Kamehameha and His Warrior Kekūhaupiʻo (SC)
From 1920-24 Rev. Desha published a series on Kamehameha and Kekuhaup‘o in his weekly Hawaiian language newspaper Ka Hoku o Hawai‘i.
Kekuhaupi‘o, a master of Hawaiian martial arts, first served as Kamehameha's instructor in the skills of combat before becoming his stalwart bodyguard, fearless warrior, and trusted advisor. Desha uses the character of Kekuhaupi‘o to largely retell the story of Kamehameha. Lovingly translated, the text retains much of the eloquence that place Desha among the foremost Hawaiian writers of his time.
Winner 2001 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Samuel Manaiakalani Kamakau award for Hawai`i Book of the Year
Winner 2001 Ka Palapala Po‘okela award for Excellence in General Hawaiian Culture
Winner 2001 Ka Palapala Po‘okela award for Excellence in Writing Nonfiction - S.L. Desha
Winner 2001 Ka Palapala Po‘okela award for Excellence in Writing Literature - F.N. Frazier
by Stephen L. Desha
translated by Frances N. Frazier