HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - What started out as an elementary school assignment turned into a published book for this 10-year-old student author. And with the help of his illustrator father and family-historian grandfather, the family produced Kohala Kuamoʻo. Amy Kalili has more.
I never knew this would happen. I'm pretty excited and I'm pretty happy about what's happening with me and my family.
Papa 4, Kamehameha Schools – Kapâlama
Ua pûʻiwa wau, akâ nui ka hauʻoli.
ʻO ka mea i haʻi mua i ka moʻolelo, ʻo ia nô ko Kekaulele tûtûkâne ʻo Walter a na ko Kekaulele pâpâ nô ʻo Aaron i kaha i nâ kiʻi no ka puke.
The story of "Kohala Kuamoʻo" came from Kekauleleʻs own tûtû, Walter, and his dad, Aaron, illustrated the story.
We felt as a family, we just wanted to do this for our own ʻohana. It was a story to tell, because you know the birth of Kamehameha is familiar to most Hawaiians, but not this story.
Walter Kawaiʻaeʻa, Jr.
Kekaulele's Grandfather & Historian
He moʻolelo no Kamehameha. Pono e haʻi ʻia.
He ʻohana ʻo Walter a Naeʻole, ka mea i hoʻopakele iâ Kamehameha ma kona wâ ʻakahi a hânai ʻia i ʻole e pepehi ʻia e kekahi aliʻi.
Walter descends from Naeʻole, who saved the infant Kamehameha at birth.
If he didn't run away from the assassins, people who wanted to kill him, there would be no Kamehameha, these islands wouldn't be united, and we might not even be here.
Kekaulele's Father & Illustrator
Inâ ʻaʻole i hoʻopakele ʻo Naeʻole iâ ia, ʻaʻole paha loaʻa ʻo Kamehameha a pçia ke aupuni o ko Kamehameha wâ.
Pili ka mole o ka moʻolelo i ka inoa o kçia moʻopuna Kawaiʻaeʻa, ʻo Kekauleleanaeʻole.
The root of the story is tied to this young Kawaiʻaeʻa's name, Kekauleleanaeʻole.
Kekauleleanaeʻole means "the flight of Naeʻole".
ʻO ia nô ke kaulele ʻana aku o Naeʻole.
Mea nui iâ tûtû kçia ʻike a maopopo leʻa o Kekaulele i ka manaʻo a moʻolelo o kona inoa.
Grandpa wanted to make sure Kekaulele understood his name.
He told me my name thousands of times even when I was a baby and I couldn't even comprehend what he was saying.
Moʻolelo mau mai ana ʻo ia no ka manaʻo mai koʻu wâ kamaliʻi hoʻi.
Wahi a ka moʻolelo, ua ʻauheʻe aku ʻo Naeʻole me ia pçpç aliʻi mai Kokoiki a hiki loa aku i ʻÂwini.
The story tells how Naeʻole fled with the infant from Kokoiki to ʻÂwini.
All along the way, he would stop at these villages. And the names that we call them today, those names came about as a result of that night's flight.
Like Puʻu Maunakea, like Hâwî, Makapala, Kapaʻau, all those places.
Kapa inoa ʻia nâ wahi âna i kipa ai no nâ mea i ʻike ʻia ma ia holo ʻana e laʻa me Puʻu Mauna Kea, Hâwî, Makapala, Kapaʻau a pçia aku.
I Wakinekona D.C. ana ʻo Kaulele me ka ʻohana no ka papahana hoʻolei kiʻi hoʻomanaʻo o Kamehameha. E laha ana nô kçia moʻolelo o Naeʻole ma o ka hana a kçia mau hanauna o kona ʻohana.
Kekaulele and his ʻohana were invited to Washington D.C. for the Kamehameha Statue lei draping. What great exposure!
Hopefully this book will encourage people to be more proud of their heritage and where they come from.
He leo paipai kçia i ka poʻe e kû haʻaheo i kad moʻokûʻauhau a one hânau.
ʻO wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha.
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