ALOHA! Welcome to the Makekau Genealogy Page!

I would like to dedicate this page to my father-in- law, Abel Kelii Makekau. I received this genealogy from my brother in law, Charles Kalei Makekau, who worked so hard on the family genealogy. Thanks Charlie!!

Ku (k)+ Nuuanu (w)

issue: Kekele + Holeia

issue: 1.Emeria (w) 2. Kealoha (w) 3.Kaaumoana (w) 4.Makekau-aka-Makaau -aka- Naohule Elua Naoole O'Nuuanu Makekau 5.Kalili (w) ***6. Hauola Makekau Kekele (K) + Kekuhemahemaanaaialii (w)

issue: (Abel) Kelii Makekau Onuuanu Makekau + Meli Kahiwa Swinton ( daughter of Harry Swinton of England and Kaumeaha'ulewaliekahakawai (w) of Lahaina & Kona.

The following is a picture of them.

Abel Kelii Makekau Onuuanu Makekau received his name from Kunuiaakea (his foster mother).   She named him after her direct descendant, Kelii Makekau Onuuanu, Chief of the district of Nuuanu in Kona, Hawaii.  This Chief was also known as "Umi"..Secondly; he was named Makekau, after his father Hauola Makekau Kekele.   thirdly; he received his English name Abel.  therefore; his full name:

Abel    Kelii Makekau Onuuanu  Makekau

(English)    (aka Chief Umi of Kona) ( Father)


Here is a picture of Meli Makekau in her very old age:                                        

Meli Swinton Makekau and Abel Kelii Makekau Onuuanu Makekau had 14 children as listed below:

1. Abraham 2. Charles 3. David 4.***** Lele 5.Kalanikui 6.Haliaka 7. Maile 8. Kinakaaka 9. Naohulelua 10. Samuel 11. Raymond 12. Piehu 13. Poni 14.Mima

*****Lele:   B: abt 1867 -D: 1879 Lahaina, Hawaii

Lele Makekau's issue with Joseph Clark

issue: Albert Keliinohala Makekau + Rachel Saffery

issue:   Abel Kelii Makekau + Cecelia Koomea Paki

issue: 1. Clinton(died very young age) 2. Clinton Kalaniwai 3. Stanley Nakai Elua 4. Charles Kalei 5. Ethel Leimamo 6. Cecelia Leilani 7. Abel 8. Deanna Puanani

Here is a picture of Abel Kelii Makekau and his wife, Cecelia Koomea Paki Makekau which was given to my husband by his sister, Leimamo and we truly appreciate her sharing.



Abel Kelii Makekau was a hard working Hawaiian and he used to sing in a barber shop quartet.The musicians that played music with him were: Valentine Dutro,Benjamin Cockett and CharlieWaiwaiole.It is my understanding that they sang music from the 1930's. And of course my father in law sang Hawaiian songs also.  The song below is one I loved to hear him sing.  Its a church song taken from 1st Corinthians chaper 13...telling that the three most greatest things in the world are faith, hope and charity but Aloha is the best!  I couldn't find a midi with the melody but here are the words.

Ekolu Mea Nui

Ekolu mea nui ma ka honua

O ka manao-i-o ka manao lana

A me ke aloha, ke aloha ka i oi a'e

Po-maika'i na mea a pau

Po-maika'i na mea a pau


Three important things in the world,

faith,hope,and aloha

aloha is best,

and everything is blessed,

and everything is blessed.

O parents, children, descendants

of Juda and Ephraim,

think always that righteousness is best,

and everything is blessed,

and everything is blessed.

Here's a picture and article about a Makekau relative that I found interesting...............

Hula's high priestess was tuned to nature

by Cynthia Oi...Star-Bulletin

People who knew Iolani Luahine tell stories about her mystic abilities.  Some say the dancer,chanter and teacher of Hawaiian culture--known as the high priestess of hula--had powers that defy explanation.

Dorothy Thompson, who annually shepards the Merrie Monarch hula festival, was a close friend of Luahine's.Auntie Io could call up the wind and the rain and could make the animals do her bidding.  Thompson said, that Luahine's greatest gift was dance. "Her dance was her life and her story itself", she said.  "Io was such a beautiful person, an extraordinary dancer.  She seemed like she would go into a trance.  and her movements were like nobody else's."

Luahine was born Harriet Lanihau Makekau on Jan.31,1915, in Napoopoo on the big Island. She was raised by her grand-aunt, Keahi Luahine, who was a proponent of the ancient Kauai school of hula and who began teaching her hanai(adopted) daughter to dance when the girl was four years old.  When struck by an illness that affected her eyes, a kahuna nui(seer) was consulted.  the kahuna nui said the child had to be renamed Iolani, the name for a native hawk, and soon her eyesight was cleared.  Luahine, who died in 1978, gained renown worldwide.  She was invited three times to perform at the National folk Festival in Washington,D.C.,and was named a "Living treasure" in 1972.  She was a free spirit"a person who absolutely knew who she was," said Maggi Parker of the Kawananakoa Foundation.  Thompson recalled a rainy day in Hilo in 1969 when Luahine was to march in a parade. "she told me the parade had to start on time,at 1 o'clock, because the rain would stop for only two hours."  "It poured cats and dogs, at 1 o'clock on the nose the rain stopped, and at 3 o'clock the rain came down.






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