His name in Hawaiʻi became a symbol of the very highest ideals of chivalry in battle; Kukona (7th aliʻi ʻaimoku (high chief or king) of Kauai) was born in Kōloa and fought his defining battle at Poʻipū. His year of birth is estimated at around 1405. Combined armies of the other islands were set on taking Kauai.
The much smaller forces defending Kauai, led by Kukona and his son, soundly defeated the invaders after leading them inland and then surrounding them at the shore. Kukona captured all four chiefs of Hawaiʻi, Oʻahu, Maui and Molokai. Rather than kill then (and preferring peace,) he let them go on the promise that they never again make war on Kauai – the peace lasted for 400-years.