Hey everyone...well, I guess it's actually just me right now, but I thought maybe if anyone else joins the group they could introduce themselves and say what their research interests are, that way it might be easier to help people find what they're looking for and we can all get to know each other. I guess I'll start... :)

Aloha, my name is Kamaoli Kuwada. I've researched in the newspapers, at various times: the troublesome transition from Hawaiian to English, Kaluaikoolau, fairy tales translated into Hawaiian, fishing, a little bit about nets, a little about Joseph Poepoe, and some other stuff I can't think of right now. Anyway, if anyone is interested in any of those things, I'd be happy to share.

me ke aloha,

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Hi Kamaoli,

My question has to do with the newspaper and stories about Hewahewa and his daughter Pa'alua. Did you ever come across them in the newspaper?


'O Kawehioakalaninui-I-iamamao Kanui, ko'u inoa visiting from Waimanalo. My interest has been in the areas of Hawaiian history, genealogy, commerce and the laws of Ko Hawai'i Pae Aina (something I just learned this past weekend), that that is the original name of Hawai'i as our country and not the Hawaiian Kingdom Government. I also learned that the cross on the so called, "Hawaiian Flag" was originally blue and not red as it is today...and, that that flag went with the 1839 Declaration of Rights...a very important historical information I never knew before. I believe it's always good to leave your mind, heart and emotions calm and collected.

Right now, we are in the planning stages of our family reunion involving the descendants and ancestors from Pa'ao to Hewahewa to be held in Waimea in October 2008. About 5,000 people are expected to attend from all over the world and the whole event is being organized by our 'ohana who have skills, resources and a plan for Waimea valley.

As chair for the legal committee we will look at all the legal issues that could arise in the planning, implementing and exiting from the valley on the 8th and 9th...truly grasping who we are, where we are and most importantly, where we are going as a people...not individuals...we are 'ohana, always will be and now we must figure out how are we all going to live here harmoniously...where else to do it but in Hawai'i.

At the same time, I will suggest to the members on my web sites: "Spiritual World and The Whole Bag of poi" on maoli world. My hope with Spiritual World is to bring together a group of people to fast, pray and to support issues very important to get to the next level of political independence and spiritual enlightenment through diplomatic ways, that is of Keakua...man is the tool used to accomplish the task, for the 'ohana.

"The Whole Bag of Poi," started out being a video idea with mmy cousin and I...but he got ill and I went on to other more important matters. I still want to complete my producers class, get certified and do my own show...thus the title... I am seriously thinking about putting our concerns on the webradio from Hawai'i.

Anyway, that's a tiny bit about who I am, my interest and what I would like to know if you came across newspaper articles about Pa'ao down to Hewahewa? Also, if you came across Pa'alua, Hewahewa's daughter who supposedly died a pauper. I ask myself, "how can that be?" So back to the drawing board.

If you know of anything about them please let me know. I would appreciate that. mahalo, Kawehi.
Aloha e Kawehi e,
Sounds like an awesome (and huge) family reunion. In regards to the stories, have you tried running a search on www.nupepa.org? There is definitely a lot of stuff pertaining to Hewahewa and Paao in the Hawaiian newspapers. For example, one of my coworkers previously found a short obituary of Hewahewa from Ke Kumu Hawaii, one of the earlier papers:

Ke Kumu Hawaii, 4/26/1837 p 96

Ua make, ma Waimea Oahu, Feb. 16, o Hewahewa; Oia ke kahuna nui o Kamehameha i ka wa e hoomana ai i na kii.
Eha paha hebedoma kona mai ana; ua like kona mai me ko Kaahumanu mai hope loa.
I kona manawa e mai ai ua weliweli nui ia i ka hewa, a i kona la e make ai ua nonoi oia i kekahi hoahanau e pule pinepine i ke Akua nona, a ua pule no oia nona iho me ka weliweli.
Pomaikai ka poe lohe i ka ke Akua olelo i ka wa kamalii, ke malama lakou ia ia.

There are also references to Hewahewa and Paao in places like Poepoe's "Moolelo Hawaii Kahiko" and the series "Ka Hoomana Kahiko" which had various authors. Just a quick search on nupepa.org should turn up some interesting stuff and you can see what stuff you know already and what's new to you. Same thing for Paalua, although I think that'll be a little trickier to search because that term might appear more frequently than the others. If you find stuff that you need help translating, you might want to try and check out the group "Ka Unuhi." Hope some of that is helpful.

me ke aloha,
Aloha Kakou,

My name is Kealani Cook. I'm going into my first project using the Hawaiian-language papers this summer. My dissertation is going to be on relationships between Hawaiians and other islanders in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I'm starting with Kalakaua's efforts to create a confederacy with Samoa and Tonga, but I'm not sure what else I'll be covering. Most likely the Hawaiian missionaries will be included, but I'm at such an early stage I can't be sure.


Aloha e Kea e,
That sounds like a neat topic. I always thought the whole thing with Kaimiloa was pretty cool. What discipline are you in? There's an interesting series of articles by John Tamatoa Baker (the person mentioned in one of the other posts in this group) that talks about his travels throughout Polynesia and maybe some other places, but I can't remember. Some of the letters from various Hawaiian missionaries are microfilmed as well I think. A lot of them are boring, like "we just received a bucket of nails today" kind of stuff, but some of it is a little more engrossing. Not sure if you've already checked these sources, but might be some interesting stuff there. Anyway, good luck:)

me ke aloha,
Eo e Kamaoli, auhea 'oe?
Ma o...ma anei... Aole i loaa ia oe ka'u wahi comment ma kau aoao?
Akahi no au a 'ike, a ua waiho au i ka pane pu....uhm, minamina au i kou hele 'ole i ka la 'apopo.
Aloha kakou. 'O Kameananiokalani Walker ko'u inoa. My interests are genealogy, la'au lapa'au, 'olelo, art, sailing, fishing, gathering, nature, mo'olelo, and learning how things went down especially from the perspective of 19th century Kanaka Maoli since it is the other side of the coin that I have finally discovered exists. I'm also interested in your mana'o since I rarely get to discuss anything related to Hawai'i with anyone. I want to go back home to go to school - although I'm not really sure how to achieve that just yet - and to kokua anywhere I can. I want to study everything but my heart is with 'olelo, la'au lapa'au, fishing, and sailing. I hope to get to know all of you. Mahalo.

Me ke aloha pumehana,

We all need a break and extra blessings. I'm just joining and finding the Hawaiian newspaper a source to conduct genealogy. Noelani Arista had mentioned about it and happy to inform you that is an added benefit for Hawaiians to do their family research too! It's has been some time speaking 'Olelo Hawaii since 1997. I'm slowly refreshing my skills one day at a time. I've translated some articles using the Hawaiian dictionary. It slow, but achievable. Patience is a virtue!


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