The true story of Kaluaikoolau
The story of Kaluaikoolau (or Koolau) is one of Kauai's great legends. In 1892, after learning that he and his young son had contracted leprosy, Koolau fled with his family deep into Kalalau Valley. In June 1893 Koolau shot and killed a sherif and two Provisional Government soldiers who had been sent to arrest him. He vowed never to be taken alive and became a powerful symbol of resistance for many Hawaiians in the years following the overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani.The story of Koolau's last years, as narrated by his devoted wife, Piilani, was published in Hawaiian in 1906. In this volume, the Hawaiian text is preceded by an English translation that successfully retains the poetic imagery and figurative language of the original. Many writers have attempted to tell Koolau's story, but none have been able to match the simple grace and poignancy of Piilani's narrative. It is one of only a handful of historical accounts by a native Hawaiian.
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aia hoi aina aku ana Aloha oe Aloha wale ana aku aoao aole aole loa Aupuni elua haalele haawi haawina Haku hala hana haole hele hiki hoea hoike aku hookahi hooko hoomanao hoomanawanui hoomaopopo hope loa hopena huli husband ia aku ia makou ia manawa ia mau ia'u iaia iloko o ia imua ka'u kahawai kahi kakou Kalalau Kaleimanu Kaluaikoolau kana kaua Kauai kauhale kauoha keia manawa keia mau keiki kekahi kela kiai ko'u ko'u mau koke kona mau Koolau kuahiwi kuu kane laua lima loaa lohe mahope maikai makahiki makamaka makou makua malalo malie maluna mamuli manao manawa maopopo maua mea a pau nana noho noho ana nolaila noonoo oiai oiaio oukou paha pali piha Piilani pono pu ana puuwai ua ike ua kane wahi wahine waiho