Kamalani: A Proud Lineage

January 11, 2019

In the early stages of Kamalani’s creation, the project team searched long and hard for a name suitable for the exciting vision behind this brand-new community in north Kihei.

The name needed to speak to the project’s long-term goals: to provide Maui residents a place to live, connect and flourish; to enable neighbors to grow friendships over a lifetime; to provide a welcoming, safe and active community for a wide spectrum of residents, today and in the future.

With guidance from a Hawaiian cultural expert, a name was ultimately selected, one that honors and respects a proud royal Maui lineage and speaks to the project’s vision of establishing a new community that will provide for both current and future generations: Kamalani.

Kamalani is short for Kamalalawalu, the grandson of high chief Pi`ilani. Renowned for his strength and courage, Pi`ilani ruled Maui in the 1500s. Kamalalawalu and his descendants are said to have ruled Maui for more than 700 years.

In Hawaiian melodies, the island of Maui is frequently called Na Hono a Pi`ilani (the fields of Pi`ilani), a reference to its great king, Pi`ilani. A second poetic description refers to the island as Maui Nui a Kama (Maui, Great Land of Kama). This second description refers to the illustrious reign of Pi`ilani and his grandson, Kamalalawalu, long regarded as the greatest monarchs of the Kingdom of Maui.

Just as Kamalalawalu and his descendants carried on the strength, leadership and vision of Pi`ilani, so does Kamalani’s name aspire to perpetuate these positive qualities for its residents, today and into the future.

Kamalani’s street names also pay homage to this royal heritage. For example, Kamahiwa Parkway is named for Kamalani. Hiwa is another adjective for “chiefly rank” and may be used in lieu of lani. Thus, Kamahiwa and Kamalani both mean “royal Kama” or “chiefly Kama.”

Kihalani Place honors Kamalani’s biological father, King Kiha-a-Pi`ilani. Pi`ilaniwahine is the name of Kamalalawalu’s wife. While she may also be referred to as Pi`ilani, she is usually distinguished as Pi`ilaniwahine.

The logo for Kamalani – encompassing both limu (seaweed) and fish – was inspired by the ocean at the shores of Kihei and the abundance of life within its waters. A gift from the ocean, limu symbolizes many things: growth, sustainability, forgiveness, healing and strength. The perpetuating quality of limu represents Kamalani’s long and proud lineage and is a symbol of the hopes and dreams for the community of Kamalani.