It's been awhile since I have posted.
That is because I have not made any progress.
I still have not made progress, however, there has been a flurry of activity and some new contacts.
1) I have been in contact with a cousin who has given me some information. I know she is a cousin because I already had her connected to my KAHANA tree, but up until now, I did not have contact with her. I do now.
We have had several conversations through email. She has been to Hawaii, as a teen and visited some KAHANA family members that live there! Up until this point I was not sure that we had family there. I finally have confirmation!
I now have addresses of a few family members in Hawaii. I am going to write letters to them. Hopefully they will be able to help me with my research. Maybe I will have family penpals I can write to on a regular basis! That would be cool!
2) I have been contacted by another person - also a KAHANA. This person had told me that all KAHANA families in the Islands are related. I do not know if she means literally related or if she is referring to what I have read about the Hawaiian concept of 'ohana' (family).
She had told me that sometime before her grandfather's time (?) that the KAHANA name was either shortened or changed. She said that the change/shortening was to HEKEKIA, and also the KAHANA names was still used. She said that KAHANA, HEKEKIA, and KAHANA HEKEKIA were all the same family.
She is going to give my information to her mother-in-law, who is the family historian, and will let me know what she finds.
I have done some preliminary research on the names that she had given to me, and although I had found some information, nothing yet to tie into my KAHANA tree.
I will keep looking.
3) In my search for the above name I came across a website:
I had found some of the people's names that were given to me. I had contacted the webmaster of the site and he had sent me an article for the 20004 Hekekia Family Reunion. The article included names and phine numbers of the people running the reunion. I had run a search in the Internet White pages for these people to get their addresses. I am going to write to them also.