JAMES KAHEA BECKLEY
James Kaheakamanaookaleookalani Beckley was born at Mauna Ala or the Royal Mausoleum in Nuuanu on August 3, 1938. This was the Greatest Honor bestowed upon Kahea for these grounds are Sovereign and till today they still belong to the Kingdom of Hawaii. He was born under the Hawaiian Flag which is the only flag that is flown at Mauna Ala. He is the son of Benjamin Pitman Kameeiamoku Beckley, grandson of High Chiefess Maria Kahaawelani Beckley Kahea, great grandson of High Chiefess Kahinuokea-kua Hoolulu and great-great grandson of Captain George C. Beckley who was one of the designers of the Hawaiian Flag, who also became one of the Counselors in the Royal Court of King Kamehameha I. Kahea’s grandmother High Chiefess Maria Beckley Kahea was appointed Kahu (or caretaker) of Mauna Ala by Queen Lili’uokalani in 1893. Her son Frederick Malulani Kahea succeeded her as Kahu of Mauna Ala in 1909 until 1946. While Fred was the Kahu at Mauna Ala, his younger brother Benjamin Pitman Kameeiamoku, (Kahea’s father) and his family came to live with Fred. Here is where Kahea, his brother Edwin and their sister’s son, Victor would be born. We believe the Kahea Beckley family is the only family that had given birth to children here at Mauna Ala. Knowing the importance of this, uncle Fred chose to groom Kahea to one day carry on the legacy of being a Kahu. Uncle Fred knew that Kahea would carry the mana’o of Mauna Ala with him so he taught Kahea everything he knew about Mauna Ala, hawaiian history, hawaiian culture, making of feather kahili’s, the hula, chants, music, the making of hula implements, the nose flute, lei making and many, many other things. Thinking maybe one day when Kahea grew up he would come full circle and be able to be the Kahu of Mauna Ala. Kahea did come full circle but not in the way uncle Fred thought. Instead of being the Kahu of Mauna Ala he became the Kahu or caretaker of “Hulihe’e Palace” in Kailua, Kona under Curator, Lei Collins and later her daughter Fannie Ah Hoy. This was an Honor for Kahea because Hulihee Palace is where he got his CALLING to serve our Princess Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawananakoa and the Daughters of Hawaii. So Kahea did fulfill his CALLING of being a Kahu. The Beckley Family is also a part of the “Hawaiian Coat of Arms”. The Royal Twins on the coat of Arms are Chiefs Kameeiamoku and Kamanawa. They are the uncles of King Kamehameha the Great and his main supporters. The twin on the left is Chief Kamanawa bearing a spear and the twin on the right is Chief Kameeiamoku bearing the kahili. High Chief Fred Kahapule Beckley who is the brother of Kahea’s Grandmother Maria Kahaawelani Beckley is a direct descendant of Kameeiamoku. In Memory of “My Special Brother”, Love your Big Sister, Frances. Visitation will be at Hawaiian Memorial Mortuary on April 1, 2013 at 6:00 – 9:00 pm and Tuesday April 2, 2013 at 9:00 – 10:30 am, Service at 10:30 – 11:30 am then Burial to follow at 12:00 noon, Valley of The Temples.