“’We are fortunate; blessed be the name of the Lord.’ These were her last words.” Lydia Panioikawai Hunt French (Panio) was born in Waikele, Ewa, on the 15th of July, 1817. She married William French (Mika Palani) (a leading trade provisioning the whaling ships that called in Honolulu) in 1836. Governor Kuakini was the one who married them.
French had property on the Island of Hawaiʻi, with a main headquarters at Kawaihae, shipping cattle, hides and tallow to Honolulu; he hired John Palmer Parker (later founder of Parker Ranch) as his bookkeeper, cattle hunter and in other capacities. French built a couple houses in Waimea, the property became Parker’s home while he worked for French. (In addition, in 1840, this is where French built his original home in Waimea.