Kamehameha and His Warrior Kekūhaupi‘o
Stephen L. Desha
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From 1920 - 1924, Reverend Stephen L. Desha published a series on the ali‘i, Kamehameha Paiea, and the great warrior, Kekūhaupi‘o, in his weekly Hawaiian language newspaper Ka Hoku o Hawaii. Kekūhaupi‘o, a master of Hawaiian martial arts, first served as Kamehameha's instructor in the skills of combat before becoming his stalwart bodyguard, fearless warrior, and trusted advisor. Desha uses the character of Kekūhaupi‘o to largely retell the story of Kamehameha. Lovingly translated by Frances N. Frazier, the text retains much of the eloquence that places Desha among the foremost Hawaiian writers of his time.