Kaua`i's King Kaumuali`i
Honoring the Legacy of Kauai’s Last King
Honoring King Kaumuali`i
ʻAʻohe hana nui ke alu ʻia
No task is too big when done together by all
The Friends of King Kaumuali`i was initially organized in 2004 for the purpose of honoring the last independent Monarch of Kaua`i by erecting a statue in his likeness to commemorate his reign and his sacrifice to save his people from the ravages of a war against the overwhelming forces of Kamehameha I. Unfortunately this first effort did not sustain itself, and the project languished.
In 2012 The Friends renewed its resolve to honor the last Ali`i Nui of Kaua`i. They began by creating awareness of Kaumuali`i among school children through a partnership with the Kaua`i District of the State Department of Education. Posters with the King‘s image were placed in every classroom, and distributed to private schools as well. Public school teachers were encouraged to include information about King Kaumuali`i in their lesson plans and a time line of the King ‘s life was furnished by The Friends to assist them in that regard. Mayor Bernard Carvalho, by Resolution, declared 2012-2013 as “The Year of the King “.
In October 2013, an event at Waimea’s C.B. Hofgaard Park featured original compositions by several songwriters who crafted songs about the life, times, and places of Kaumuali`i. That was followed in February 2014 with a stage play at Pa`ula`ula (Russian Fort) written by The Friends depicting 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. Their support continues today.
In 2014, The Friends reached the crest of the hill on meeting Saim Caglayan, a world-renowned artist and sculptor with studios in Hanapepe and California, and a residence in Kilauea. He willingly undertook the task of designing and overseeing the production of a life size statue of the King. A maquette – a small preliminary version of the final sculpture – was created. Kaua`i native and UH Hawaiian language professor Keao NeSmith served as the King’s model. The sculpted clay maquette is now at a foundry in California where it will be cast in bronze, from which measurements for the final statue will be calculated.
The capital campaign to raise the money to produce and erect the statue is now at hand. We need to raise $300,000. 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 hope 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.
Those interested in supporting this fund raising campaign to erect a life size statue.
CONTACT Aletha Kaohi or Carrie Newcomb at 808-338-1332, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make donations payable to: Friends of King Kaumuali`i
Mail to: P.O. Box 509, Waimea, Kaua`i, HI 96796.
ʻO wau iho no me ke aloha,
Aletha G. Kaohi, President
Statue of King Kaumualiʻi: Fund Raising will begin with a cover feature of King Kaumualiʻi on the September issue of the community monthly magazine, For Kauaʻi. The statue is to commemorate Kaumualiʻi’s life and his role in the history of Kauaʻi. The Kaumualii’s decision to cede Kauaʻi to Kamehameha I in 1810, prevented a slaughter of Kauaʻi natives at the hands of insurmountable forces under Kamehameha’s command. That decision alone merits a statue as an everlasting honor. The goal for the statue is $40,000 to be erected at Paʻulaʻula (Russian Fort) in Waimea.Kaua`i Mayor proclaimed 2013 – 2014 the “Year of the King”, in honor of King Kaumuali`i
Master Painter & Sculptor, Saim Caglayan
When the nonprofit organization Friends of KIng Kaumuali`i was establlshed in 2004 to fundraise for a statue of Kaua`i’s last king, the task was short lived due to their not finding a sutiable picture of the king.
It wasn’t until 2013 that a picture was revealed and accepted to be used to create the statue. Read the cover story in the September issue, page 3.