Abigail Kuaihelani Campbell

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Abigail Kuaihelani Campbell
Abigail Kuaihelani Campbell.jpg
Born (1858-08-22)August 22, 1858
Lahaina, Kingdom of Hawaii
Died November 1, 1908(1908-11-01) (aged 50)
Honolulu, Kingdom of Hawaii
Nationality Kingdom of Hawaii
Ethnicity Hapa-Haole (Caucasian-Hawaiian)
Occupation Political leader
Spouse(s) James Campbell
Samuel Parker
Children Abigail Campbell Kawānanakoa + others
Parents John Maipinepine Bright
Mary Kamai Hanaike

Abigail Kuaihelani Maipinepine Bright, Mrs. Campbell (1858–1908) was member of the nobility of the Kingdom of Hawaii who married two powerful businessmen.


Abigail Kuaihelani Maipinepine Bright was born on August 22, 1858 on Lahaina, Maui.[1][2] Her mother was Mary Kamai Hanaike and father was John Maipinepine Bright.[3][4] Her proportion of Native Hawaiian blood has been disputed, but she is mentioned to having some relations to the ancient royalty of Maui island.[5]

Abigail and daughters.
The Hui Aloha ʻĀina o Na Wahine.

On October 30, 1877, she married Scotch-Irish American businessman James Campbell (1826–1900).[6] Her children were Margaret (1880–1882), Alice Kamokilaikawai (1884–1971) (see Alice Campbell), James, Jr. (1886–1889), Muriel (Mrs. Robert K.) Shingle (1890–1951), Royalist (1893–1896), Beatrice (Mrs. Francis) Wrigley.[7] Her daughter, Abigail Campbell (1882–1945), became better-known as Abigail Campbell Kawānanakoa after marrying a Hawaiian prince.

Another daughter, Alice Kamokila (1884–1971), became active in the anti-statehood movement after annexation.[8] Other daughters were Beatrice and Muriel. A son James Campbell, Jr. and other children died young.[4] James Campbell, Sr. died in 1900 and bequeathed his widow one-third of the estate during her lifetime.

After the 1893 overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii, she and Emma Nāwahī, wife of Joseph Nāwahī, became leaders of the movement for protesting the takeover called Hui Hawaiʻi Aloha ʻĀina o Na Wahine (Hawaiian Women's Patriot League),[9] to which she became the president of.

On January 4, 1902, Abigail Kuaihelani Campbell married widower Samuel Parker, half owner of Parker Ranch.[10] It was a private ceremony in the Occidental Hotel of San Francisco with a judge presiding. The Campbell estate owned the St. James Hotel in San Jose, California. She was preparing to celebrate the wedding of her daughter Abigail to Prince David Kawānanakoa, which happened two days later. The Parkers traveled to Washington, D.C.[11] They returned to California February 2, 1902; it was rumored that Parker would be appointed as the next governor of the Territory of Hawaii.[12] However, George R. Carter was appointed instead. In August 1903 she had an expensive set of jewelry stolen after a reception in Honolulu for opening a new hotel.[13] Most of the jewelry was recovered; a servant surnamed Gallagher was charged.[14] They had no children.

She died November 1, 1908 after surgery for breast cancer.[15]

Family tree[edit]

James Campbell
Abigail Kuaihelani

David Piʻikoi
Victoria Kinoiki

Abigail Campbell

David Kawānanakoa
Edward Abnel

Jonah Kūhiō

m. Elizabeth Kahanu

David Kalākaua

Abigail Kapiʻolani

Lydia Liliʻuokalani

Edward A. Kawānanakoa
Poʻomaikelani Kawānanakoa
Kapiʻolani Marignoli
(born 1928)
Abigail K. K. Kawānanakoa
(born 1926)
Quentin Kawānanakoa
(born 1961)


  1. ^ "Death of Mrs. Campbell-Parker at the Hospital". Hawaiian Gazette (Honolulu). November 8, 1908. p. 1. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ Richard A. Hawkins (2003). "Princess Abigail Kawananakoa: the Forgotten Territorial Native Hawaiian Leader". Hawaiian Journal of History 37 (Hawaii Historical Society). pp. 163–77. hdl:10524/354. 
  3. ^ "Abigail Kuaihelani Maipinepine". Our Family History and Ancestry. Families of Old Hawaii. Retrieved 2010-03-25. 
  4. ^ a b "James Campbell, Esq.". James Campbell Company LLC. 2003. Retrieved 2010-03-23. 
  5. ^ Kapikauinamoku (December 11, 1955). "The Story of Maui Royalty: Lunaliloʻs Dynasty Is Represented By Amalus". The Honolulu Advertiser. 
  6. ^ "Marriage record, Oahu(1832–1910)". state archives digital collections. state of Hawaii. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  7. ^ Barbara Bennett Peterson (1984). Notable Women of Hawaii. University of Hawaii Press. p. 209. ISBN 0-8248-0820-7. 
  8. ^ John S. Whitehead (1993). "Anti-Statehood Movement and the Legacy of Alice Kamokila Campbell". Hawaiian Journal of History 27 (Hawaii Historical Society). pp. 43–63. hdl:10524/218. 
  9. ^ Noenoe K. Silva (2004). Aloha betrayed: native Hawaiian resistance to American colonialism. Duke University Press. p. 130. ISBN 978-0-8223-3349-4. 
  10. ^ "A day's weddings". New York Times. January 5, 1902. Retrieved 2010-03-25. 
  11. ^ "San Jose Lady has a Responsible Position in Prospect". The Evening News (San Jose, California). January 31, 1902. Retrieved 2010-03-25. 
  12. ^ "Prince David and His Bride Are En Route to Island Home". The Evening News (San Jose, California). February 1, 1902. Retrieved 2010-03-25. 
  13. ^ "$80,000 Robbery in Honolulu: Mrs. Samuel Parker's Jewels Stolen After She Had Attended a Reception". New York Times. August 3, 1903. Retrieved 2010-03-25. 
  14. ^ "Late News". Prescott Evening Courier. October 22, 1903. Retrieved 2010-03-25. 
  15. ^ "Death of Mrs. Campbell-Parker at the Hospital". Hawaiian Gazette. November 3, 1908. Retrieved June 13, 2010.  (reprinted from Honolulu Advertiser)