The Story of Maui Royalty
Rank of Nine Persons Causes Much Dissension
A Question of Rank
With the death in 1873 of King William Charles Lunalilo who was without peer in the realm, a very serious question of rank and precedence arose among the remaining chieftains of exalted birth. Of all the royalty of Hawaii, there were nine whose high rank and birth could never be questioned.
Only one question remained to be solved—which one of the nine was the most exalted. More than anything else has this one question been the cause of such great dissension between the various royal lines of Hawaii.
EVEN TODAY in this age of the so-called equality of man and democracy, this one question of precedence in rank and blood still rages among island royalty and nobility. And it is a pity for we all spring from the same divine source; we have all suckled at the same sacred navel.
Without attempting or intending to indicate any order of precedence, we shall list those nine persons whose genealogical claims of rank and precedence have done so much damage to Hawaiian unity.
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1. Miriam Elizabeth Crowningburg the High-Chiefess Auhea-Kekauluohi II, ranking princess of the Kaleimamahu branch of the Kamehameha dynasty and reigning head of the Lunalilo dynasty; daughter of the High-Chief Kaiheekai of the House of Keawe-Poepoe and of the Princess Nmahana III of the kamehameha and Kekaulike dynasties.
2. Albert Edward the Prince Kunuiakea-I - Kekukailimoku, ranking prince of the Kamehameha dynasty, the Kalaniopuu dynasty, and the Kekaulike dynasty; son of King Kamehameha III and Gina the High-Chiefess Lahilahi of the descent of the Princess Kaoanaeha, daughter of Kaleipaihala, son of Kalaniopuu.
3. David thye High-Chief Kalakaua, ranking chieftain of the noble Houses of the I and the Mahi; sovereign of the princely House of keawe-a-Heu; son of Caesar kapaakea (son of Kamanawa II, son of the Prince Kepookalani) and of Anna keohokalole (daughter of Alkaneka, son of the Prince Kepookalani).
4. Elizabeth Pratt the High-Chiefess Kekaaniau - o - Kaohilaukapu, ranking princess of the Kalokuokamalle branch of the Kamahameha dynasty; daughter of the Prince Laanui and Theresa Rives the High-Chiefess Owana - Kaheiheimalie.
5. Ruth the Princess Keelikolani, ranking princess of the Kahoanoku - Kinau branch of the Kamehameha dynasty; daughter of Prince Kahalaia, grandson of Kamehameha the Great, and of Pauahi I, daughter of the Prince Pauli-Kaoleioku.
6. Bernice Bishop the High-Chiefess Pauahi II, ranking princess of the Kekaulike dynasty of Maui; daughter of Abner Paki, grandson of king Kamehamehanui - Ailuau of Maui, and of Konia, daughter of the Prince Pauli-Kaoleioku.
7. Emma Rooke - Naea the High-Chiefess Kaoanaeha, surnamed Kaleleonalani, Queen-Consort of Kamehameha IV and a descendant of the Kalaniopuu dynasty; daughter of George Naea of the chiefly House of Kukaeleiki, and of Fanny Kekela-o-Kalani, daughter of the Princess kaoanaeha, the daughter of Kaleipaihala, the son of Kalaniopuu.
8. Emma Alexandria de Fries the Princess Kalani-Kau-ikealaneo, ranking princess of the royal House of Kalani-Kau-ikekilo and of the House of Kilioulani; daughter of William Pitt Kalawaianui - a - Kanoa, grandson of the Imakakoloa, and of Kahoupo-o-Kaholokau-maka-o-Kane of the Kiwalao dynasty and the Kilioulani branch of the Kekaulike dynasty.
9. Solomon the High-Chief of Leihuanui-o-Peleioholani, ranking prince of the Oahu royal House of Kakuhihewa and of the royle descent of Keawe-Mauhili; son of Noa-lani, son of the Prince Ulumoku II of Maui, and of Pilkea, great-granddaughter of Kahahana and Kekua, King and Queen of
we dare not say even saw. We however, urge that their descendants forget their differences and band together to aid their people. This is the duty of the true ali. This is the worthy effort.
The true love of the people is the finest measure of any prince; and to paraphrase Shakespeare—such a love becometh a king more than his crown.