In praise of Hawai’i greatest leader, Curtis Piehu Iaukea 1855-1940, by way of progeny Sydney Lehua Iaukea born 1969

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Curtis Piehu Iaukea

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Sydney Lehua Iaukea

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlJpqnv5T08

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Go to timeclock 6:206:48 to experience the ontic of metaphysical purpose — destiny reveals itself when fate finds Sydney.

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Mahalo to Youtuber ‘Ehu Kekahu Cardwell for featuring Sydney Lehua Iaukea born 1969. 

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Sydney’s great-great-grandfather Curtis Piehu Iaukea 1855-1940 is Hawaii’s most extraordinary leader and statesman, yet unknown to kama’aina, not to mention malihini.

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Sydney’s own odyssey to self-actualization also is beyond compare.   Like her immensely gifted ancestor Curtis Piehu Iaukea, Sydney is today’s pathfinder in emotional maturity.   Thank you, ‘Ehu Kekahu, for featuring our contempo Piehu in Sydney Lehua Iaukea.

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http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520272040

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http://honoluluweekly.com/story-continued/2011/11/truth-seeker/

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtis_Iaukea

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Curtis Piʻehu ʻIaukea (1855–1940) served as the chief diplomat of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi during the reigns of King Kalākaua and Queen Liliʻuokalani. His great grandson is wrestler King Curtis Iaukea.

Life

Curtis Piʻehu ʻIaukea was born December 13, 1855 in Waimea. His father was J. W. ʻIaukea and mother was Lahapa Nalanipo. At an early age he was sent to live with adoptive parents Kaihupaa (his mother’s brother) and Keliaipala to live in the building of the former Royal School. The building had been turned into a home for royal retainers known as kahu. His uncle Kaihupaa, who had been an assistant to Kng Kamehameha III, fell into a well trying to save ʻIaukea when he was only about six. He was intended to be a companion for Prince Albert Kamehameha but the prince died in 1862.

He married Charlotte Kahaloipua Hanks in 1877. They had a daughter Lorna Kahilipuaokalani and son Frederick Hanks Nalaniahi.

In November 1878 he was made Colonel of the King Kalākaua’s person staff. From 1880 to 1881 he was Secretary in the Foreign Office.

As the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, ʻIaukea was the most travelled member of the Hawaiian administration after Kalākaua. He served as the administration’s envoy to the coronation of Tsar Alexander III of Russia and accompanied Queen Kapiolani to Washington, DC to meet with President of the United States Grover Cleveland. He accompanied her again to the United Kingdom to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. Having developed a close friendship with the British Crown, he returned to the United Kingdom to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, representing the newly created Republic of Hawaiʻi.

After annexation

When the United States annexed the republic and established the Territory of Hawaiʻi, ʻIaukea became involved in local politics as a Democrat. He served as Sheriff of Honolulu 1907–1909.   He also served as trustee of the Queen’s Medical Center 1905-1909. He died in 1940.

He served in the Territorial Senate 1913–1915, Secretary of State from 1917 to 1921, and Acting Governor of the Territory from December 30, 1919 to March 30, 1920.

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Piehu stood for our commoners, especially with Piehu’s formulation of home rule to our individual islands in 1905 via County governments.  

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Piehu himself participated actively via open elections (but at the territorial/federal level under D.C. Dept. of Interior  — only our non-voting Congressional delegate was elected by commoners), losing in an acrimonious re-election battle for Honolulu sheriff to Piehu’s deputy sheriff & upstart eventual 1st Democrat Congressional delegate Kanaka Billy Jarrett who was 22 yrs. Piehu’s junior. 

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Piehu was ever the composed & classy executive, in contrast to impetuous volatile firecracker Jarrett.  Turk Jarrett’s time bomb personality populism resonated with commoners, who saw elder leader/visionary man of equanimity Piehu as too passive & submissive.

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http://www.bigislandchronicle.com/2010/06/20/dispatches-from-curt-%E2%80%94-regarding-various-role-models/#comment-37056

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2 Responses to In praise of Hawai’i greatest leader, Curtis Piehu Iaukea 1855-1940, by way of progeny Sydney Lehua Iaukea born 1969

  1. Pingback: “And how can man die better Than facing fearful odds”. — Horatius (the phrase ‘Romans on the Bridge’ is used to refer to a valiant defense against impossible odds) | Curtis Narimatsu

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