Hawaiian Royalty

  1863-1872 King Kamehameha V
(Lot Kapu
Lived 1830-1872

Kamehameha IV's brother, he was a bachelor and guardian of Hawaiian sovereignty, he was unable to persuade his childhood sweetheart, Princess Bernice Pauahi, to succeed him.

His death marks the end of the Kamehameha Dynasty.




  Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop
Lived 1831-1884

She was the great-granddaughter of Kamehameha I and heir to vast lands. Her husband, banker and businessman Charles Reed Bishop, established Bishop Museum in1889 in her memory.






  1873-1874 King Lunalilo
William Charles Lunalilo

Lived 1835-1874

Lunalilo was the grand-nephew of Kamehameha I. Elected by the people of Hawai`i, his reign marks the beginning of the Kalākaua Dynasty. Lunalilo was a life-long bachelor.  



  1874-1891 King David La`amea Kalākaua
The Merrie Monarch
Lived 1836-1891

Voted in by the Legislature, he was a high chief descended from noble line of chiefs. He launched a renaissance of Hawaiian culture.









  Queen Kapi`olani II
Esther Julia Kapi`olani
Lived 1834-1899

She was the granddaughter of Kaumuali`i, the last king of the island of Kaua`i before being ceded to the unified Hawaiian Islands governed by Kamehameha the Great. She was also the step-daughter of Queen Regent Ka`ahumanu.


  Princess Ke`elikōlani
Lived 1826-1883

Ruth Luka Keanolani Kauanahoahoa Ke`elikōlani was the great-granddaughter of Kamehameha I. She was a member of both the Kamehameha Dynasty and Kalākaua Dynasty (thought not by blood), and Governor of the Island of Hawai`i. Ruth became the largest landholder in the Kingdom of Hawai`i, owner of lands that would later become part of the present-day Kamehameha Schools / Bernice Pauahi Bishop Estate as well as the estate of Sam Parker. Princess Ke`elikōlani was a staunch traditionalist.

Ruth was one of the more pivotal and influential characters in Hawaiian history. She was probably the half-sister of King Kamehameha IV, King Kamehameha V and Princess Victoria Kamamalu. She was godmother to Princess Ka`iulani. And after the death of Princess Likelike, Ruth made it a point to ensure Ka`iulani would be raised properly befitting her role as heir to the throne of Hawai`i after the reign of Queen Lili`uokalani.










  1891-1893 Queen Lili`uokalani
(Lydia Kamakaeha Lili`uokalani)
Deposed in 1893; Abdicated in 1895
Lived 1836-1917

She was the former high chiefess Lydia Kamakaeha and sister of Kalākaua. Lili`uokalani wed American John Owen Dominis (1851-1887), Oahu governor under King Kalākaua. Her overthrow in 1893 ended the Hawaiian monarchy.

Hawai`i's Last Queen


  Princess Likelike
Lived 1851-1888

She was the youngest daughter of High Chieftess Analea Keohokalole and High Chief Caesar Kaluaiku Kapa`akea. She was the sister of King David Kalākaua and Queen Lili`uokalani. She was the mother of Princess Ka`iulani, last heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawai`i.





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