In praise of Mataio Kekuanaoa, 1871.

The different Father of Chiefs.

In the monthly magazine, Harper’s of New York, we came across in the April edition, a short story about something done by the Alii Father [Makua Alii] who has passed, and it reports:—

The latest received from the “Pacific String of Hills” speaks of a regular practice carried out in the Hawaiian Islands; during the times when it was a regular thing for the American Consul to sit at court when an American sailor was on trial for disturbing the peace. When a case came before the traditional judge, the Governor Kekuanaoa, the American Consul objected to the testimony of a Hawaiian on the grounds of perjury. At which the Governor replied, “Yes, I am aware of this; but the same may be true of the sailor. The two of us must hear both sides and then rule on this matter.”

When we read this, we recalled that is the different way the Father of Chiefs did things; he listened to both sides first, and when that was finished, he would decide what was proper. Aloha to him and his deeds of steadfast righteousness.

(Au Okoa, 4/13/1871, p. 1)

O ka Makua Alii okoa no.

Ke Au Okoa, Buke VI, Helu 52, Aoao 1. Aperila 13, 1871.