Kukona- Brooke K. Parker
Kukona was the Ali’i Aimoku or sovereign of Kaua’i when Kalaunuiohua of Hawai’i made his descent on the coast of Koloa, and in that neighborhood was met by Kukona and all the Kaua’i chiefs. On the hills above Koloa on the island of Kaua`i stood the heiau and enclosures of the palace of the reigning king of that island kingdom, the gracious Kukona.
His name became in Hawai`i the symbol of the very highest ideals of chivalry in battle. Long before the great sails of Hawai`i and her allies were seen, the court priests of Kaua`i had come before Kukona to warn him of the impending invasion. “And what is the outcome to be?” Kukona had asked, “Victory or defeat for us?” The priests had answered one word, “Victory!” Kukona turned his eyes away and he wept, “O, that the blood of my people and my children, must flow again over their sacred land”.
Kukona was victorious in defending his lands and people from the invading armies. He spared the kings who had come to conquer him. Instead of death, he gave them presents: to their men he gave provisions and supplies. He repaired their canoes and gave them more from his own fleets. He sent them back to their own realms over the seas in the regal state befitting a sovereign king of Hawai`i.