|Kuhina Nui of the Hawaiian Islands and Governor of Oʻahu|
|Kuhina Nui of the Hawaiian Islands|
|Reign||December 21, 1863 – August 24, 1864|
|Royal Governor of Oʻahu|
|Predecessor||John Adams Kuakini|
|Successor||John Owen Dominis|
Ruth Keʻelikōlani (probable)
|Mataio (Matthew) Keawenui Kekūanaōʻa|
|Born||c. January 1794
|Died||November 24, 1868
Pakakanene, Honolulu, Oʻahu
|Burial||December 22, 1868
Mauna ʻAla Royal Mausoleum
Birth and early life
He was born either in 1791 or around January 1794 during George Vancouver's visit to Hilo. His mother was Inaina, daughter of Pupuka, an Oʻahu chief who perished with Elani of Ewa in their revolt against Kahekili II. He is considered to have two fathers, Kiʻilaweau, the grandson of the Hawaii Island Chief Alapaʻinuiakauaua, the king that had sought to kill the infant Kamehameha at his birth,:146 and Nāhiʻōleʻa.
He was the Royal Governor of Oʻahu 1839–1864. On December 21, 1863 he was made the sixth Kuhina Nui, replacing his daughter who became Crown Princess and heir apparent to the throne. For most of his reign as Kuhina Nui he supported his son Kamehameha V's view of abolishing the position. He held the position until 1864 when the Constitution of 1864 abolished it. He also served as a member of the House of Nobles from 1841–1868, Privy Council 1845–1869, and as President of the Board of Education from 1860. In 1866, Mark Twain wrote of Mataio Kekūanāoʻa: "[A] man of noble presence.." and "[S]eemingly natural and fitted to the place as if he had been born to it...."
He was the punahele, or intimate companion of King Kamehameha II in his youth, and followed him to England where the King and Queen Kamāmalu died of measles in 1824. He was able to escape the sickness and return to Hawaii, stabilizing himself in the court by marrying two wives of his late sovereign. His first marriage to Kalehua was from 1822 to 1825, and the product of this marriage was a son named Paʻaula. He married again to Pauahi, the widow of Kamehameha II. Their marriage lasted only months, from November 1825 to her death in February of 1826. He is considered the father of her daughter Princess Ruth Keʻelikōlani.
He remarried Elizabeth Kīnaʻu, another Kamehameha II widow, who ruled as the Kuhina Nui at the time under the name Kaʻahumanu II. From her he fathered David Kamehameha, Moses Kekūāiwa, Lot Kapuāiwa, Alexander Liholiho, and Victoria Kamāmalu. His sons Alexander and Lot would become King Kamehameha IV and King Kamehameha V. His daughter would become the fifth Kuhina Nui as Kaʻahumanu IV. The third marriage lasted from 1827 until Kīnaʻu's death in 1839. After 6 years as a widower he remarried again in 1845, to the High Chiefess Kaloloahilani. The marriage resulted in the birth of a son on November 28, 1846.
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John Adams Kuakini
|Royal Governor of Oʻahu
John Owen Dominis
|Kuhina Nui of the Hawaiian Islands
December 21, 1863 – August 24, 1864