I am a novice at genealogy, even more so the novice with regards to Hawaiian culture, but my search has lead me thus far to this forum by searching for links to the Kuamo'o name. My maternal ancestry has the surname Akau. I have had only a few clues left to me through oral tradition handed down through various of my elders and my grandfather, who is the only surviving elder in our family of his generation of Akau with recollection of oral traditions about our family.
I hope to connect with other branches of the Kuamo'o namesake to help flesh out for myself, and the current and later generations of my family who our Hawaiian ancestors were. I have the distinct impression from my grandfather that there was a serious effort within our family to suppress knowledge of Hawaiian culture and prevent its transmission, although certain customs were observed without explanation, such as the avoidance of eating shark meat.
This is all that I know:
1. the family aumakua is shark 2. the family Akau come from Hilo and descend from the Kuamo'o name via a fisherman named David Namau'u Kuamo'o (listed as Namau'u Kuamo'o in the 1900 U.S. Census of Hawai'i married to Kaiewe Kuamo'o) who fathered Rose Kalokelani Kuamo'o, my grandfather's grandmother, who married Wilhelm Georg (William George) Clause Wedemeyer, Sr. We are uncertain if Namau'u was the original surname subordinated to first name in favor of Kuamo'o, or perhaps as a transcription error since the Census lists them as illiterate of English langauge (and presumably ignorant of clerical records-keeping conventions regarding the distinction between surname and given name). 3. one of our ancestors served in Kamehameha I's army 4. one of our ancestors was the keeper of Kamehameha I's horses 5. one of our ancestors was a lady-in-waiting for Queen Emma 6. one of our ancestors was ali'i
If any of this connects to your own family traditions I would be greatly appreciative of any information you may be able to share with me, or if you might be able to put me in touch with another person who might be able to help fill in the gaps for my family. Thanks in advance.
Warmest regards, Joshua John Fanene firstname.lastname@example.org 1+ (510) 295-8352