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Keaweʻōpala is the first born son of Alapainui (the usurping aliʻi nui of Hawaii Island) and his wife Keaka, [1] who cared for Kamehameha the Great in his youth along with her sister Hākau. [2] [3] He would inherit his father's position after being named heir by Alapainui shortly before his death. [4]

His was a short rule of just 1 year beginning around 1754. [4] He was overthrown by Kalaniʻōpuʻu. [5]

Keaweʻopala would father a child with Moana Wahine, named Kalaimanokahoʻowaha also known as Kanaʻina, who would be taken into the new king's court to serve as a royal attendant as a new aliʻi line of secondary chiefs serving the supreme ruler of the island and the kingdom. [6] Kanaʻina would cohabitate with his half sister from his mother Moana Wahine, Hākau. Her father was Heulu. The couple would have a child named Hao, the grandson of Keaweʻopala. Hao's daughter was Luahine. Luahine's daughter was Kōnia, who was the mother of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the three times great granddaughter of Keaweʻopala. [7]

With Namoe he had a son Kanekoa. With Keoua he had a daughter Peleuli. With Kaukuhakuonana he had two sons Kanehiwa and Kuapuu. Kanehiwa married a cousin named Kaulunae and were the parents of Lipoa and Julia Moemalie. Kanekoa's grandson was Joseph Heleluhe, who was the private secretary of Queen Liliuokalani. [8] [9]


  1. ^ Abraham Fornander; John F. G. Stokes (1880). An Account of the Polynesian Race: Its Origins and Migrations, and the Ancient History of the Hawaiian People to the Times of Kamehameha I. Trubner & Company. pp. 144–146.
  2. ^ I-H3, Halawa Interchange to Halekou Interchange, Honolulu: Environmental Impact Statement. 1973. p. 483.
  3. ^ Taylor, Albert Pierce (1922). Under Hawaiian Skies: A Narrative of the Romance, Adventure and History of the Hawaiian Islands. Honolulu: Advertiser Publishing Company, Ltd. p. 79. OCLC  479709.
  4. ^ a b Patrick Vinton Kirch (2 November 2010). How Chiefs Became Kings: Divine Kingship and the Rise of Archaic States in Ancient Hawai'i. University of California Press. p. 107. ISBN  978-0-520-94784-9.
  5. ^ Robert J. Hommon (25 April 2013). The Ancient Hawaiian State: Origins of a Political Society. Oxford University Press. pp. 265–266. ISBN  978-0-19-991612-2.
  6. ^ Kanalu G. Terry Young (25 February 2014). Rethinking the Native Hawaiian Past. Routledge. pp. 55–. ISBN  978-1-317-77669-7.
  7. ^ Hawaii. Supreme Court (1893). Reports of Decisions Rendered by the Supreme Court of the Hawaiian Islands. H.L. Sheldon. pp. 628–631.
  8. ^ Fornander, Abraham (1880). Stokes, John F. G. (ed.). An Account of the Polynesian Race: Its Origins and Migrations, and the Ancient History of the Hawaiian People to the Times of Kamehameha I. Vol. 2. London: Trübner & Co. p. 146.
  9. ^ "Mookuauhau O Joseph Kaimihakulani Heleluhe". Ke Aloha Aina. Vol. VI, no. 30. Honolulu. July 28, 1900. p. 1. Retrieved September 26, 2016.