Mary Polly Paʻaʻaina was hanai (adopted) by John Papa ʻIʻi and his wife Sarai. In May 1843, Paʻaʻaina was the last girl to enter the Chief’s Childrens’ School; she was 10 years old. She was a pupil there for 7-years where she endeared herself to her teachers and fellow pupils.
Then, she married Mr James Augustus Griswold on December 30, 1851, in Honolulu. Unfortunately, she became ill. “Her sufferings during her last sickness were extreme. She felt conscious of danger, and, as far as human eye could see, prepared herself for her departure.” She died at Honolulu, May 28, 1853. Her only child was a daughter named Mary Paʻaʻaina Griswold.