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The Story of Maui Royalty

Second Son of Parkers, Palmer, Died As Youth


Article 26

The Parkers of Waimea—3

The second son of Hattie Panana Napela and Sam Parker of Mana was Palmer Kui-helani Parker who died while still a student at the Punahou schools. Mrs. Emma Lyons Doyle of Honolulu remembers Palmer Parker as a tall, slender and handsome schoolmate of hers.

The third son was Samuel Keaoililani Parker who married Lydia Piikoi Cummins, a first cousin of Princess Kuhio and David Kawananakoa. Lydia Cummins was a daughter of Thomas Cummins and Maraea Piikoi, a half-sister of the High-Chief David Kahalepouli Piikoi. Kamakee (Mrs. George) Fairchild of Manila is her sister.

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THE FOURTH son was the late Ernest Napela Parker, a cultivated gentleman of the old school. For many years he owned the Napela Florists opposite St. Andrews Cathedral, and his patrons were only the islandsʻ wealthiest who needed fortunes to match his prices. The youngest son was James of whom we have spoken.

Eva Kalanikauleleaiwi was the second daughter of the Parkers. She married her first cousin, the late Frank Woods. She too, in the Parker tradition, entertained lavishly at her beautiful home at the Kahua Ranch of Kohala. After her death, her husband married the Princess Elizabeth Kalanianaole, widow of Prince Kuhio.

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THE THIRD daughter was Helen Umi-o-Kalani who married the late Carl Widemann, a descendant of the sacred Prince Kalaninui-I-Mamao of the House of Keawe. He was the inspiration of the familiar island melody, “Mai Poina Oe Iau.”

The Widemanns had one son, the late Parker Widemann who first married Henrietta Bertleman and had a son, Samuel. By his second wife, Marguerite (Sister) Van Gieson, he had two more children, a son, Panaewa, and a daughter, Panana.

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THE FOURTH daughter of the Parkers was Hattie Kaonohilani who died as a child. The elegance of the Parkers and of the other noble families of Hawaii has vanished from the land. We measure now our nobility by the moniality of commerce and pelf.

But in the days that are long gone, hospitality was measured by the heart, and elegance was in carriage and bearing not in a Paris-created frock nor in a wallet. Aristocracy was the scope of what or was and not of what one

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