Kuhio: Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole Piʻikoi (1871–1922)

Kuakini: John Adams Kiiapalaoku Kuakini (1789 – December 9, 1844) was an important adviser to Kamehameha I in the early stages of the the Kingdom of Hawaii. In 1820, he was appointed to the position of Royal Governor of Hawaii island when the capitol of the kingdom was relocated from Kona to Lahaina, and served in that capacity until his death. He additionally functioned as Royal Governor of Oahu for several years beginning in 1833, appointed by his sister, Queen Regent Ka`ahumanu. He served in the House of Nobles from 1841 – 1843. He is our inspiration for making positive contributions to the Kona community. He was born about 1789 with the name Kaluaikonahale. With the introduction of Christianity, Hawaiians were encouraged to take British or American names. As an example of his royal manner, he chose the name John Adams after John Quincy Adams. He gave land to missionaries to build Moku`aikaua Church, and others on the island. He built Hulihe`e Palace with an American design, but with Hawaiian materials and building techniques, using ohia and koa woods, and an exterior of lava stones mortared together using coral. He extended the ahupua`a walls around the Kona village of Kailua to control the wild cattle set free on the island by Vancouver. This work became known as Ka pā nui o Kuakini (“The Great Wall of Kuakini”), some of which still stands today.

Our Club: The club was chartered with the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs in 2003. The name of Kuakini was chosen to revive the name of an disbanded club established by Uncle George Naope, a legendary kumu hula and co-founder of the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival.

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