Fragments of Memory: Tales of a Wahine Warrior

Fragments of Memory: Tales of a Wahine Warrior Fragments of Memory Tales of a Wahine Warrior lani cupchoy As a child of the native Hawaiian diaspora, I have always maintained a deep connection to the homeland. In 2004 by serendipity and through family connections, I met native elder Mahilani Poepoe, and through her I heard of the story of Hawaiian warrior woman Chiefess Manono and decided to track her fragmented narrative. The following are two ways to tell her story. First, only the facts that few would challenge: In 1819, in a valiant last effort to save the old Hawaiian religion, Manono, the warrior wife of Chief Kekuaokalani, fought bravely and died at the Battle of Kuamo`o. After Chief Kekuaokalani was killed on the field, Manono was hit in the temple by a musket ball and fell dead upon the body of her husband. My own reconstruction takes considerably more liberties in bringing to life Manono's experience: Born in the 1780s in Wahine Pe`e on Maui Island, Manono was one of three children of the chief of the Kohala District on the island of Hawai`i. At a young age she fell in love with and married Chief Kekuaokalani, the young kahu (minister) of Kk`ilimoku from the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies University of Nebraska Press

Fragments of Memory: Tales of a Wahine Warrior

Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Volume 31 (2) – Aug 28, 2010

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Fragments of Memory Tales of a Wahine Warrior lani cupchoy As a child of the native Hawaiian diaspora, I have always maintained a deep connection to the homeland. In 2004 by serendipity and through family connections, I met native elder Mahilani Poepoe, and through her I heard of the story of Hawaiian warrior woman Chiefess Manono and decided to track her fragmented narrative. The following are two ways to tell her story. First, only the facts that few would challenge: In 1819, in a valiant last effort to save the old Hawaiian religion, Manono, the warrior wife of Chief Kekuaokalani, fought bravely and died at the Battle of Kuamo`o. After Chief Kekuaokalani was killed on the field, Manono was hit in the temple by a musket ball and fell dead upon the body of her husband. My own reconstruction takes considerably more liberties in bringing to life Manono's experience: Born in the 1780s in Wahine Pe`e on Maui Island, Manono was one of three children of the chief of the Kohala District on the island of Hawai`i. At a young age she fell in love with and married Chief Kekuaokalani, the young kahu (minister) of Kk`ilimoku from the

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Published: Aug 28, 2010

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