In honor of Kamehameha ‘Ekahi, a true warrior and ambassador of peace, KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74 shares that we must continue his good work for it is not yet finished.
Contributed by KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74
Ka Ipu o Lono shares weekly devotionals to provide spiritual enrichment to members of the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana. For more inspiration, visit the KS “Our faith” website.
ʻAʻole ʻoukou he aupuni ma mua, akā, i kēia manawa, he aupuni ʻoukou no ke Akua; ia manawa, ʻaʻole ʻoukou i aloha ʻia, i kēia manawa ua aloha ʻia mai nō. – Petero I 2:10
Once you were not a people. But now you are the people of God. Once you had not received mercy. But now you have received mercy. – I Peter 2:10
He manaʻo o ke kahu
KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74
Julie Stewart Williams writes in her book, “Kamehameha the Great:”
“Kamehameha was the greatest of Hawai‘i’s chiefs. He kept the ways of his culture and added the best of the new. His people said, ‘He is a farmer, a fisherman, a maker of cloth, a provider for the needy and a father to the fatherless.’ In describing Kamehameha, historian Ralph Kuykendall wrote: ‘He was a man of powerful physique, agile, supple, fearless and skilled in all the warlike and peaceful exercises suitable for an ali‘i. He had likewise a strong mind … well-filled with the accumulated learning of his race and capable of thinking clearly and effectively. He was an excellent judge of men and had … the faculty of inspiring loyalty in his followers. Ruthless in war, he was kind and forgiving when the need for fighting was past.”
Kamehameha brought together the separate kingdoms across the islands under one rule. As king, he made the Hawaiian people into one nation, giving us all one identity. He was a warrior and an ambassador for peace. He brought destruction and healing. Kamehameha’s last words were believed to have been:
“E ‘oni wale nō ‘oukou i ku‘u pono ‘a‘ole e pau.” Continue the good that I have done for it is not yet finished.
The early Christians were scattered throughout various lands, fearful as they lived under the rule of various earthly kings. The Apostle Peter encourages these believers, assuring them that they are not alone. They were one people under the rule of one heavenly king. As nā poʻe o ke Akua (people of God), they received his mercy and enjoyed all the good that awaited them.
We live under that same hope of being one with all believers throughout time and space. Anyone who has called, and will call themselves Christian, are our brothers and sisters. Let us continue the good work of Iesū, Kamehameha, and Pauahi, for it is not yet finished.
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