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Aloha Lā Hānau e Kuaihelani Campbell!

August 21, 2019 Kawena Komeiji
A picture of Abigail Campbell with her four children.

August 22nd marks the birthday of one of our namesakes, Abigail Kuaihelani Campbell. Born in 1859 in Lahaina, Maui to Mary Kamai Hanaike and John Maipinepine Bright, Abigail married James Campbell in 1877 at the young age of 19. Together, they had seven children. After the overthrow of Queen Liliʻuokalani in 1893, Kuaihelani and her husband remained staunch royalists. Kuaihelani became president of the Hui Aloha Aina o Na Wahine, alongside Emma Nawahi. The Hui Aloha Aina o Na Wahine was instrumental in gathering signatures for the anti-annexation petitions (also known as the the 1897 Kūʻē Petitions). You can see Kuaihelani’s signature on the leaves of the kalo art piece on the Reference Desk. Two years after James died in 1900, she married Samuel Parker of the Parker Ranch in Waimea, Hawaiʻi while her daughter, also named Abigail, married Prince David Kawananakoa. Kuaihelani died in 1908 after a surgery for breast cancer.

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A picture of Bernice Akamine's kalo art piece, which sits in the James & Abigail Campbell Library
Bernice Akamine’s kalo art piece features leaves made up of the 1897 Kūʻē Petitions. These particular signatures come from our moku (ʻEwa) and our namesake, Abigail Kuaihelani Campbell, signed off as President of the Hui Aloha Aina.
A picture ofthe lyrics to Lyrics to He Inoa No Ka Peresidena Kuaihelani
Mele written for Kuaihelani by James M. Kealoha from the newspaper, Ke Aloha Aina, 9 October 1897.
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