Search Results


From the highest peak of Pu‘u Kukui to the shoreline of Kahului Bay, the ahupua‘a (land division) of Wailuku was a favorite place of Ali‘i and a ruling center of Maui. ‘Īao Valley is part of the ahupua‘a. For centuries, high chiefs and navigators from across the archipelago were buried in secret, difficult-to-access sites in the valley’s steep walls.

During Kamehameha’s conquest to take over the Islands, in 1790, he travelled to Maui. The ensuing battle (“Kepaniwai” (the damming of the waters)) started in Wailuku and then headed up ‘l̄ao Valley – Kamehameha’s superiority in the number and use of the newly acquired weapons and canon finally won the decisive battle at ‘Īao Valley.

Read More »


For a period of five years from the time of Cook’s landing at Hawai‘i, the waters of the islands were busy with ships, some of which were “friendly” and others that were “bent on destroying men and governments”. In 1789, Simon Metcalf (captaining the Eleanora) and his son Thomas Metcalf (captaining the Fair American) were traders; their plan was to meet and spend winter in the Hawaiian Islands.

The Eleanora arrived in the islands first; in February 1790, the Eleanora anchored off of Honua‘ula. One night, a chief stole a skiff and was taken to Olowalu and broken up, and the iron taken for fishhooks, adzes, drills, daggers, and spear points. Metcalf sailed to Olowalu and “opened fire and shot the people down without mercy … Because the brains of many were oozing out where they had been shot in the head, this battle with the ship Eleanor and her captain was called “The spilled brains” (Kalolo-pahu).”

Read More »

Timeline Tuesday … 1790s

Today’s ‘Timeline Tuesday’ takes us through the 1790s – including John Young and Isaac Davis joining Kamehameha, Vancouver visits, Battles of Kepaniwai and Nu‘uanu, etc. We look at what was happening in Hawai‘i during this time period and what else was happening around the rest of the world.

A Comparative Timeline illustrates the events with images and short phrases. This helps us to get a better context on what was happening in Hawai‘i versus the rest of the world. I prepared these a few years ago for a planning project. (Ultimately, they never got used for the project, but I thought they might be on interest to others.)

Read More »


Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands, and covers about 730 square miles.  Maui consists of two separate volcanoes with a combining isthmus

Read More »


“(S)everal islands were ruled by independent kings, who were frequently at war with each other, but more often with their own subjects. As one chief

Read More »