Emma Ahuena Taylor remembers Princess Ruth Keelikolani, 1935.


Her Highness Princess Ruth Keelikolani seemed to have always been in my life.

When she came to stay at Wailuakio (Palama), she would always spend the night in my mother’s home. For her retinue was large and my mother’s home was a convenient place to entertain them all. Continue reading


Samuela Kekuiapoiwa, 1903.

He was a True Kamehameha

The story printed in the Kuokoa pertaining to the death of Samuel Kekuiapoiwa on the 23rd of June past on the shores of Hanapepe; that he was well known for his good deeds and there was a expression of love for him in our Kilohana* on July 17; he was none other than a descendant of Kamehameha V. This is his whole name—Kapuaiwa Kamehameha V Kekuiapoiwa.

Here is the explanation: Kapuaiwa Kamehameha V was with Maheha and born was Keanolani (f); Continue reading

From the suite of Queen Emma, Hoapili Kaauwai and Kiliwehi, 1866.

Hoapili W. Kaauwai and Kiliwehi.—We are curious about the attendants mentioned above, because they have not returned from the trip of the Queen, whereas they were two who joined in on the journey of Kaleleonalani when she set off for the continents of the East and the West. Therefore we question and ask, where are those two? Maybe they are staying on land or gone astray at sea? We hear a lot of stories, yet we will not lose our head and spread them at once, because here we are in Honolulu where it is said, “speculate this way, speculate that way”.¹ Tell us, O Alii and makaainana loving Hawaii.

¹”Nunu aku, nunu mai” perhaps is a variant of “Nune aku, nune mai”, and is a saying associated with busy Honolulu. Is there anyone with more information on this saying?

[There is much written about the happenings between Hoapili and Kiliwehi.]

(Kuokoa, 10/27/1866, p. 2)

Hoapili W. Kaauwai a me Kiliwehi.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke V, Helu 43, Aoao 2. Okatoba 27, 1866.

Mrs. Kiliwehi Hoapili Kaauwai passes on. 1873.

Mrs. Kiliwehi Kaauwai Dies.

On Wednesday, the 5th of November, the breath of this descendant of chiefs left her, after being sick for a long while. Perhaps some four months ago, she travelled to East Maui, and a short while after she reached there, it was heard that she was ill, and she remained in this state until returning to Honolulu, and at the request of her friends, she was taken to the Queen’s Hospital. There, Dr. McKibbin [Kauka Makibine], said that she had sickness that was curable if she followed closely the Doctor’s advice. She remained at the Hospital for a number of weeks, and when it was seen that she was becoming very weak, she was taken by her royal companion, Mrs. P. B. Bishop, to live with her these past days, and this was Kiliwehi’s last home where she dwelt until her death. This young chiefess is indeed one of the descendants of rulers, according to what we hear, of Kamehameha of Maui, who was called Kamehameha Ailuau; and not as was mistakenly heard, that she was a direct descendant of Kamehameha I. She died at the age of 33. At her funeral, she was escorted by her friends and her husband [Hoapili Kaauwai], and at the edge of her grave, her husband heart let out its regret with:

Adorned by a lei of pride
In friendless lands,
The link that has been severed,
From the companion—O Hoapili—e,
Much Aloha.

(Kuokoa, 11/8/1873, p. 2)

Make o Mrs. Kiliwehi Kaauwai.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XII, Helu 45, Aoao 2. Novemaba 8, 1873.

Kiliwehi Hoapili Kaauwai, 1873.

[Found under: “Local News.”]

Last Saturday, brought to Honolulu from Wailuku was one of the royal women who had gone on a tour of the world, that being Mrs. Kiliwehi Hoapili Kaauwai, with an ailing body, and here she is now at the Queen’s Hospital being treated. She had many a friend when she was in good health, but now, she perhaps is lacking in this medicine.

(Kuokoa, 10/18/1873, p. 2)

Ma ka Poaono aku nei i hala...

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XII, Helu 42, Aoao 2. Okatoba 18, 1873.