A 2-post collection

John Adams Kiʻiapalaoku Kuakini

![alt](/content/images/2016/02/John_Adams_Kuakini.png) "More than one Hawaiian chief, wishing to assume a foreign name, sought advice in the choice. Some say that a resemblance to John Adams was noticed in Kuakini. Whether or not this was the case, the distinguished chief was pleased »

A. The Half Caste

As the story goes, my paternal great grandfather changed his surname from a single-syllable Cantonese name to a five-syllable riff on his Hawaiian mother's maiden name. He had been bullied by the Chinese for being a halfie, or so the story goes. My name is an invention: I've gotten used »