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He Wahi Moolelo No Na Lawaia Ma Kapalilua, Kona Hema, Hawaii

By Kepa Maly

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Title: He Wahi Moolelo No Na Lawaia Ma Kapalilua, Kona Hema, Hawaii  
Author: Kepa Maly
Language: Hawaiian
Subject: Non Fiction, Auxiliary Sciences of History, Hawaiian Education
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Maly, B. K. (n.d.). He Wahi Moolelo No Na Lawaia Ma Kapalilua, Kona Hema, Hawaii. Retrieved from

A collection of historical accounts and oral history interviews with elder Kama'ainan fisher-people from the Kapalilua region of South Kona, island of Hawai'i.

This volume, compiled at the request of Scott Atkinson on behalf of The Nature Conservancy, includes excerpts from selected historical records and oral history interviews with elder kamaaina of the Kapalilua region of South Kona on the island of Hawaii. The area traditionally identified as Kapalilua extends from the Kealia-Hookena section of Kona to Kaulanamauna, situated on the Kona boundary of Kau, and includes the lands of Papa, Hoopuloa, and Milolii (Figure 1). The archival-historical research and oral history interviews conducted for this study were performed in a manner consistent with Federal and State laws and guidelines for such studies. Among the pertinent laws and guidelines are the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966, as amended in 1992 (36 CFR Part 800); the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's “Guidelines for Consideration of Traditional Cultural Values in Historic Preservation Review” (ACHP 1985); National Register Bulletin 38, “Guidelines for Evaluating and Documenting Traditional Cultural Properties” (Parker and King 1990); the Hawaii State Historic Preservation Statue (Chapter 6E), which affords protection to historic sites, including traditional cultural properties of on-going cultural significance; the criteria, standards, and guidelines currently utilized by the Department of Land and Natural Resources-State Historic Preservation Division (DLNR-SHPD) for the evaluation and documentation of cultural sites (cf. Title 13, Sub-Title 13:275-8; 276:5 — Draft Dec. 21, 2001); and the November 1997 guidelines for cultural impact assessment studies, adopted by the Office of Environmental Quality Control (which also facilitate the standardized approach to compliance with Act 50 amending HRS Chapter 343; April 26, 2000). The selected historical documentary research cited in this volume represents the findings of 15 years of research by Kepa Maly, and provides readers with access to several important sources of documentation pertaining to native Hawaiian use and management of land and fishery resources. Documentation from — traditional lore (some translated herein by Maly); native land records of the Mahele Aina, including documentation covering the period from ca. 1819 to 1855; the Boundary Commission Testimonies of native witnesses ca. 1870 to 1880; Kingdom and Government communications (ca. 1850-1900); and historical journals are cited. The primary interviewees were born between 1899 to 1931, and are, or were all native residents of the Kapalilua lands, and are descended from families with generations of residency on their lands. All of the interviewees were brought up in families that fished in the traditional system, observing ancient customs and beliefs, and fished as a means of survival and sustaining their families. Their recollections and descriptions of practices, span their own life-times, and draw in the knowledge and expertise of their own elders, dating back to the 1840s. Six of the primary interviews were conducted between 1996 to 2002, prior to initiation of the Nature Conservancy study. Both follow-up and new interviews were conducted with four interviewees as a part of the present study. All of the interviewees shared personal knowledge—either in native beliefs, traditions, customs and practices; the locations of, and types of fish caught; or about the changing conditions of the resources—in Hawaiian fisheries.

Table of Contents
Introduction -- 1 -- Background and Approach to Conducting the Study -- 1 -- Interview Methodology -- 1 -- Release of Oral History Interview Records -- 3 -- Contributors to the Oral History Interviews -- 3 -- Kapalilua Lands And Fisheries: A Historical Overview -- 5 -- An Overview of Hawaiian Settlement -- 5 -- An Account of the Naming of Kolo and Olelomoana (Human Bone Used to Make Fishhooks) -- 6 -- The Journal of Chester S. Lyman (A Journey along the Coast of Kapalilua in 1846) -- 7 -- Kaao Hooniua Puuwai no Ka Miki - The Heart Stirring Story of Ka Miki (recorded in 1914 -- 1917) -- 9 -- Kapalilua: Places, Features, Fisheries and Practices Described in Kaao Hooniua Puuwai no Ka Miki -- 10 -- Accounts of Niuhi Shark Hunting in “He Moolelo Kaao no Kekuhaupio, Ke Koa Kaulana o ke Au o Kamehameha ka Nui” -- 20 -- H.W. Kinney’s “Visitor’s Guide” (1913) -- 24 -- Kapalilua Fishery Rights And Land Tenure Defined -- 26 -- Mahele Aina: Development of Fee Simple Property and Fishery Rights (ca. 1846 -- 1855) -- 31 -- Kapalilua Boundary Commission Testimonies (ca. 1873 - 1882) -- 36 -- Kapalilua in Hawaiian Kingdom Survey Records -- 38 -- Families Of Kapalilua In The Present Day -- 41 -- Ka Hana Lawaia: Kamaaina Observations (CA. 1905 TO 2003) -- 42 -- Ka Aina me ke Kai Lawaia — Lands and Fisheries of Kapalilua Described in Oral History Interviews -- 43 -- Louis Kanoa Hao, Sr. (1996) -- 44 -- Mary Tom Ahuna (1999) with Amoi Yee (and family members) -- 74 -- Hannah Grace Kawaauhau Acia & Ohana (1999) -- (Interview 1) -- 90 -- Hannah Grace Kawaauhau Acia (2000) and Ohana, makai at Olelomoana (Interview 2) -- 109 -- Hannah Grace Kawaauhau Acia (2000), and Ohana, makai at Hoopuloa (Interview 3) -- 114 -- Walter Keliiokekai Paulo (2002) (Interview 1) -- 137 -- Walter Keliiokekai Paulo (2003) (Interview 2) -- 165 -- Edward T. Kaanaana (2002) -- 216 -- Eugene “Gino” Keawaiki Kaupiko (2003) -- 247 -- Samuel Kamuela Waha Pohaku Grace (2003) -- 282 -- References Cited -- 309 --


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