Maunaala, 1899.




(This paper, February 16, 1891.)

On a beautiful lawn at the entrance of Nuuanu valley, overlooking this city, the harbor and ocean beyond, stands the Royal Mausoleum, erected by the Hawaiian Government, as the resting place of the remains of the Royal Family of Hawaii and a few of their greatest benefactors. It is built in the Gothic style of architecture, of concrete stone, with the lawn handsomely laid out with walks and studded with trees, the whole presenting from the avenue an attractive appearance.

A short distance to the left of the building is a vault, constructed mainly under ground, which has been named “The Kamehameha Tomb.” It was built some six or eight years ago, as it became necessary to provide some other place for the increasing number of coffins which had nearly filled the main building. A portion of the coffins have been transferred to this large and spacious tomb, thus relieving the main building, so that space is now provided for all the requirements of many years to come. Prior to the transfer of the remains of the kings to the present mausoleum, they were kept in a temporary mausoleum in the palace yard. In bold contrast with that rude structure, it is a credit to the nation that such a building has been erected for the purpose, and it will ever remain an ornament to the city, as long as it stands. Few people are aware how many coffins are deposited here. Including that of our late King Kalakaua, they number fifty. The following many not be a complete list of all whose remains are in the Royal Mausoleum, as the information has been obtained from several sources, nor have the dates when they died, been ascertained.

The body or bones of Kamehameha the Great are said to have been deposited in the caves near Kealakekua Bay, where those of other royal chiefs were laid, but as they have never been recognized, they still remain where first deposited. This accounts for his name not being in the list. He died May 8, 1791.

Kamehameha II died in London July 14, 1824.

Queen Kamamalu died in London July 8, 1824.

The above bodies were brought back to Honolulu by Lord Byron, commanding H. B. M. S. Blonde.

Queen Kaahumanu, wife of Kamehameha I, died June 5, 1832.

Kamehameha III, died Dec. 15, 1854.

Queen Kalama, wife of Kamehameha III, died September 20, 1870.

Kamehameha IV, died November 30, 1863.

Prince of Hawaii, son of the above, died August 27, 1862.

Queen Emma, wife of Kamehameha IV, died April 25, 1885.

Queen Kinau, wife of Gov. Kekuanaoa, died April 4, 1839.

Princess Victoria K. Kaahumanu, daughter of Kinau, died May 29, 1866.

Kamehameha V, died December 11, 1872.

Governor M. Kekuanaoa, died November 24, 1888.

Kamanele, daughter of Gov. Kuakini, died April 4, 1839.

A. Paki, father of Mrs. Bishop, died June, 1855.

L. Konia, wife of Paki and mother of Mrs. Bishop, died July 1848.

David, another brother of Kamehameha IV and V.

William Pitt Leleiohoku, died in 1848.

Keola, son of Governess of Hawaii.

Keaweaweula, infant son of Kamehameha III.

Liloa, an ancestor of the Kamehamehas.

Lonoikamakahiki, an ancestor of the Kalakaua family.

Mrs. Bernice Pauahi Bishop, died October 16, 1884.

Ruth Keelikolani, sister of Kamehameha IV and V, died May 24, 1883.

Kekauluohi, mother of Lunalilo, died June 7, 1845.

C. Kapaakea, father of Queen Liliuokalani.

Keohokalole, mother of Queen Liliuokalani.

Princess Miriam Likelike, wife of Hon. A. S. Cleghorn and sister of King Kalakau. Died February 2, 1887.

Keoni Ana (John Young) died July 18, 1837.

Namakaeha, a prominent chief.

Jane Kekela Young, daughter of John Young and mother of Queen Emma.

Kaiminaauao, sister of Queen Liliuokalani.

Kekaulike, sister of Queen Kapiolani.

Prince Keliiahonui, son of the above.

Haalilio, ambassador to London.

Peter Y. Kaeo, brother of Queen Emma.

William L. Lee, Chief Justice of Hawaii.

Robert C. Wyllie, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Dr. T. C. B. Rooke, adopted father of Queen Emma.

Besides the above, the coffins of the following chiefs are said to be in the Mausoleum: Alapai, Naea, Kaeo, Lahiahi, Maikui, Kepookawelo, Nueu and Kakohe.

The remains of King William C. Lunalilo, and those of his father, Charles Kanaina, rest in the mausoleum, specially built for them, that stands at the right of the front entrance to Kawaiahao churchyard, near the corner of King and Punchbowl streets. Lunalilo died February 3, 1874. Kanaina died March 13, 1878.


The remains of Lunalilo and Kanaina have been removed from Kawaiahao to the royal mausoleum.

[The top article it seems was previously printed in the Hawaiian Gazette. Although they give the publication date as 2/16/1891, I have not found it. The note at the bottom seems to have been added later. I am not sure about the moving of Lunalilo and Kanaina to Maunaala.]

(Hawaiian Gazette, 3/10/1899, p. 1)


Hawaiian Gazette, Volume XXXIV, Number 20, Page 1. March 10, 1899.

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