This chapter describes the social landscape of the North Kohala residents. There are numerous Kamehameha descendants in the region, and people speak with intense pride about their connection to the “Native Son” who united the Hawaiian Islands. This pride in family connections extends to any link with the Hawaiian aliʻI, signifying a cultural system of identity in Hawaii that places central importance on genealogy. For instance, many in the community point to a woman named, Marie Solomon, as the most respected kupuna, not only because she is a descendant of Kamehameha, but because her family had come from and was buried in the area where Kamehameha had lived for much of his young life.
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