Mo'okuauhau (Geneaology Research)


Mo'okuauhau (Geneaology Research)

A group created with the purpose of helping Hawaiians research their genealogy and make renewed connections with extended ohana via the internet.

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Comment by kukuna o ka la on March 13, 2015 at 2:42pm

Another old lady from Waimea, Kaua'i is about to pass away. 

She "walked with Our Queen".  Does that interest anyone ??

Comment by kukuna o ka la on March 5, 2015 at 3:24pm

Is it any wonder that the Kanaka Maoli are cautious

about signing anything or submitting their genealogy ??

Comment by Leinani Lee Cambra on November 30, 2014 at 12:14pm


I 've been trying to research my geneology from various stand points.  I was adopted before I was born and only recently within these past couple years discovered a very wide spread of names.  My biological Mom Kanani was adopted by the Karrattis.

My  Mom's biological Mom, Abigail was born to Eddie and Rose Kaiwa.  

Eddie Kaiwa's Mom, my Great Great Grandmother was Keliimoeone Nuuhiwa.

The Nuuhiwa name goes back centuries from what I've read and is linked to hundreds of other surnames via blood, marriage, or adoption.  The name even goes back to the 11th, 12th century of when Chief Maweke existed.

I realize that my roots are vast hailing from Kauai, some from Molokai, Hawaii island, French Polynesia.  I'm sure there are people on this site that are related to the Nuuhiwa name somehow.  If you have any info, I would love to hear from you.

I have a list of the surnames linked to Nuuhiwa.  Send me a shout out.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

I am also seeking info, regarding the surname Kealoha, which was my Great Great Grandmother's surname (Rose Carroll's Mom).  Leialoha Kealoha was her name.

Mahalo Nui

Comment by kukuna o ka la on September 30, 2014 at 9:04am
Comment by Mark James Miller on September 12, 2014 at 7:49pm

I have spent a very intense year of research into the Royal Family lines of Hawaii. If anyone needs info let me know.

Comment by j.moana nahiunu on August 28, 2014 at 8:45pm

Aloha Inaloka

i have info that i can share on the nahinu line from hookena,please contact me


moana nahinu

Comment by Terri Kauai on July 22, 2014 at 2:32pm

I am trying to trace the Poepoe line..I got up to Kamailolo Paaoao, father of John S. Poepoe of Honuaula, Maui.  Anyone know the genealogy before that?

Comment by Danielle Kapiolani Grauman on April 3, 2013 at 11:49am

aloha! I love reading everyone's posts. Thank you for being so thorough. 

I am researching my Ohana from multiple points on my grandfather's side (William K Namahoe): NAMAHOE, HONUNAKAHA, PUU, WONGHOE, KAUHOLA, KUAMO'O. The oral legend in our Ohana is that we are descended from High Chief Heulu and his son Keawe-a-Heulu.

On my grandmother's (Catherine Waiola Wong) side I am researching: WONG, HILINA'I, SPENCER, LEVY, KA'UPENA to name a few. (My 2nd great grandmother was Cecelia Ku'ualoha Kaupena-who allegedly was a lady in waiting for Queen Liliuokalani). My Tutu Ku'ualoha descends from KAHAOPULANI (the Hanai mother of Kamehameha I). My grandmother and her family talk that their genealogy hails from the Pele line.

Since my Tutu Namahoe was not raised by his family, our genealogy is scant.

And I sadly was not raised by my own father and have had to acquire most of my information the old fashioned way (which I love!). Thank OHANA and Malama Pono.


Comment by kukuna o ka la on February 27, 2013 at 2:58am

Dear Ms. Gora,

With the Rice v Cayetano Opinion guiding the fakeState,  it looks as though the maka'ainana will face another 1959 experience.  
If "democracy" is the guiding light in the formation of "the governing entity" by the withering Office of Hawaiian Affairs,  then the notion that the present inhabitants of the Hawaiian Islands would accept political rule by the Hawaiians,  an alien elite,  is far- fetched.  Yet this is the argument that "Free Hawai'i" is discussing.  The reinstatement of government by Hawaiians will be loved by almost everyone.

Truthfully,  we all live and breathe every day the rule by "alien elite" !

With all the trappings of "democracy",  our daily lives run into the fact that a small minority MAKES the final decisions at every turn.   

So how rational would it be,  for the Hawaiian politicians to be accepted by the present inhabitants of the Hawaiian Islands as a "dominant minority" ??

Big Islander Joseph Nawahi would ask: "Are the present inhabitants of the Hawaiian Islands READY to accept a "dominant minority" made up of Lei- Stand maka'ainana ??"

This is a mouthful !!  Thank Sweet Jesus for providing the UH Manoa "Brain Trust" to help us understand these problems.

Comment by kukuna o ka la on February 7, 2013 at 10:11am

Where is Your King ??

Where is Your King ??

Royalists !  Often at 'Iolani  I  hear like whisperings from the Palace.  
One afternoon Coach John Madden crossed my mind.  "He has one good hit left in him."

In the studio talking with veteran football players,  Coach John Madden from the Oakland Raiders would assess the physical condition of a retired champion player as well as the spirit of the gridiron hero with "Oh yeah.  He looks like he still has one good hit left in him !"  Meaning that  if we suited up this old timer in his pads and all,  the old timer would probably be able to throw one last Super Bowl type "hit" on his man.  

Gazing on 'Iolani Palace one thinks mainly about DEFENSE.  They asked Kamehameha the Great "Offense or Defense ??"  "Defense !" was His answer.  At 'Iolani Palace the Hawaiians played mainly Defense.  At the other Palaces across the Kingdom they played mostly Defense as well.  

I  thought about Kings and Queens of Hawai'i.  I  remembered my tour of the Bishop Museum.  Their descendants today look over their genealogies from time to time.  Some descendants are born into filthy rich Hawaiian families; some in a tent in Makaha.  It's impossible to tell which keiki might be destined to the Throne at 'Iolani Palace.  That's the way the world works !  So the thought crossed my mind as  I  glanced at that Palace: "Maybe the Hawaiians still have one good King left in 'em !"  

Who can doubt that the stage is here ?  What a beautiful Palace.

The immune systems of Hawaiians seem better now.  That's for sure !  But just like an oldtimer from the gridiron,  you have to worry about that last hit being fatal.  Who would venture to say definitely "The Hawaiians still have one good King left in them."  ?  Or "There's a chance that the Hawaiians still have one good King left in 'em."  But then  I  looked at all the big buildings standing around 'Iolani Palace.  They weren't here before time.  The Kings and Queens did not see these buildings when they looked out the Palace windows.  If there is one good King still left in the Hawaiians,  it looks like He will still be playing Defense.  I  guess one would look into the eyes of a child as well as study the way he walks and try to find the signs that the kid would be good on Defense.  If the kid looks like a good quarterback,  forget it !  

Of what use are the genealogies,  if the most important Succession is omitted ?? 

John Madden chats with Oakland Raiders Defensive End Matt Shaughnessy and Line Backer Trevor Scott (right).

Photo by Tony Gonzales.


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