Paao Pili and Kamehamehas ties in Samoa


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Kamehameha, Tamehameha it is signed in the first signatures of him, was the great warrior King of Hawaii was the first in written history to unify the Hawaiian Isles under a single kingdom. Samoans in causal conversation will pronounce his name Tamameamea, suggesting a connection to Samoa. Although he may or may not have direct connections to Samoa, his family and Hawaii does.

If you look at the Big Island of Hawaii it is most likely named after the Bid Island of Samoa, Savai'i as the S and H are interchangeable between the languages. On the North West coast of Hawaii is the Kohala coast, at the North point is Upolu point, the second largest Island in Samoa.

The legend of Paao ( Pāʻao ) and Pili ( also known as Pili kaaiea (or Pili auau) explains why Upolu is the name of the northern point in the big island of Hawaii. Paao was a priest, brother to Lonopele of Upolu Samoa. The two brothers arguments grew to war. Paao was forced to leave Upolu with his warriors and families, through the deep ocean to Hawaii . They first settled in Hawaii in Puna near Hilo and with the Hawaiians built the Heiau (temple) at Wahaula.

Paao later sent for Pili a high chief from Upolu, Samoa. Once in Hawai'i they moved from Hilo, to Waipio Valley, and finally to the Kohala district. Here Paao built the then built the Mookini (Heiau) temple and named the location Lae Upolu, the Cape of Upolu.

From around 1100AD the two families of Paao and Pili would hold high priest and chief titles.

Kamehameha the great along with many other Hawai'ian Ali'i (chief) including Kaumuali'i are direct descendants of Pili. Kamehameha's high priest was the direct descendant of Paao, who later ironically assisted abolishing the 700 year old religion when Christianity was brought to Hawaii by the European sailors.