NĀ MŌʻOLĒLO | THE STORY OF KAʻIANA
Standing six foot two, the muscular, handsome, and charismatic aliʻi Kaʻiana has been described as “surely the most famous Hawaiian in the world when he was killed in the battle of Nuʻuanu in 1795.”* He had traveled to China, the Philippines, and the northwest coast of North America. His travels were chronicled in subsequent books and tales, so his fame spread wide. He was even said to have worn his malo and ʻahuʻula while striding through the streets of Canton/Guanzhou with his ihe in hand. Stories such as these ensured he was the person many foreign voyagers had heard of and would seek out when they came to Hawaiʻi.
Kaʻiana was a Kauaʻi chief, but when his ship returned to Hawaiʻi, he heard that Kaʻeo, the chief of Kauaʻi, bore him ill will, so he went on to Hāna and then Kealakekua. When he returned to Hawaiʻi Island, he was welcomed by Kamehameha upon a fleet of twelve canoes. He became a great favorite of Kamehameha’s, and even led the famed Mahi battalion for a time.
As Kamehameha and his forces sailed to Oʻahu for what would become the Battle of Nuʻuanu, Kaʻiana found himself shut out from Kamehameha’s war council. Accounts vary as to why this took place, from the chiefs merely disagreeing with Kaʻiana’s strategies to Kamehameha’s jealousy over the handsome Kaʻiana’s interactions with Kaʻahumanu.
What the sources, Hawaiian-language and English agree upon, is that Kaʻiana then decided to switch sides and join up with Kalanikūpule of Oʻahu. When he told his wife Kekupuohi what he planned, she tearfully told him that she would remain loyal to Kamehameha, and they parted ways.
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