Oral History Interview: Thelma Genevieve Parish

Thelma Genevieve Parish, a.k.a. Sister Parish, was born in 1918. She descended from prominent families in the history of Hawai‘i, and shared generational ties to the ‘ili of Pu‘uloa in Honouliuli Ahupua‘a. She was educated as an anthropologist, and became a Catholic nun serving for 50 years as a teacher and school administrator with the Order of Sacred Hearts. Sister Parish was a lifelong student of history and until her passing in 2004, she was working on a manuscript of Hawaiian history. Unfortunately her work has been left incomplete.

Ka‘uluakāha‘i (The Breadfruit Tree of Kāha‘i) at Kuālaka‘i

As cited in the tradition of Nāmakaokapāo‘o, Ka‘uluakāha‘i was the true father of Nāmakaokapāo‘o. In Fornander’s account, following his victory over the king of O‘ahu, Nāmakaokapāo‘o traveled to Kuālaka‘i where a supernatural breadfruit tree grew in a sinkhole-cave, and where royal gifts left to him were hidden by his father. Retrieving the items from Kuālaka‘i, Nāmakaokapāo‘o then traveled to Hawai‘i:

A Tradition of Kauilani

“He Kaao no Kauilani,” the tradition of Kauilani, spans various islands of the Hawaiian Archipelago. It follows the children of chiefly parents with a godly lineage. The parents of Kauilani and Lepeamoa were Keāhua and Kauhao, both of whose names are commemorated as places in the Mānana-Waimano vicinity of ‘Ewa. Kauhao’s father was Honouliuli and his mother was Kapālama, for whom the lands which bear their names were given. The daughter Lepeamoa was born in a supernatural form, possessed of both nature and human body-forms.