“He was born on the Island of Oʻahu, about the close of the last century. His father belonging to the party of a defeated chief, fled with his son to Waimea, Kauai, while there (1809,) an American merchant vessel … touched for supplies.” Kanui and his brother caught a ride on the ship and ended up in Boston.
He came back to the Islands with the Pioneer Company of missionaries. Kanui was the first to return to the “old ways.” He left the Islands and joined the California gold rush in 1848; he later returned to the Islands and established a school; “after wandering twenty years, has returned to his duty as a teacher.” He died at Queen's Hospital, January 14, 1864 (about 66-years old.)
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