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Keaunui (Hawaiian for "Keau the Great") was a High Chief of
 He was a member of the
Nanaulu line and is also known as Keaunui-a-Maweke.
His mother was High Chiefess Naiolaukea, also known as Naiolakea.
 (In ancient Hawaii, it was common for nobles to have many names.)
His father was a high chief and “wizard” called
Aliʻi of "the blue blood".
He had brothers named
Keaunui married a woman named Wehelani (Hawaiian: lani = "
sky"), and their children were:
Keaunui had a granddaughter, Chiefess
Kapau-a-Nuʻakea of Molokai.
Keaunui is traditionally credited with opening a navigable channel at
^ Patrick Vinton Kirch. A Shark Going Inland Is My Chief: The Island Civilization of Ancient Hawai'i; p. 118.
^ Memoirs of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum of Polynesian Ethnology and Natural History (1920).
^ Kamakau, Samuel M., Ruling Chiefs of Hawaii (Revised Edition), Appendix Genealogies (Kamehameha Schools Press,
"Family of Maweke". Archived from
the original on 2016-08-27. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
^ Patrick Vinton Kirch (2010). How Chiefs Became Kings: Divine Kingship and the Rise of Archaic States in Ancient Hawai'i.
Kalākaua, His Hawaiian Majesty. The Legends And Myths of Hawaii: The Fable and Folk-lore of a Strange People. Tokyo, Japan: Charles E. Tuttle Company Inc. of Rutland, Vermont & Tokyo Japan, 1972.
^ Native Planters in Old Hawaii: their life, lore, and environment; by Edward Smith Craighill Handy; Elizabeth Green Handy;
Mary Kawena Pukui. Honolulu, 1972
^ Annual Report of the Hawaiian Historical Society. Hawaiian Historical Society, 1932.