Pololu, Kohala – short story

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Pololu

MY PHOTOS ARE SCENES FROM POLOLU VALLEY, END OF THE ROAD OF KOHALA. MY PATERNAL GREAT GRANDMOTHER ON MY FATHER’S MATERNAL SIDE, MARY K. KUPUKA’A IS BURIED AT OUR KUPUKA’A GRAVESITE ABOVE THE SCENIC POINT OF POLOLU VALLEY ON THE PROPERTY NOW OWNED BY FAULSETTO SINGER/MUSICIAN, KINDY SPROAT. MY UNCLE “KUPA” SOLD THIS PROPERTY FOR $1K WAY BACK WHEN BECAUSE NO ONE WAS ABLE TO CARE FOR IT DUE TO THEIR MOVE TO OAHU. MY PATERNAL GRANDFATHER HENRY MOAE NAIHE WHO IS BURIED AT OUR NAIHE GRAVESITE IN WAIAPUKA (LAST GATE BEFORE POLOLU VALLEY AKA: PU’UHONUA ‘O WAIAPUKA and SITE OF KAMEHAMEHA POND) WAS FIRST AND ONLY TO TAKE A MODEL “T” ENGINE AND TURN IT INTO A WATER PUMP FOR HIS TARO PATCH IN POLOLU VALLEY. HE DIED WHEN MY FATHER WAS ONLY 2 YEARS OLD AND WAS THE LAST OF THE NAIHE’S TO BE BURIED IN WAIAPUKA. OUR FAMILY CLEAN UP IS THIS AUGUST, 2008 AND HOPEFULLY I WILL BE ABLE TO SHARE PICTURES AND THE SCENERY WITH YOU THEN. WAIAPUKA CATHOLIC CHURCH WHICH IS A LISTED HISTORICAL SITE, IS JUST 2 MILES BELOW OUR GRAVESITE

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23 Responses

  1. Aloha Na’ihe family,
    I work at a botanical garden and Hawaiian cultural site here in Manoa Valley on Oahu. The Cooke family own the property but we have school tours daily so that children can see the native plants and the ancient agricultural heiau on the property. Charles Montague Cooke, who built the house on the property in 1911, used to know a la’au lapa’au named Ka’ahaina Na’ihe of Keauhou, Hawaii. They were very close. We have a photo of her from the early 1900s. Is she your relative? Please let us know if you have more information about this remarkable woman.
    Mahalo, Margo

    • sorry for the delay. Could you send a picture of her to me? Was she birth a Naihe or married to a Naihe?

      • Hi Stephanie,
        Sorry for the long delay!! I did not check your site for many months. Yes, I am still trying to figure out the history of the person named Kaahaaina Naihe who was associated with the Cooke family in the late 1800s and early 1900s. I believe she was from Kona or South coast of the Big Island. Please email me directly and I will respond with some more information. — Margo

      • Hi again,
        I looked into my files to get some names for you.
        Kaahaaina Naihe- born around 1835 in Nahauo, Maihi, North Kona. Her mother was Papaikamau and her father’s mother was Kamoku Namakeha (according to M. K. Pukui 1995, 236). she was a singer, weaver, chanter, laau lapaau and a cultural informant for some anthropologists. thanks – Margo

      • I do have a picture of her done by artist

      • Hi Stephanie,
        The Kaahaaina Naihe that is connected to the Cooke family (not related to Capt Cook) was married to a Naihe. Have you found out anything new about her lately?
        Margo

      • Aloha Stephanie,
        Thank you for sharing story’s and knowledge here.
        I read in you corespondence that you have a picture of Tutu Ka’aha’aina’akahaku Naihe done by an artist. Is it possible to ge a copy. Tutu Ka’aha’aina’akahaku is my tutu man’s aunt who took care of him Tutuman Kahale’ani’ani.
        My email is gingerkaila@gmail.com

    • Aloha, I never heard a response from you. We are related to the Naihe’s of Kona, but from my continued contact not many kept their genealogy intact – why I do not know. I have email contact of Naihe’s in Kona, Hana Maui, Mainland, etc most whom are my relatives, the Kona ones we have yet to see their total genealogy make up. I would love to view or have a copy of Ka’ahaina Naihe of Keauhou, Naihe does have property there as recorded history went on lease way back when by permission of Naihe wife of Kapiolani I. Naihe’s attended Kalahikiola Church and lived at many ahupua’a here in Kohala. Most do not have the first name but note if member, died or moved – I keep the records for the church on this.

      • Aloha, and mahalo for sharing what you know of Ka’aha’aina Naihe. Papa Ola Lokahi is honoring her later this month for stories that have been passed down referring to her as a healer. But we’ve learned so much more about her many talents and connections. She saved the life of the infant Charles Montague Cooke (no relation to Capt Cook). Mahalo.

    • I have contact w/Naihe’s in Kona, we are related but they do not have their genealogy intact. However we favour each other in looks. Please send me a copy of the picture at NAIHE@msn.com Wasn’t the name spelled Cook? My understanding is that initially Naihe gave Cook permission to live on the land at Kealakekua and also donated land where the Cook monument is today in Kealakekua so it sounds like the same family Cooke

    • Aloha kaua a nui! Ka’aha’aina’akahaku Na’ihe is known in my family as our great grandmother; and in Hana, Maui–as a mother-in-law and grandmother. Does anyone have a date on her passing? I recall that my ohana, in the early 50’s, prepared in silence to go to Bishop Museum to honor her. The silence, when it comes upon us, was taken as a sign of kapu (we did this for gathering, fishing, and other special events–being quiet). I do have stories. Ka’aha’aina raised my grandfather, George Kahale’ani’ani Kaimihana–a blind fisherman who led canoes to the opelu or akule; their fishing-grounds were from Keauhou to Kapukapu (Kealakeakua) – south – to Mahukona, north.
      The home tutu was raised in, I found out much later, was gifted for his lifetime (we at the time were under Cooke Trust, which was dissolved); and it overlooked Keauhou Bay. This was tutuman’s home; and at the entrance to the bay, my grandmother’s home (inhabited and cared for by my grand-aunt, Mary Ha’ani’o). Ka’aha’aina was not only into la’au lapa’au but other facets necessary and common place for Hawaiian sustainability (you might say). My mother and two aunts (of a nine member sibling group), now passed, spoke of Ka’aha’aina with great love; and I have had conversations with old man Henry Peters from Moloka’i, as well as Pepe Cooke. It is largely because of the ohana stories that art became a part of my life, career, and everlasting love for Hawai’i. O wau no Al Lagunero–noho ‘au Pulehu ma Kula, Maui.

    • Aloha can you please send me a picture of her she is my great-grandfathers auntie, his name is George Kahaleanianii Kaimihana who was the blind fisherman from Keahou Bay, Kona. I heard she swam in that bay when she was over a 100 years old.

      • Aloha Lee, It’s so nice to see ohana here. My great-grandfather is also Kahaleaniani mytutu is Tutu Elizabeth Kaila Ka’ao’aoila’aopuhene Kaimihana she past away in 2011.I live on Maui and I see your uncle Al about once a month. I have a nice pix of tutuman with my tutu. please contact me personally via email gingerkaila@gmail.com and i will send you my cellular then.

  2. E welina e na ohana Naihe,
    I’m looking for a Naihe who is connected to Tutu Naluahine Kaopua/Kaukaopua who settled in Kahalu’u, N. Kona. His records show a Naihe who was of high status at Kahaluu and moved to N. Kohala. Any info is appreciated whether connected or not.. Mahalo nui NT Flo

    • Naihe’s resided at different Ahupua’a here in Kohala – almost side by side to each other. Do you have the first name of this Naihe or dates – I have a list of Naihe’s from different Ahupua’a that have moved out of Kohala in the past during the start of the plantation days and prior as I take care of some records.

      • Also, I have a cuzn that has connection up to Naihe from the Kaleo side on Maui – is this a connection?

    • Aloha Flo,
      David Roy, deceased, also shared stories of Ka’aha’aina’akahaku with me in the 1970’s. I believe that Ka’aha’aina was very sociable in the Kona area; and the proximity of Kahalu’u to Keauhou makes us family (the dust of Ka’u). David shared that tutu was referred to as tutu Pele (out of fear); and that her red eyes, white-hair, and age contributed to this characterization by them (as children). As to the connection between Naluahine Kaopua you might contact (Google it) my cousin, Lily Ha’ani’o Kong (via a coffee retailer in Kona). At Kahalu’u, I recall a name (Ah Moe, Aumoe – hapa pake’ wahine)…just above Kahalu’u Bay, now Ali’i Drive. My cousin, Lily, may have completed a book of stories (commissioned, I think, by Bishop Estate) of the area Keauhou to Kona (town). There’s a story of the cave connections where the young people met; and then, at the Keauhou Resort hotel next to Kahalu’u Beach Park there are maps which identify some small kine thievery going on in that area — olden days.
      I will be able to check some matters of genealogy (Kaumuali’i on my grandmother’s side which includes much family from Hilo to Kona).
      Keep contact until then. Aloha wale no!

    • Lanai (AKA Kahinu) was the high priest of Pua-noni heiau and his brothers were Naihe (lived in Kohala) and Laa-nui (lived in Puu-makani, Kau). Lanai oldest, Naihe 2nd oldest, and Laa-nui yougnest were brothers from Maui at the request of Kamehameha. Lanai was over seven feet tall, a man of strength, very proficient in lua, and in battle.
      Lanai was also knowned as Kahinu, because of his using the coconut oil over his body, and he was the special messenger for Kamehameha going after his personal garments and war implements. When Kamehameha died he took care of Kuakini. When Kuakini died he took care of his bones at Poo-Hawaii.
      Lanai was Naluahine’s great-grandfater.
      This information is contained in a letter from Henry Kekahuna to Charles Kenn in 1950.

  3. Kaleo side on Maui we are related if it is the same records and relative of K. Blaisdell. We are in contact from Maui by phone call every other month or so. If it is that connection then yes. As to Naihe’s in Kohala, if you know the ahupua’a I can help otherwise no first name is given for any Naihe’s form Kohala, they were known from what ahupua’a but were all related. I keep the protestant church records on this as the royals were visiting members and shared a pew with my ancestor here in Kohala

    • Try George, Leimana, Raymond. Ka’aha’aina originally from Hilo; a member of the Ho’a family. She had four husbands and outlived them all (she was a centenarian++). Keep in touch. Ka’aha’aina had paddlers for her canoe travels throughout the islands; and if cultural patterns serve correctly, it was to maintain the family health and welfare (she was frequently with Lili’u, especially to shop in Honolulu).

  4. kalamai ia’u for not getting back to all of you after I asked the question, mahalo nunui for all of your info..yes, I got in touch with Lily Kong and worked along side of her in Kahaluu doing the ohana presentations for the educational classes with the high school students. Naihe was mentioned in tutu Naluahine Kaopua’s notes saying he, Naihe, was of N. Kohala…you are all so precious…mahalo mahalo for all you do and share…much aloha nt Flo.

  5. Aloha,
    My Tutu Eliza Nahoeu ( Kaimihana ) was raise by Kaahaaina Naihe when she was a little girl. My great grandmother was Rachel Lahela Haanio ( Kaimihana ). I’m still doing some resource on the family. Would be great to know the rest of my ohana. I only no so little of Kaahaaina Naihe, besides being a Laau Lapaau, Lau Hala Weaver, Chanter & ect. I had an honor to have met the Cooke family they are so passionate of Kupuna Kaahaaina Naihe for what she had did. Would like to no a lot more. keep in touch. Mahalo Danielle

    • Danielle, this WordPress and knowledge of others will help us learn of our Ohana. Tutu Ka’aha’aina’akahaku Na’ihe and Tutuman George Kahale’ani’ani Kaimihana. I have done many research and have a 15 page family tree given to me that was done by Great Aunt Kamaka. Tutu Ka’aha’aina’akahaku goes back from me about 6 generation on the Kaimihana Ohana.
      Mahalo to all who have input on this word press.
      Ginger Elizabeth Kaila-Theiss
      Kihei, Maui Hawai’i
      Gingerkaila@gmail.com. ( would love to receive any and all information, pictures to share with our Ohana)

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