Katherine  Smith
Katherine    Kama'ema'e    Smith

Bringing History to Life

“The inspiration for The Love Remains grew out of my study of Hawiian
culture and language, and a desire to know about the Hawaiians who lived here
at Honokahua (the old name of the property Between Kapalua Bay and Mokulē
‘ia Bay) before the pineapple plantation and Honolua Ranch.  “Kale Davis” was
the earliest owner listed on a title search of the land parcel under our Ridge
Villa. A search for more information about Sarah Kale Davis began six years of
historical and cultural research that eventually led me to Kale’s living
descendants. The difficulty of understanding Kale’s historical setting was her
lifetime, 1797 to 1867, spanned Hawai‘i’s transformation from Stone Age to
Industrial Age, from Old Kingdom to Constitutional Monarchy, from isolation
to community with Asia and the East.”  

“When I was done, I had fallen in love with this backcountry chiefess and her
family.  It only seemed fitting that Kale’s memory and the memory of
Honokahua fishing and farming community should be redeemed. So in
February 2005 I began putting fragments of Kale's life, her five husbands, and
her six children into a readable story. To make the story come alive, I wove
fictional dialogue and characterizations into the accurate historical setting of
West Maui and genealogy of Kale’s family. With help from Henrietta Mahuna,
one of the last Hawaiian native speakers on Maui, I was able to put some of
the dialogue in Hawaiian”

Kama'ema'e and Henrietta Mahuna, Director of Kapalua Mission
Choir and Contributing Editor for The Love Remains. Aunty Henrietta
is one  of the last Hawaiian native speakers on Maui.

“So my job was to learn the social, spiritual, political and economic events that
impacted Kale’s leadership of a large land division, at a time when a culture
that had served Hawaii well for a millennium was careening into the Industrial
Age.  Within this framework, I wove the story of this young hapa haole
chiefess of low rank, and the challenges she faced ruling an  ahupua‘a for King
“When we experience Hawaii, we touch the beauty and freedom of this
precious land. The Love Remains readers go a step further into the lives of
Hawaiians who once fished and farmed Honokahua, how they met the deepest
challenges of life, and how they reverenced the land that sustained them and
sustained the ancestors.”

Katherine is now working on her second project, making the history,
archeology and lore of Kaua'ula Hawaii live again.

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Katherine and Harry Smith have lived at Kapalua since 1993.  Katherine
wrote technical and marketing brochures when she was a marketing
manager at Johnson and Johnson’s Ortho Diagnostics and Ortho
Biotech.  After her retirement from J&J, Katherine continued to write ad
copy and radio spots for the PGA Senior TOUR MasterCard
Championship at Hualalai, and press releases for the Art School at
Kapalua. At churches in New Jersey and Kapalua, she wrote and
produced children’s plays.
Her deep love for Hawai'i turned her attention and pen to story telling.  
The result is
The Love Remains. Kama'ema'e is a transliteration of
Katherine, taken from the Hebrew for "pure." Kama'ema'e is translated,
"pure one," a name to live up to.

Makamae ka ke aloha ku'u ipo
Precious is the love of my sweetheart

There are many who contributed knowledge and encouragement to this work, but
one who suffered long hours of isolation and underwrote all the expenses.  He is my
precious husband; who proves his deep love for me with deeds of kindness and
words that are always true.  He is my treasure.
Me ka hana, ka 'ike
With work, comes knowledge
A portion of the proceeds of The Love Remains supports Ke Kula Kaiapuni Hawaiian Immersion Education
The Love Remains, copyright 2005 Katherine Smith, All Rights Reserved
ISBN: 09723420-5-2        $17.95 U.S.        

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