Kawelo story, 1909 / 2009.

The Great Story

OF

KAWELO

The Foremost and the Powerful, the One Who Put
Down the Strength of Kauahoa, the Youthful Hero of Hanalei;

TO WHOM BELONGED THE FAMOUS CLUB KUIKAA,
AND HIS WAS THE TRIPPING CLUB-WIELDING WIFE,
KANEWAHINEIKIAOHA

The writer of this Moolelo gives first his New Year Aloha to the friends and companions of the Pride of the Nation [Ke Kuokoa Home Rula], before putting before them a short explanation about things pertaining to this story. Continue reading

Story of Kawelo, 1908–1909.

THE STORY

OF

KAWELO

THE FIERCE FIGHTER OF KAUAI

AND THE OPPONENT OF

KAUAHOA

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)

HE MOOLELO NO KAWELO

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke III, Helu 36, Aoao 1. Dekemaba 31, 1908.

On Kaumualii and Kaahumanu, 1880.

[From: “Ka Moolelo o Kaahumanu”]

Kaahumanu was one of them who made a circuit of Maui, Oahu, and Kauai with Liholiho. When Kaahumanu arrived on Kauai, she took Kaumualii, the alii of Kauai, as a kane [husband] for herself. When Liholiho returned to Oahu, it was with Haakulou, the woman of Kaumualii; because Liholiho took Haakulou as a wahine [wife] for himself, along with his other wahine.

Kaahumanu lived on Kauai along with Kaumualii in the year 1822. Perhaps in the month of August.

Kaahumanu wanted to seek out Nihoa. It was the very first time that Nihoa was found, that tiny island to the North-West of Niihau. Continue reading