Kekoolani Genealogy of the Descendants of the Ruling Chiefs of Hawaii


Kapokini 1. married 2 Nako'oko'o.

Nako'oko'o [Parents] 1. married 2 Kapokini.

They had the following children:

  F i Kalakini (Keko'olani, Kalakini-a-Nako'oko'o).

Henry St. John 1.Henry married Kalakini (Keko'olani, Kalakini-a-Nako'oko'o).

Kalakini (Keko'olani, Kalakini-a-Nako'oko'o) [Parents] 1, 2. married Henry St. John.

Other marriages:
Kahulanui (Kahulanui II),

No direct relation to the Keko'olani family of Charles Peleioholani Kekoolani, Sr.

They had the following children:

  F i Elizabeth Kahelemanawaole.
  M ii Henry Kalaekekoi 1.

Kahulanui (Kahulanui II) [Parents] 1 was born in 1835. He married Kalakini (Keko'olani, Kalakini-a-Nako'oko'o).

Kalakini (Keko'olani, Kalakini-a-Nako'oko'o) [Parents] 1, 2. married Kahulanui (Kahulanui II).

Other marriages:
St. John, Henry

No direct relation to the Keko'olani family of Charles Peleioholani Kekoolani, Sr.

They had the following children:

  F i Sarah Kalainui Napahi (Naoahi) was born in 1861.

Henry Kia Nahaolelua 1.Henry married 2 Elizabeth Kahelemanawaole.


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The Death of Ex. Governor Nahaolelua

Hawaiian Gazette, September 22, 1875, p. 2, col. 3
We regret to be compelled to announce the death of this old and faithful servant of the Hawaiian Government which occurred at Lahaina on Wednesday, the 15th, inst,

His Excellency was born at Kawaihae, on the Island of Hawaii in the year 1806, making him sixty niney years of age. It is said that his name, which means "the two foreigners" was given him on account of Kamehameha having taken the two foreigners, John Young and Isae Davis into his employ. He succeeded James Young Kanehoa as Governor of the Maui group, which office he continued to hold, until requested by His Majesty to enter His Cabinet as Minister of Finance. He wsa compelled after a few months to retire from public service on account of failing health, and has since lived quietly at his home in the town of Lahaina. He was a man of great decision of character, and of extraordinary executive ability. He had two children, both of whom died young, and we are informed that his property, which is quite large, has been left by will to the child of his adopted son. His funeral took place at 4:00 PM on the sam day, and he was buried in an already prepared vault at the cemetery of the Anglican Church at Lahaina.

The following resolutions were adopted by the citizens of Lahaina shortly after his demise.

Whereas, It has pleased Almighty God to remove from among us His Ex. P. Nahaolelua,
Therefore, be it Resolved, that in the death of P. Nahaolelua, the Hawaiian people have lost a staunch and long-tried friend; the chiefs, a sage counsellor and devoted servant, and the circle of his acquaintances a pleasant, sociable, tender-hearted friend.

Resolved - That having been identified with the introduction and organization of civilized government in this country, and having risen by his virtues and industry from an obscure position in life to the higest dignity conferred on a subject, we respect his memory and deplore his death.

Resolved - That we sympathize with the widow and relatives of the deceased in this great loss, and sincerely hope that his son and grandchildren may grow up to emulate his virtues and perpetuate his memory among the Hawaiian people.

Resolved - That we, the people of Lahaina, and of the Island of Maui, among whom the best and last years of his life were spent, respectfully tender these resolutions as a tribute to his memory.

Resolved - That a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to his bereaved family, to His Majesty, the King, to Her Majesty Queen Emma Kaleleonalani, and a copy for publication in the newspapers of Honolulu.


This article from the Honolulu Advertiser tells more about Henry Kia Kanekawaiola's ancestors than it does about his life and death, but reveals many facts about Paul Nahaolelua:

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Henry Nahaolelua, Grandson of Royal Governor, Passes

by Godfrey F. Affonso
Honolulu Advertiser, April 11, 1940, p. 20
Henry Kia Kanekawaiola Nahaolelua, 1010 Palima Place, who recently died at St. Francis Hospital was of distinguished descent, tracing his ancestry to exalted high chiefs, closely associated with the regime of Kamehameha the Great.

In modern Hawaii, part and parcel of democratic America, Nahaolelua held humble station, though he was a sovereign in his own right as a citizen of the United States. Nahaolelua was a fireman, attached to the Kaimuki pumping station.

Known by his intimates as "Henry Boy", Nahaolelua was, above all else, a fisherman, and he was proud of that calling. He will also be remembered for his acts of kindness and courtesy by all who came in contact with during his short adult life.

Henry Boy was born in Honolulu on July 20, 1903, and was not yet 37 years of age when he went the way of his forefathers. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Len Ing Nahaolelua; four young daughters, Mary Lou [sic., may have been Mary Lois], Henrietta, Millicent, and Naomi, and a sister, Mrs. [Mary] Melvin Holt.

And so, his big hobby was fishing, as was that of his late father, John Kia Nahaolelua, who was well known, a member of a prominent family of Maui, and Waikiki. He was the great grandson of the Hon. Paul Nahaolelua, who was the royal governor of the island of Maui, from 1852 - 1874, during the reigns of Kamehameha III, IV, and V, and Lunalilo. This same great grandfather, upon the death of Lunalilo, relinquished his royal post on the Valley Island to accept appointment by King Kalakaua, Hawaii's last male monarch, as his royal Minister of Finance.

Governor Nahaolelua was born in Kawaihae, district of South Kohala, island of Hawaii, in 1806, and was 13 years of age when Kamehameha I died on May 8, 1819, in Kona, island of Hawaii. He remembered the conqueror of the Islands, the Napoleon of the Pacific.

Henry's great grandfather began his life's work as a school master, teaching Hawaiian at the royal school in Kaupo, Maui, then a populous center. Later, he entered Lahainaluna school, where he polished his learning to successively become district magistrate, and circuit judge of Maui. He was the chief deputy of Gov. John Young Kanehoa of Maui, succeeding the latter as governor upon Kanehoa's death in 1852.

Governor Nahaolelua was a man of sterling character. He was highly esteemed for his executive ability and was held in high admiration by the three last Kamehamehas, and their royal successors, Lunalilo and Kalakaua, in whose councils he held prominent place.

He died on Sept. 5, 1875 [sic., has been reported as September 15, 1875], and by his own positive directions his funeral was held on the very day of his death, without that pomp or display to which the Island residents of the day were so partial. His body, enclosed in a plain pine coffin, was given sepulcher in the cemetery of the Episcopal church of Lahaina, Maui, which, for many years had been he capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

An ancestor of Henry Kia Kanekawaiola Nahaolelua was Kelahuna, a distinguished high chiefess of the days when Kamehameha the Great, Kaahumanu, and others of the royal family were in the ascendant, including Queen Kaahumanu's brothers, Kalanimoku, Kuakini, and Koki. Kelahuna was taken in marriage by Keeaumoku-pana-iaheahe [sic.], a member of the Kaahumanu family.

Queen Kaahumanu was bitterly opposed to the marriage and, as the story goes, she ordered Kelahuna to swim across Kealakekua bay in Kona, island of Hawaii, known to be infested by man-eating sharks. An excellent swimmer, Kelahuna started for the opposite shore. Although followed by several sharks, she was not molested by them, and reached her destination in safety. The shark was known as the protective deity of her clan.

Kelahuna's mother was said to have upbraided Kaahumanu for the latter's designs on her daughter's life and challenged her right to use members of her family in a manner that only servants should be treated. The story goes that Kaahumanu expressed contrition. The chiefess was always afterward known as Kelahuna-au-kai-- swimmer of the sea.

Many of present-day Hawaiians have beautiful family histories which have been either lost in antiquity or never printed. So, Henry Kia Kanekawaiola Nahaolelua's fondness for fishing and his knowledge of the ancient Hawaiian's folklore of the sea have served their purpose in perpetuating something of the family tree of one of Hawaii's noble families of the long ago.

Henry's fund of fishing stories was large and of exceptional interest. These stories were handed down the line from father to son during many ages of pre-historic Hawaii. They told of fish that snored, "even as you and I", fish that danced the hula: all strange tales, charmingly entwined with the hoary superstitions of the Hawaiian race concerning fish and fishes and fishing, which is not surprising at all, for all the Hawaiians of that day, even as of today, called upon the sea to provide them with their main subsistence - fish.

Henry's father, the late John Kia Nahaolelua, was head of the Iolani Palace grounds police. He died on April 1, 1927, and his son also died on April 1 - on a Monday, at practically the same hour of the day, shortly before the sun reached its Zenith. Father and son went on in bright daylight.

Henry was a brother, and only brother, of Mrs. Melvin Holt [Mary K. Nahaolelua, b. 1901, Honolulu, HI], public school teacher, and his grandmother was Mrs. Elizabeth Kahele St. John, who accompanied Queen Liliuokalani to Washington. His grandmother was a descendent of Nakookoo-ku-mai-he-lani, Henry being the latter's great, great grandson."


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"Tales about Hawaii:
Nobles of the Kingdom of Hawaii"

by Clarice B. Taylor
Honolulu Star Bulletin, Friday, March 28, 1958

"The makeup of the 1873 Legislature which elected King William Charles Lunalilo tells the story all too well of how the kalani of the Hawaiian nobility were dying and being replaced by the haoles.

Ferdinand W. Hutchinson, Minister of the Interior, Stephen H. Phillips, Attorney General and Robert Stirling, Minister of Finance were the haoles who called the Legislature into session. Hutchinson and Phillips were Americans, Stirling was a Scotchman.

Peter Nahaolelua, an ali'i from Maui, was president of the House of Nobles, whose members were all appointed by the King.

Five Haole Nobles-- Charles R. Bishop, John O. Dominis, E.O. Hall, A.F. Judd and Robert Stirling.

The other six Hawaiian Nobles were Peter Y. Kaeo, cousin of Queen Emma and son of Lahilahi Young and her husband Joshua Kaea. The Kaeos are descendants of Maui Kings. David Kalakaua, probably the highest chief of the kingdom, and a candidate for king. Charles Kanaina, aged father of Prince William Charles Lunalilo and a descendant of Hawaii Island Kings. L.A. Kahanu, a chief from Kauai. W.P. Kamakau, a chief from South Kona, Big Island. Paul Kanoa, Governor of the island of Kauai, and descendant of Hawaii Island Kings.

Seated in the house as elected representatives of the people were 23 Hawaiians and 5 haoles. D.H. Hitchcock was the speaker. The other haoles were J.O. Carter, I.K. Hart, C.H. Judd, A.F. Judd, and W.H. Rice.

Hawaiians were L. Aholo, G.W.D. Halemanu, M. Kahananui, E. Kekoa, J. Komoakehuehu, J.W. Lonoaia, E. Mekalemi, K.H. Nahenu, R. Newton, Z. Poli, W. Hanaike, S.K. Kaai, D.W. Kaiue, A. Kaukau, S. Kipi, H. Kuehelani, W.T. Martin, J.W. Naihe, J. Nawahi, P. Nui and J.W.Paikule."


Read excerpts from Queen Liliuokalani's book, Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen, where she describes her impending trip to Washington, DC, accompanied by her lady in waiting, Elizabeth Kahele Nahaolelua at the University of Pennsylvania's Digital Library Programs and Projects page, A Celebration of Women Writers, Chapters VI - XV, and Chapters XLIX-LVII.

Elizabeth Kahelemanawaole [Parents] 1.Elizabeth married 2 Henry Kia Nahaolelua.

They had the following children:

  M i Edward Nahono-o-Piilani 1.
  M ii Henry St. John Kaleookekoi 1.
  M iii George William Lua 1.
  M iv John Vivian St. John Kapokini 1.
  M v Charles Kalaninoheainamoku 1.
  M vi Albert Kamainiualani 1.
  M vii Alexander Pahukula Kuanamoa 1.
  M viii Elizabeth Alice Kalakini 1.
  F ix Emma Rhoda Kaaiohelo.

Kalua Kuakini [Parents] 1.Kalua married 2 Kaiihue.

Kaiihue 1. married 2 Kalua Kuakini.

They had the following children:

  F i Luaapana 1.
  M ii Keaoku 1.

Kahalepuhie 1. married 2 Kepoo.

Kepoo [Parents] 1, 2. married 3 Kahalepuhie.

Other marriages:
Kalanikapuainui,

They had the following children:

  F i Poki (Poki-a-Kepoo).

Kalanikapuainui 1. married 2 Kepoo.

Kepoo [Parents] 1, 2. married 3 Kalanikapuainui.

Other marriages:
Kahalepuhie,

They had the following children:

  M i Naeole.

Paalua 1. married 2 Poki (Poki-a-Kepoo).

Poki (Poki-a-Kepoo) [Parents] 1. married 2 Paalua.

They had the following children:

  F i Sarah Kahakuakoi.

C. Kealohapauole 1.C. married 2 Sarah Kahakuakoi.

Sarah Kahakuakoi [Parents] 1.Sarah married 2 C. Kealohapauole.

They had the following children:

  F i Ann Niulii.
  F ii Lydia Kamae 1.
  M iii George Kauluhaimalama 1.

Kahaleaahu 1, 2. married 3, 4 Ann Niulii.

Ann Niulii [Parents] 1, 2.Ann married 3, 4 Kahaleaahu.

They had the following children:

  F i Helen Kalolowahilani 1, 2.
  M ii John Paalua Kahaleaahu 1.
  M iii David Kauluhaimalama Kahaleaahu 1.

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