Tuesday, August 11, 2015

“The child will not die, he will live.”

“The child will not die, he will live.” There, in a shallow seat formed by a hollow in the top of a large rock, the mother had sat as she enjoyed her bath. Suddenly she was seized with her birth pains. Aided by her attendants she struggled to the near-by shore. There, grasping the trunk of a coconut tree to support and sustain her, she gave birth. Early in the morning, the child was born but as it appeared to be stillborn. Then came Kaikioʻewa from some miles away, close to Kuamoʻo, and brought with him his prophet who said, “The child will not die, he will live.” His exact birth date is not known; however, a generally accepted date is August 11, 1813. Never-the-less, Kauikeaouli (Kamehameha III) was apparently an admirer of Saint Patrick and chose to celebrate his birthday on March 17. (Kauikeaouli died December 15, 1854 (age of 41.))

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