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Kānaka Insights

Aarona, William Ithiel "Buck"
William Ithiel Aarona was born at Hanalei, Kauaʻi on October 19, 1899.

Ackerman, Howard (with Harriet Ackerman)
Howard Ackerman was born at Kalamawaiʻawaʻawa in 1932.

Aholo, Lydia Kaonohiponiponiokalani
Lydia Kaonohiponiponiokalani Aholo, the hānai daughter of Queen Lili‘uokalani, was born on February 6, 1878 in Lahaina, Maui.

Ashdown, Inez
We first met Inez Ashdown on September 2, 1983. The date is easy to remember because it was Lili‘uokalani’s birthday.

Cachola, Fred Keakaokalani, Jr.
The first thing you should know about this self-described "kuaʻāina kid" is that his heart is in Kohala.

da Silva, Reverend Ernest Gomes
Ernesto Gomes da Silva arrived in Honolulu on April 12, 1888, aboard the English sailing vessel Thomas Bell after a 156-day journey around the Horn.

de Silva, Lorna Pi‘ilani Theresa Pratt
Our tūtū, Lorna Pi‘ilani Pratt de Silva of Hōnaunau, Kona, Hawai‘i, is a direct descendant of both Keawe‘īkekahiali‘iokamoku and Keawe‘ai.

Dinson, Pearl Pualani Lincoln
Grandma was the first born amongst her siblings. Her father named her Pearl because he admired the name.

Dudoit, Nawahine
Kupuna Nawahine Dudoit was born and raised at the old Kalaeloa light house on the island of O‘ahu in the ‘Ewa moku.

Estrella, Isabelle "Sweetheart" Alapa‘i Ha‘upu
Eia ku‘u kupuna wahine, ‘o Isabelle "Sweetheart" Alapa‘i Ha‘upu Estrella kona inoa. Ua hānau ‘ia ‘o ia ma ka lā 13 o Malaki i ka makahiki 1936.

Howell, Juanita Momi Wong
Our mother Juanita Momi Wong was born on November 6, 1918, at her family home in Camp One, Sprecklesville, Maui.

Ka‘aha‘aina, Mary Ann Kanani Cordes
"Nānākuli Grandma" was what I called Mary Ann Cordes Ka‘aha‘aina, and it was a name that fit her well.

Ka‘anana, Eddie
If I learned anything from my weeks with ‘Anakala, it is the absolute truth of traditional Hawaiian "indirection."

Kaiwi, Alva Mahealanipilialoha
My grandpa Alva "Mahi" Kaiwi grew up with his grandfather, tūtū man Kaua Kupihea, on an old fishing village located in the bay area of Neneʻu.

Kaleikini, Jacob Pi‘iakanoa Sr.
My great-grandpa Jacob Pi‘iakanoa Kaleikini was born on July 14, 1915, the youngest of six children in his family.

Kalili, Gustave Kaleohano
Gustave Kaleohano Kalili, my kupuna kāne kualua, was born on December 24, 1883 in Lā‘ie, O‘ahu, to Kalili Nahuina and Kalelaina Kaleohano.

Kaluna, Mary Keola
My kupunahine kuakahi Mary Keola Kaluna was born in Kaloko, Kona, Hawaiʻi to Puahinano Kahale and Moses Kaʻaihue Kaluna.

Kāneakua, John Mahi‘ai
On October 9, 1860, my great-grandfather John Mahiʻai Kāneakua was born in Honuaʻula, Maui to his loving parents Alexander and Kanuha Miller.

Kanuha, Joseph Kawai‘elelani "Big Joe" Sr.
Wahi a kuʻu kupuna wahine, "He kanaka kuikawā loa kou kupuna kāne. He mea ‘ōkoʻa nō hoʻi ‘o ia."

Kapaona, Anna (Ana) Kahā‘ulelio Kahaleuahi
Anna Kahāʻulelio Kahaleuahi Kapaona, my great-grandmother, was a full-blooded Hawaiian whose first language was ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.

Keala, Samuel Aukai Jr.
My Papa was born on October 5, 1930 in Keālia, Kona, on the Big Island of Hawai‘i, to Samuel and Charlotte Keala.

Keli‘ipa‘akaua, Joseph Kepo‘ohunaikeaouli Jr.
Mr. Joseph K. Keli‘ipa‘akaua was born at Ke‘ei, South Kona, Hawaiʻi in 1929.

Ke‘ohohou-Mitchell, Myra Luika Maile
Myra Luika Maile Ke‘ohohou-Mitchell was born at Pōhakupa‘akai (Kapahukapu) in 1930.

Lyman, Richard Ka‘ilihiwa "Jewellel" "Papa" Jr.
Papa was born in Hilo but was raised twenty-five miles away in Kapoho, a little village in Puna at the end of the railroad.

Maioho, Bill Kaihe‘ekai
This video from Nā Momi Hoʻoheno Oral History Series features Bill Kaiheʻekai Maioho, Kahu of Maunaʻala Royal Mausoleum.

Manaku, Rosina Kaleionehu
My grandma, Rosina Kaleionehu Manaku was born to John and Rose Manaku on May 8th, 1906, in Honolulu.

Mo‘okini, Esther T. "Kiki"
Esther Mo‘okini was presented the first Pa‘a Mo‘olelo Award (Distinguished Historian Award) by the Hawaiian Historical Society on October 22, 2005.

Nahulu, Eli Kau‘i
‘O Eli Kau‘i Nahulu ko‘u kupuna kāne. Ua hānau ‘ia ko‘u tūtū kāne ma ka lā 20 o ‘Ianuali, i ka makahiki 1937, ma Honolulu, O‘ahu.

Naluai, Abigail Duarte
My grandma is the keeper of the Family. She is the glue that binds us together and the foundation that holds us up.

Nu‘uhiwa, Esther Kameakaulana
Esther was born on September 22, 1892, on the Kalāhiki channel going from Ni‘ihau to Waimea, Kaua‘i.

Panee, Aileen Emma Chong Hoon
My Puna or great-grandmother Aileen Emma Chong Hoon Panee was born to Chong Tai Hoon and Emma Mai Kaaloa Kaleo on June 7, 1911.

Pānui, William Kalikolehua
William Kalikolehua Pānui was born at Keʻei, South Kona, Hawaiʻi, on November 16, 1928.

Santos, Eva Pualeilani Soares
Eva Pualeilani Soares Santos was raised on her family’s 24 acre property along Hālona Road in Lualualei, Wai‘anae.

Shiroma, Edna Kealohapau‘ole Ho‘okano
‘O Edna Kealohapau‘ole Ho‘okano Shiroma ko ko‘u kupuna wahine inoa piha. ‘O "Ed" kona inoa kapakapa.

Sproat, Bill
A visit with Uncle Bill Sproat of Pololū Valley – June 1985.

Wong, Alexander Kaleipapanuionamoku
Born on Hawaiian homestead land on May 3, 1926 in Papakōlea, O‘ahu, my grandfather Alexander Wong was the oldest son of nine siblings.

Wong, Wallace Fook
‘O kēia ka mo‘olelo e pili ana i ko‘u kupuna kāne. ‘O Wallace Fook Wong kona inoa.