31/1908 to 3/25/1909, and is not attributed to a given writer, however, looking at the other moolelo in the newspaper published around the same time, it is probably submitted by William Hyde Rice.]
(Hoku o Hawaii, 12/31/1908, p. 1)
Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke III, Helu 36, Aoao 1. Dekemaba 31, 1908.