ⓘ Lono-a-Piilani

                                     

ⓘ Lono-a-Piilani

Lono was a son of the King Piilani and grandson of Kawaokaohele.

He was a brother, kiha-a-Piilani and Piikea and uncle of the chief Kumalae, the ruler of Hilo.

Shortly after Piilani died, the bosom of his successor. When kiha had to flee from Maui, he sought refuge with his sister, Piikea, the wife of UMI-a-Liloa, king of Hawaii, in the court of UMI. Here his sister advocated his cause so warmly, and insisted with UMI so urgently, that the latter were forced to join the fight for the younger brother against the older, and prepared an expedition to invade Maui, depose lono, and raise kiha-a-Piilani to the throne of his father. UMI summoned the chiefs of the various districts of Hawaii to prepare for the invasion of Maui. When all preparations were ready, UMI headed the expedition in person, accompanied by his wife, Piikea, and her brother and his brave warriors. Moved on the waters of the Alenuihāhā channel between Maui and the big island of Hawaii, the fleet of UMI landed in Kapueokahi, the Harbor of Hāna, Maui, where lono continue to live after Piilanis death.

After failing to prevent the landing of UMIS forces, in the bosom retired to the fortress on the top of a neighbouring hill, called Kauwiki, which in those days was considered almost impregnable, partly from its natural strength and partly from the superstitious terror inspired by a gigantic idol Kawalakii. UMI laid siege to the Fort Kauwiki, and, after some delay and several unsuccessful attempts, finally captured the Fort, destroyed the idol, and lono once in the battle, kiha-a-Piilani was proclaimed and acknowledged as king. Having achieved this, UMI and his forces returned to Hawaii.