Kaua`i's King Kaumuali`i
Honoring the Legacy of Kauai’s Last King
Friends of King Kaumuali`i began formally in 2012 with the Mission to honor the last and great King Kaumualiʻi of Kauaʻi by:
– Creating awareness of his reign & role in Kauaʻi/Hawaiʻi history
– Creating educational and cultural programs for local and tourist communities
– Erecting an 8-foot bronze statue of the King at Pāʻulaʻula, Waimea (old Russian Fort)
Mayor Bernard Carvalho, by resolution, declared 2012-2013 as “The Year of the King“. A painting of the King by Brooke Kapukuniahi Parker was printed by the Hindu Monastery. Kauai District Superintendent Bill Arakaki assisted in distribution of these posters with an historical timeline for the King to every classroom on Kauai. At a local festival, Na Mele O Kaumuali’i, original musical compositions about the life, times, and places in the King’s life were shared.
February, a stage play presented at Pa`ula`ula depicted historical moments in the King’s life. It was repeated in 2015. The Friends were ably supported in these activities by the West Kaua`i Business and Professional Association World-renowned artist-sculptor, Saim Caglayan began work on a statue, using Ke’ao NeSmith, Kaua’i native and UH Hawaiian Language Professor as his model. (read more here)
The 3ft. bronze maquette was completed and unveiled at a royal pa’ina and lu’au at Smith’s Tropical Paradise in Wailua near where our Aliʻi was born at the sacred birthstones of Holoholoku. The maquette was created to travel the island and inspire residents to envision the full-scale model.
Friends of King Kaumuali`i received 501c3 federal non-profit status with a cultural/historical/educational designation. A county grant has been awareded to expand Na Mele O Kaumuali’i event into He Inoa No Kaumuali’i Ho’olaule’a – Na Makana Poina’ole which will include a Kaumuali’i themed student art contest and Kupuna directed traditional crafts to be made by participants.
Because our mission honors an Ali`i Nui, a Mo`i, it is fitting that
the motto of the campaign be expressed in his native tongue.
`A`ohe hana nui ke alu `ia.
No task is too big when done together by all.
We wish to enlist the support of students; civic, social, cultural, and community organizations; corporate and proprietary firms; and public and private foundations and philanthropies. The names of all donors will be encased in the pedestal of the statue. Most of all, we aim to enlist the support of families and individuals – the grass roots folk of Kaua`i – who time and again have demonstrated their kind and generous spirit in causes that reflect pride in our island community.
Please Kokua and donate now. Join us today in celebrating our beloved King Kaumuali’i and the rich heritage that is Kaua’i. Interested in volunteering or kokua opportunities? Contact us at kaumualiiohana (at) gmail (dot) com
ʻO wau iho no me ke aloha,
Aletha G. Kaohi, President
Contact Aletha Kaohi at 808-338-1332
Make donations to: Friends of King Kaumuali`i, POB 509, Waimea, Kaua`i, HI 96796.