In the 1819 Battle of Kuamo‘o, Hawaiian forces clashed over the traditional kapu religious system. The dispute pitted the forces of Kekuaokalani, nephew of Kamehameha I,

It was Manono herself who uttered the words “Mālama kō Aloha”, with her last breath as she fell on the rugged lava terrain in Kuamoʻo two hundred years ago.

In this clip, Auntie Nona tells the dramatic story of the chant “E Manono,” the battle of Kuamo`o in 1819, the part High Chief Kekuaokalani and his wife Princess Manono.

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