When a prophecy proclaims that the unborn Kamehameha would grow to overshadow the ruling chiefs, his life from birth is in danger. Nae‘ole, the trusted chiefly attendant of Kamehameha’s mother, races across Kohala to save the infant Kamehameha.
The title Kohala Kuamo‘o refers to the trails and paths in Kohala that are integral to the story of Nae‘ole and Kamehameha. The title also suggests the customs of the people of Kohala in caring for each other. In addition, Kohala Kuamo‘o hints at Nae‘ole’s role as the iwikuamo‘o, the most trusted personal attendant of Keku‘iapoiwa, the mother of Kamehameha.
The initial printing of Kohala Kuamo‘o commemorated the 200-year anniversary of Kamehameha’s unification of the Hawaiian Islands under one rule in 1810.