OCTOBER 29, 2005


Born October 29, 1815, in Mokulēia, Waialua, Oʻahu, Samuel attended Lahainaluna Seminary, on Maui, where he learned to collect & preserve Hawaiian culture, language, and history.  In 1841, Kamakau helped form the Royal Hawaiian Historical Society.  From 1866-71, he wrote for the Hawaiian language newspapers Ke Au ʻOkoʻa & Ka Nūpepa Kūʻokoʻa, on the histories of Kamehameha I, the House of Kamehameha, and of Hawaiʻi.  Kamakau also served as a district judge in Wailuku, Maui; represented Maui in the House of Representatives (1851-60); and later represented Oʻahu (1870-76).  Samuel died in Honolulu, September 5, 1876.  The Hawaiʻi Book Publishers Assoc. annually presents the Samuel M. Kamakau Award for best Hawaiʻi Book of the Year.  On October 29, 1994, the Hawaii & Pacific Section, Hawaii State Library was named the “Samuel Manaiakalani Kamakau Room.”  In 2005, the Hawaii State Legislature declared October 29, 2005 “Samuel Manaiakalani Kamakau Day.”

Source:  “Samuel Kamakau,” PeoplePill.  Retrieved 7/31/2020, https://peoplepill.com/people/samuel-kamakau/
Sketch:  Author and date unknown.  Public Domain.  Source: Bishop Museum. 

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