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

On the moving of the Na-ha Stone to Hilo Library 100 years ago, and its history (2 of 6), 1915.

…the bitter words of Keawemauhili for his charge, Naeole gathered the young leaves of the bitter gourd [ipu awaawa] and broiled them until cooked, and fed them to Kamehameha as if it were young taro leaves,  and it is said that Naeole did this so that the biting and bitter words of Keawemauhili for his charge were neutralized, and those words spoken were those famous words of Hawaii nei of the olden days. “Nip the bud of the wauke while still young.” [“E o-u ka maka o ka wauke oi opiopio.”]

When Kamehameha grew older, and his own father, Keouanui, died, believed to have “been fed a cup of koheoheo by Alapainui here in Hilo,” [“hanai apu koheoheo ia e Alapainui ma Hilo nei,”] that is given poison in his food; Kalaniopuu, Keoua’s elder brother, was in the district of Kau, but moved forth to war with Alapainui, and war was fought where Kalaniopuu retreated. Afterwards war was waged upon the Son of Alapainui, and he died near Kawaihae, and all of Hawaii Island became ruled by Kalaniopuu. Continue reading

On the moving of the Na-ha Stone to Hilo Library 100 years ago, and its history (1 of 6), 1915.


These passing days, the Board of Trade of Hilo [Papa o ka Hui Kalepa o Hilo] is considering moving the Naha Stone [Na-ha Pohaku] from where it now is placed and putting it by the Library of the Hilo Town, and the Editor of the Hoku o Hawaii [S. L. Desha] was asked to tell of some things pertaining to this Royal Stone, and which were contained in the old history of this land, and that will become something for the Natives of this land to understand things about the history of this Birth Stone of the Alii of the Naha Class.

The Naha Stone spoken of in this story is the great Pohaku that is lies in Piihonua in Hilo Town on the Hilo side of Waianuenue Avenue, and is in front of the first house foundation of Governor Kipi of Hilo, and that place is named after an old Heiau called “Pinao.”

In the history of this Royal Stone, it is said that the Pohaku was brought from the Wailua River on Kauai, and it was brought upon double-hulled canoes, and it was brought by a high Chief of long ago named MAKALIINUIKUAKAWALE (m), and this pohaku was brought as a sign of chiefly births and this Pohaku Alii was placed before the Pinao Heiau. Continue reading

History and the kahu hanai of Kamehameha, 1911.


O Mr. Editor of the Kuokoa. With appreciation: Please allow my clarification pertaining to the person who raised Kamehameha I. which was shown in the newspaper Kuokoa Home Rula of the past 10th of February, 1911, which said that it was Naeole who raised him. Forgive me for my late response, but I just received the issue of the aforementioned newspaper from a friend last week, and so that the true person who raised Kamehameha I. is known, who is not Naeole, that is the reason I am disseminating this information without the intent to show my relation to royal genealogy, being that it is shameful to speak haughtily; there are many now living who are related to alii and who prize the alii genealogist who are written in the books about the relatives of the parents of Kamehameha I., and here they are:

Keaweikekahialiiokamoku (m) dwelt with Kalanikauleleiaiwi (f), born was Keeaumoku (m).

Keeaumoku (m) dwelt with Kamakaimoku (f), born was Keoua (m), the father of Kamehameha I.

Here is the mother’s side; Kalanikauleleiaiwi (f) dwelt with another kane, Kauauanuiamahi (m), born was Haae (m).

Haae (m) dwelt with Kekelaokalani (f), born was Kekuiapoiwa (f), the birth mother of Kamehameha I.

Kamehameha I was born of Kekuiapoiwa (f) at Ainakea, Kohala, Hawaii. They were living there at the time, and that is where King Kalakaua searched for and built the statue of Kamehameha I, and that is the truth; that is what I heard from my kupuna; he was not born on a canoe and not in Halawa or Kokoiki as it is being fabricated. Here is the story of his birth: Continue reading