Theresa Owana Wilcox Belliveau and the will of Queen Liliuokalani, 1918.


True Bills Are Also Returned By Grand Jury Against Kamakaia and Kealoha


Woman Is Unmoved and Says It Will Giver Her Chance To “Tell the Real Facts”

“Princess” Theresa Wilcox Belliveau, James Kealoha and “Rev.” Sam Kamakaia were indicted on charges of forgery and conspiracy by the grand jury yesterday afternoon in connection with the “1917 will” that was offered for probate as the last will of the late Queen Liliuokalani and was declared fraudulent by Circuit Judge C. W. Ashford after he had heard confessions in open court from both Kealoha and Kamakaia. No arrests were made last night on the indictments, which are returnable in Judge William H. Heen’s division of the circuit court tomorrow.

“Princess” Theresa was unmoved by news of the indictment. She said she had been awaiting the indictment as a means to get into court and tell “the real facts in connection with the Queen’s estate.”

“It will give me a chance to testify,” she stated.

Attorneys Withdrew

The first disclosures in connection with the “1917 will” came when the attorneys who presented it withdrew, at the same time filing with the circuit clerk a sworn confession that had been made by “Rev.” Sam Kamakaia whose name was signed to the will as one of the witnesses.

When the probate hearing was held in the circuit court Kamakaia took the stand and repeated in detail the confession he had made to the attorneys.He admitted that he had not signed the will in the Queen’s presence, but said it had been signed at his home in the presence of his wife. He testified that a church had been offered to him by “Princess” Theresa for his part in connection with the will.

A confession along similar lines was made at the same court hearing by Kealoha who was the other purported witness to the will. Kealoha was unable to specify any particular reward, as he said none had been mentioned. “Princess” Theresa had induced him to sign the will, however, he said and she promised to give him something for doing it. He said that “Princess” Theresa had summoned him to her home from the records office where he had been working and he said he had signed the will at her home on the Gore l at the intersection of Merchant and King Streets. Kealoha admitted before Judge Ashford that the will was a fake.

“Princess” Unmoved

Through all the sinister developments in connection with the fraudulent will “Princess” Theresa has held strongly to her assertions that the will is valid in all particulars, although it has been branded as fraudulent by the court and excluded from the case. “Princess” Theresa declares she will prove her innocence of the crime charged against her and will regain possession of the bulk of the estate which was left to her and members of her family under the terms of the document.

In the past week the grand jury has examined a large number of witnesses in connection with the case. In its inquiry the grand jury went far beyond the scope of the public hearing that was held in Judge Ashford’s court. A large number of Hawaiians were summoned for the purpose, it is stated, of finding others whom it is alleged “Princess” Theresa approached in connection with the will.

The three who are accused will probably be arraigned before Judge Heen Saturday.

(Advertiser, 1/10/1918, Section 2, p. 1)


The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume LIX, Number 11105, Section 2, Page 1. January 10, 1918.

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