THE LEGEND OF KELEA: “JOYFUL AT THE THOUGHT OF SURFING”

Samuel Manaiakalani Kamakau was a 19th-century native-born historian, teacher, and politician whose writings preserved much of Hawaii’s pre-contact traditional culture and history. Kamakau was the first person to write down the story of Kelea, the independent surf-struck chiefess from Maui. This version has been slightly edited. *  *  * Kelea was a beautiful chiefess with…